Marshall Thunders over WCU 52-24: Herd Ready for Ohio University

Michael WalkerAnalyst IISeptember 9, 2012

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Marshall crushed Western Carolina as anticipated Saturday, winning 52-24 in a warm-up for next week's game against Ohio University. Marshall evened its record at 1-1. The Thundering Herd out-gained the Catamounts 615-335, including a 430-to-191-yard margin through the air

Marshall jumped out to a 24-0 lead before WCU kicked a field goal to end the first half.  Rakeem Cato had a big game as expected, passing for 377 yards and three touchdowns on 32-of-42 passing with no interceptions.

Cato spread it around in the second quarter, throwing TD passes of one yard to Gator Hoskins, two yards to Aaron Dobson and 12 yards to Demetrius Evans. Cato was relieved by freshman Blake Frohnapfel in the fourth quarter.

Frohnapfel threw for an additional touchdown and was a perfect 4-of-4 for 93 yards. The injured Aaron Dobson led all Marshall receivers with 81 yards on nine catches including a touchdown. Antavious Wilson added six receptions for 93 yards.

Marshall rushed for 185 yards and two touchdowns as 5'9", 165 lb freshman Steward Butler led Marshall with 60 yards and one touchdown with eight carries.

Devin Arrington added an 18-yard interception return for a third-quarter touchdown. Sophomore tight end Eric Frohnapfel scored on a 29-yard pass from Blake Frohnapfel with 6:57 left in the game to make the score 52-17.

WCU added a fourth-quarter touchdown against Marshall reserves with Sullivan running in for a 12-yard score at the 3:12 mark..

Eddie Sullivan led Western Carolina, going 19-of-40 passing with one touchdown and one interception. Sullivan also led the Cantamounts in rushing with 50 yards and two touchdowns on 10 carries.

WCU dropped to 1-1 and faces Wofford next Saturday at 7:00 p.m ET.

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