HUNTINGTON, W. Va. -- Rakeem Cato threw for two touchdowns and ran for two more on Friday as Marshall took an early undisputed lead and defeated East Carolina 59-28 to win the East Division of Conference USA.
Marshall (9-3, 7-1) was up 24-0 after Cato threw a 3-yard TD pass to Gator Hoskins with 9:33 left to play in the second quarter. The Pirates scored before halftime on back-to-back turnovers by Marshall, with a Vintavious Cooper 2-yard TD run and a field goal by Warren Harvey. East Carolina (9-3, 6-2) was never able to get closer than a 14-point margin for the rest of the game.
Essray Taliaferro led the Thundering Herd with a game-high 161 yards rushing on 26 carries and surpassed 1,000 yards for the season.
East Carolina's Shane Carden threw three interceptions after throwing just seven for the season before the matchup. Carden finished with 291 yards passing.
Former University of Houston security guard Derrick Dewayne Hicks was indicted on Wednesday for an assault following UH's win in the AAC title game last December, according to multiple reports.
Tony Kornheiser suggests the SEC is looking to ban the Michigan football team from spending spring break in Florida because they fear Jim Harbaugh.
On The Paul FInebaum Show, sports commentator John Bacon explains why Michigan's practice in Florida shouldn't affect the SEC's recruitment.
USC versus Utah has been a very entertaining matchup the past two seasons, and it should be again this coming September.
ESPN Big Ten reporter Austin Ward discusses the expectations for DE Nick Bosa, who committed to Ohio State and is looking to take over for his older brother, Joey.
NCAA rules and compliance expert David Ridpath joins The Paul Finebaum Show to discuss the controversy of Michigan heading to Florida for football practice.