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Recap, stats: UAB defense gashed for 657 yards in 56-14 loss to Marshall

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Garrick McGee's UAB Blazers finished with 464 total yards and 22 first downs but did not force a Marshall punt until the fourth quarter.(AP Photo/Mark Humphrey) Garrick McGee's UAB Blazers finished with 464 total yards and 22 first downs but did not force a Marshall punt until the fourth quarter.(AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) -- Rakeem Cato had four total touchdowns and Marshall had 657 total yards on Saturday in a 56-14 rout of UAB.

The Thundering Herd (6-3, 4-1 Conference-USA) scored quickly and easily. They averaged 12.6 yards per play to break a school record set in 1991 against VMI (12.4).

Cato surpassed Chad Pennington to become Marshall's all-time leader in consecutive games with a TD pass at 27. Cato had 276 yards, three passing touchdowns and no interceptions. His 20 pass attempts were the fewest in his career.

Steward Butler ran for 139 yards, Essray Taliaferro had 118 and Kevin Grooms had 108. It was the first time three Marshall players rushed for at least 100 yards in a game.

UAB (2-7, 1-4) finished with 464 total yards and 22 first downs but did not force a Marshall punt until the fourth quarter.

Jordan Howard had 123 yards on 22 carries for the Blazers.

Team Stat Comparison

 UABMRSH
1st Downs 22 25
Total Yards 464 657
Passing 176 276
Rushing 288 381
Penalties 2-15 8-50
3rd Down Conversions 7-16 3-6
4th Down Conversions 2-4 1-1
Turnovers 2 0
Possession 39:01 20:59

Passing Leaders

 
UABC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Perry 10/17 176 10.4 1 0
 
MarshallC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Cato 14/20 276 13.8 3 0

Rushing Leaders

 
UABCARYDSAVGTDLG
Howard 22 123 5.6 0 31
Reaves 24 98 4.1 1 23
 
MarshallCARYDSAVGTDLG
Butler 7 139 19.9 1 61
Taliaferro 12 118 9.8 2 24

Receiving Leaders

 
UABRECYDSAVGTDLG
Nelson 1 58 58.0 0 58
Reaves 3 47 15.7 1 32
 
MarshallRECYDSAVGTDLG
Shuler 6 100 16.7 1 24
Hoskins 2 67 33.5 0 50

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERUABMRSH
TD 12:41 Essray Taliaferro 7 Yd Run (Justin Haig Kick) 0 7
TD 08:59 Darrin Reaves 2 Yd Run (Ty Long Kick) 7 7
TD 07:26 Eric Frohnapfel 39 Yd Pass From Rakeem Cato (Justin Haig Kick) 7 14
TD 03:22 Kevin Grooms 71 Yd Run (Justin Haig Kick) 7 21
SECOND QUARTERUABMRSH
TD 12:18 Tommy Shuler 6 Yd Pass From Rakeem Cato (Justin Haig Kick) 7 28
TD 08:45 Darrin Reaves 32 Yd Pass From Jonathan Perry (Ty Long Kick) 14 28
TD 00:20 Kevin Grooms 9 Yd Pass From Rakeem Cato (Justin Haig Kick) 14 35
THIRD QUARTERUABMRSH
TD 12:43 Essray Taliaferro 16 Yd Run (Justin Haig Kick) 14 42
TD 05:44 Rakeem Cato 6 Yd Run (Justin Haig Kick) 14 49
FOURTH QUARTERUABMRSH
TD 11:41 Steward Butler 49 Yd Run (Justin Haig Kick) 14 56
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