Marshall dominates Western Carolina 52-24Marshall coach Doc Holliday directs his players against Western Carolina during an NCAA college football game on Saturday, Sept. 8, 2012, at Joan C. Edwards Stadium in Huntington, W.Va. (AP Photo/The Herald-Dispatch, Mark Webb)
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) -- Rakeem Cato threw for 337 yards and three touchdowns, helping Marshall build a sizable early lead in an easy 52-24 win over Western Carolina on Saturday night.
Cato was 32 of 42 passing for the Thundering Herd (1-1) before giving way to freshman backup Blake Frohnapfel, who was a perfect 4 of 4 passing for 53 yards with one touchdown.
Marshall's quarterback spread it around in the second quarter, throwing TD passes of 1 yard to Gator Hoskins, 2 yards to Aaron Dobson and 12 yards to Demetrius Evans for a 24-0 Marshall lead. Richard Sigmon's 40-yard field goal at the halftime whistle finally opened the scoring for the Catamounts (1-1).
Devin Arrington returned an interception 18 yards for a score to push the Thundering Herd's advantage to 45-10.
The Thundering Herd outgained the Catamounts 615-335, including a 430-191 yard margin through the air.