Offenses shine as WVU outscores Marshall

In the last of the Friends of Coal games, West Virginia delivered a 655-yard total offense package and Marshall was nearly as loud with its offensive cannons with its 545 yards. And West Virginia built a 49-point lead before settling for a 69-34 win over the Thundering Herd in a game played before 59,120 in Morgantown.

The offensive numbers could not be overlooked as the Mountaineers scored at least two touchdowns in all four quarters and the Thundering Herd tried to answer after being blanked in the first quarter.

First downs went to WVU, 31-28. The Mountaineers weighed in with 331 rushing yards while Marshall had 132 ground yards, but 413 passing yards from Rakeem Cato. WVU quarterback Geno Smith threw for 347 yards with his 32 completions in only 36 passes.

Marshall lost two turnovers while WVU had none.

Shawne Alston rushed for 123 yards and averaged 7.7 yards per carry, while Andrew Buie had 80 yards (13.3 yards per carry), Tavon Austin another 66 yards (22 yards per carry), and Smith another 65 yards (8.1 yards a try).

Austin (10 catches, one TD), Stedman Bailey (nine catches for 104 yards and two scores), and J. D. Woods (75 yards on seven catches and one TD) led the Mountaineer receivers.

Eric Frohnapfel (six receptions, one TD), Tommy Shuler (five, one score), and Aaron Dobson, Jermaine Kelson, and Travo Van (all with four receptions) led the Marshall receiving corps.

Dominick LeGrande had 13 tackles and Lex Bazzie 11 for Marshall. Isaiah Bruce led the Mountaineers with 16 tackles and Terence Garvin had 12.  Garvin had a sack and two stops for lost yardage. Bruce had a fumble recovery and Doug Rigg the only interception the Mountaineers managed against Cato. Monterius Lovett intercepted reserve quarterback Paul Millard.

¬† The Friends of Coal series ended on an offensive note — 1,200 combined yards by the teams.

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