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Cato sets TD record in Herd romp

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MIAMI — When Rakeem Cato set that much-ballyhooed record for consecutive games with a touchdown pass Saturday, his Marshall team really needed it.

The 24th-ranked Thundering Herd...

Cato sets record in Herd romp

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Cato threw for four touchdowns as Marshall finally pulled away from feisty Florida International 45-13. His first one, a 1-yard throw to freshman tight end Ryan Yurachek, gave him a passing touchdown in 39 consecutive ga...

Herd takes road show to FIU

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MIAMI — It wasn’t that long ago that Marshall’s football team couldn’t beat anyone on the road. Now, it is rag-dolling opponents in their own house.

Even las...

C-USA notebook: Herd keeps an eye on FAU-UAB game

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Four teams sit a game in the loss column behind Marshall in Conference USA’s East Division, and that number could well be reduced to one by the end of the day.

The Thundering Herd (6-0, 2-0) must take care o...

Tight end Smith has become FIU’s go-to receiver

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HUNTINGTON — Florida International features a do-it-all tight end who can line up everywhere and do almost everything in the Panthers’ offense.

That’s perhaps the m...

With Leonard back, FIU owns C-USA’s top defense

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HUNTINGTON — The fumble sat in the end zone for a second or two, begging to be fallen on.

If the offensive team, Florida Atlantic, falls on it, the Owls score a game-tying touchd...

Herd making most of its depth

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HUNTINGTON — The recent rise of Marshall football has been fueled by speed and talent, but another common denominator is depth and the ability of reserves to rise up and excel when nee...

FIU leads nation in creating turnovers

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HUNTINGTON — This is not the 2013 Florida International team Marshall is preparing to face. Coach Doc Holliday, the authority on all things south Florida, sees a vast difference.

Herd loaded with motivation

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HUNTINGTON — As much as Marshall players want the upcoming road trip to be as ordinary and businesslike as all the others, a special weekend awaits.

When the Thundering Herd take...

Marshall-FIU TV plans TBA

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HUNTINGTON — The folks at Channel 8 / 11 are assuring Marshall fans that they can see their 25th-ranked team play Saturday at Florida International.

Somewhere. That...

Herd gets personal in romp over MTSU

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HUNTINGTON — To a man, Marshall players uttered one word that summed up their attitude toward their bout Saturday with Middle Tennessee.

Personal.

As it was, they were smar...

Marshall notebook: Hunter pays tribute to injured teammate

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HUNTINGTON — When it was certain that Marshall linebacker Evan McKelvey would be sidelined for the season, D.J. Hunter wore his emotions on his sleeve about it.

Check that. He wo...

High-flying Herd looks to hand MTSU its first C-USA loss

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HUNTINGTON — It’s not even mid-October, and the coaches of Marshall and Middle Tennessee don’t consider this the game of the year.

Let’s drag out the clich&#...

C-USA notebook: Herd could get a hand from West

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As Marshall tries to gain the upper hand in Conference USA’s East Division against Middle Tennessee, it could get a lot of help in three cross-division games today.

Florida International (3-3 overall, 2-0 C-...

Grammer punctuates MTSU’s strength at QB

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Coming off a 16-9 record over the last two seasons, Middle Tennessee had many holes to fill, with the most visible being at quarterback.

The Blue Raiders said goodbye to Logan Kilgore, who started three seasons and...

Marshall notebook: ‘Swede’ settles in at old home

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HUNTINGTON — Call it the luck of the draw or call it a successful exercise in building depth, but this is certain: You could do worse than bringing in Sebastian Johansson as the ȁ...

Herd defense wows MTSU coach

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HUNTINGTON — The string of 40-and-up numbers on the left side of Marshall’s score ledger doesn’t do this team the proper justice, the coach of the Thundering Herd’...

Marshall, Pitt agree to football series

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HUNTINGTON — In two years, a football team from West Virginia is tangling with the University of Pittsburgh for the first time in five seasons.

No, not that team.

To the co...

Marshall notebook: Herd expects physical battle with MTSU

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HUNTINGTON — All season, Marshall coach Doc Holliday has taken pride in his team’s physical nature.

That has been apparent in the Thundering Herd’s five victories, ...

Herd girds run defense

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Lost in Marshall’s recent 56-14 win over Old Dominion was this: The Thundering Herd gave up its highest rushing total of the five-game season.

The Herd improved to 5-0 (1-0 Conference USA) with ease, but yie...

Marshall drubs Old Dominion 56-14

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NORFOLK, Va. — It’s official: Old Dominion has received its full-body baptism into Conference USA.

Offensively, defensively and on special teams, Marshall dunked the league’s newest football pr...

Marshall notebook: McManus made most of opportunity

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NORFOLK, Va. — An injury to wide receiver Davonte Allen cracked the door open for Deon-Tay McManus to get on the field on scrimmage downs. He made the most of it.

McManus, the 6-foot-2, 227-pound freshman fr...

Hostile ODU crowd awaits Herd

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NORFOLK, Va. — As Marshall’s high-scoring, stoutly defensive team begins its tour of Conference USA, it will receive its most resistance yet.

Not necessarily on the ...

Conference USA notebook: MTSU goes for 3-0 in league play

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One week from today, Middle Tennessee could travel to Marshall as the first 3-0 team in the Conference USA standings, potentially setting up a high-stakes collision at Joan C. Edwards Stadium.

Remember, the Blue Ra...

Running game gives Herd balance

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HUNTINGTON — What is Marshall’s offensive identity? Is the offense a pass-oriented team or a run-oriented team? Does it run at “NASCAR” tempo, or does it choose a ...

