Marshall at Miami (Ohio)
3:30 p.m., Yager Stadium (24,286, FieldTurf), Oxford, Ohio
n TV: ESPN3.com. Crew: Shawn Kenney play-by-play, Rocky Boiman analyst
n Line: Marshall by 24
n Series: Miami leads 30-11-1
n Last meeting: Marshall 52, Miami 14, Aug. 31, 2013 at Huntington
n Tickets: Won’t be a sellout, $18-$28
n Weather: Partly cloudy, 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, high 88.
On the spot
n Angelo Jean-Louis, Marshall receiver: There are several promising Herd freshmen, but this is the one who earned a starting spot outright. It stands to reason that if he can beat Darryl Roberts and other MU corners, he can beat most defenders on the schedule. But how will he do in his college debut, in a foreign venue?
n Andrew Hendrix, Miami quarterback: He gets what he wanted today: His first collegiate start without the adjustment of playing for a new coach, before a home crowd. Can his line block for him, and what does he do when the Thundering Herd pass rush becomes, ahem, a thundering herd?
Stats ’n’ such
Center Chris Jasperse leads the Herd with 39 career starts, followed by quarterback Rakeem Cato with 35, Darryl Roberts with 35 and Jermaine Holmes and Justin Haig with 27. All told, 16 players have at least 10 starts. … Marshall has completed as many or more passes than its opposition in 25 of the last 27 games. … With punter Tyler Williams booming the ball in camp, it’s worth noting that you need 3.6 attempts per game to qualify for national statistic leadership. That’s 47 for a 13-game schedule, 51 for a 14-game slate. A lot to ask for this MU team.
Milestones: Cato can very well sweep five passing categories this year: passing attempts, completions, passing yardage, total yardage and touchdowns.
n In attempts, Cato’s 1,387 is 55 behind Byron Leftwich and 232 behind Chad Pennington’s 1,619;
n Cato’s 886 completions are 53 behind Leftwich and 140 behind Pennington’s 1,026;
n Cato’s 10,176 passing yards are 727 behind Leftwich and 2,967 behind Pennington’s 13,143;
n Cato’s 10,533 total yards are 1,551 behind Leftwich and 2,515 behind Pennington’s 13,048;
n Cato’s 91 TD passes are 24 behind Pennington’s 91.
Last but hardly least, Cato’s 32-game streak with at least one TD pass is threatening the record of 38 set by Russell Wilson of North Carolina State and Wisconsin. … Tommy Shuler has 230 career receptions, 19 behind No. 3 Mike Barber on MU’s career list; Shuler’s 2,425 receiving yards is 194 behind Cody Slate. A 1,000-yard season would put Shuler near No. 4 Randy Moss.
225 Marshall rushing yards, which would be an improvement for the Miami defense. The Herd danced and bullied its way for 304 a year ago.
300 Miami total yards, 75 more than the 2013 average and 61 more than the RedHawks managed against Marshall.
58 Combined winning margin of Marshall-Miami game and the simultaneous West Virginia-Alabama game. Not picking winners here, just the margin.
Completely useless trivia
Seventeen years and counting before the Washington NFL club will do it, Miami shed the Redskins nickname and became the RedHawks in 1997. Since then, Miami is 101-103, a .494 winning percentage well below the 125-year all-time mark of .608 (668-422-44).
Marshall returns home to begin its 24th year at Joan C. Edwards Stadium next week, taking on Rhode Island. The 7 p.m. game Saturday will be carried on WCHS, Channel 8, or WVAH, Channel 11 in the Charleston-Huntington market. Miami stays home to play Eastern Kentucky at 3:30 p.m. Saturday.
— By Doug Smock