ODU QB posts huge numbers

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Taylor Heinicke can almost name his passing yardage, if so pressed — for example, he gobbled up 730 in a game two years ago.

A single game. With no overtimes, even.

It was the first month of the 2012 s...

Herd coach likes extra week to prepare for ODU, Heinicke

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HUNTINGTON — Having an open week can slice both ways: Does your team play its next game fresher and better prepared, or does it come out rusty and fall behind in a hurry, perhaps never...

Herd trims down to start D’Antoni era

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HUNTINGTON — At one time, Marshall forwards such as Shawn Smith, Cheik Sane and TyQuane Goard were expected to bulk up for the Thundering Herd’s attempt to reverse a 22-loss sea...

Next newcomer for Herd: ODU

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HUNTINGTON — Whether you like the recent conference realignment or not, you have to admit one thing: It has added variety to game preparation for a lot of football players.

The M...

Old Dominion program makes rapid rise

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When the latest wave of realignment finally shakes out, the newfangled Conference USA will have three programs which can still be considered in their infancy.

Marshall played one last year in Texas-San Antonio. Nor...

Winfield boys shut out Nitro 3-0

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Winfield’s 3-0 win Thursday over Nitro carried postseason ramifications for a team itching to return to the state soccer tournament. It wasn’t just that the Generals improved to 11-0-2.

“This i...

Worldly UC keeps on scoring

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It seems as if they’re trying to outdo each other, those international foot wizards collectively known as the University of Charleston men’s soccer team.

Eight minutes into UC’s 5-0 rout Wedne...

C-USA notebook: Herd’s next two foes meet Friday

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Marshall players and coaches have hit the jackpot this week. For starters, they have the week off and players are excused after Friday’s practice.

That night, they can see their next two opponents on TV ...

Marshall notebook: Bumper crop for Herd frosh

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HUNTINGTON — Every year, Marshall coach Doc Holliday and his staff wrestle with a dilemma over which true freshmen will play.

In general terms, they must make an immediate impac...

Enthusiasm still high in Volleyball Showcase’s 10th year

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The best barometer of the success of the Charleston Civic Center Volleyball Showcase may be: It’s not easy for schools to get in.

Not because of their ability, for that’s not an issue. Some of the sta...

Light comes on for Herd running back

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HUNTINGTON — With a 31-3 lead, Marshall was in good shape heading into halftime last weekend at Akron. The challenge was not to be complacent for the third quarter.

Running backs...

Herd eases past Akron 48-17

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AKRON, Ohio — Gut check? What gut check?

Against Akron, Marshall was supposed to receive one good test before heading into an off week and then Conference USA play, a ...

Marshall notebook: Herd flagged for school-record 188 penalty yards in win

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AKRON, Ohio — The penalties were so pervasive, even the coach committed one.

Marshall was receiving the Akron punt with a bit over 5 minutes left in the first quarter, and ...

 Herd mauls Akron, 48-17

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AKRON, Ohio -- Rakeem Cato ran for two touchdowns and passed for another, and Marshall took advantage of four first-half turnovers Saturday to maul Akron 48-17 at InfoCision Stadium.

Much like it did last week agai...

Marshall ready for test at Akron

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AKRON, Ohio — Marshall’s Mid-American Conference mini-tour concludes today with what likely is the largest speed bump of September, the Akron Zips.

Thundering Herd f...

C-USA notebook: ODU ready for C-USA debut vs. Rice

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Now being baptized into Conference USA football, the Old Dominion Monarchs.

And what a baptism it shall be. Today, the sixth-year program plays its first C-USA game at defending champion Rice. Next Friday, the Mona...

Akron defense stern test for Herd

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HUNTINGTON — By all accounts, Marshall’s 10-yards-a-minute offense will face its toughest test to date Saturday when it lines up against Akron.

The Zips (1-1) have played ...

UC men’s soccer outlasts Notre Dame in extra time

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With the University of Charleston soccer team in command everywhere but the scoreboard, it was time to send everything and everybody to the opposing goal.

Enter Andrew Harrison.

The 5-foot-10 junior from Wash...

Loss a learning experience for Akron’s Pohl

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A three-point performance generally doesn’t bode well for an offense, but Akron quarterback Kyle Pohl partially begs to differ.

The opponent two weeks ago was Penn State, but the Zips didn’t get blown...

Herd getting first look at InfoCision Stadium

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When Marshall last traipsed into Akron, Ohio, for the purpose of playing football, Election Day was a long weekend away and the Buckeye State was ground zero in the 2004 presidential race between George W. Bush and John ...

Marshall notebook: Plays down, yards up for Herd

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HUNTINGTON — Not that it has mattered much on the stat sheet or the scoreboard, but Marshall isn’t running so many plays these days.

The Thundering Herd shocked the system...

Hot Herd takes on Bowden-coached Akron next

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In a weird sort of way, it may be fitting for this year’s Marshall team to face a head coach named Bowden.

The last time that happened was 1999, when the Thundering Herd faced Tommy Bowden’s Clemson t...

Marshall’s Mendelson fills in, gets job done

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HUNTINGTON — For four-plus long years, Trevor Mendelson has gone against the grain of today’s instant-gratification trends.

Way back in 2010, he and center Chris Jasperse ...

Cato leads Herd to 44-14 romp over Ohio

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HUNTINGTON — Marshall didn’t just snatch the Bell trophy from Ohio on Saturday, the Thundering Herd all but stole the Bobcats’ lunch money. Or per-diem allowance, if you ...

Marshall notebook: Cato put on a show after ESPN feature

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HUNTINGTON — Hours after he was the subject of an emotional feature which aired on ESPN GameDay, Marshall quarterback Rakeem Cato made another spectacular contribution to his highlight...