Pirates outlast Herd in double overtime
GREENVILLE, N.C. —There’s just something about Marshall’s Thundering Herd and East Carolina playing football that brings about the wildest finishes ever.
In a Friday game that featured more than 1200 yards, East Carolina’s Shane Carden scored on a 1-yard quarterback keeper to give the Pirates a 65-59 double-overtime win over Marshall in front of 46,317 fans at Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium.
The loss ends Marshall’s season at 5-7 overall and 4-4 in Conference USA.
Prior to Carden’s game-winning run, Marshall running back Essray Taliaferro fumbled on the Herd’s possession in the second overtime.
It ruined a terrific game for Taliaferro, who led Marshall with 130 yards rushing on 27 carries.
The teams traded touchdowns in the first extra session with ECU (8-4, 7-1) striking first on a 25-yard pass from Carden to Andrew Bodenheimer on the first play of overtime. After getting a fourth-down conversion, Marshall backup quarterback Blake Frohnapfel hit Antavious Wilson on a 4-yard touchdown pass to force the second overtime.
The overtimes came after a wild end to the contest in regulation.
Taliaferro scored on a 1-yard touchdown run with 1:55 left to give Marshall a 52-45 lead, but ECU rallied back down the field.
Justin Hardy caught a 19-yard pass on fourth-and-10 to keep the Pirates alive and added later catches of 17 and 19 yards to put the ball in the red zone. Carden then hit Danny Webster on a 6-yard touchdown pass in the back of the end zone with four seconds remaining in regulation to force the extra session.
Marshall took a 45-42 lead with 11:12 left following a 51-yard touchdown run by Frohnapfel, who came in for Rakeem Cato after the starter was injured on a pass late in the third quarter.
Cato came back for one play to start the fourth quarter with Marshall inside the East Carolina 10, but his pass fell incomplete as he threw off his back foot and the Herd settled for a field goal to cut the lead to 42-38 on Justin Haig’s 24-yard kick.
Prior to the injury, Cato led a masterful comeback which saw the Herd rebound from a 21-point deficit early in the second quarter to knot the game, 35-35, following a 2-yard touchdown pass to Antavious Wilson on the first drive of the second half.
Cato finished the game 31 of 40 passing for 318 yards and five touchdowns with one interception.
Two of Cato’s touchdown passes went to wide receiver Tommy Shuler, who broke Mike Barber’s single-season school record for receptions in a season during his 14-catch, 141-yard, two-touchdown performance.
His first touchdown was a 24-yard pass from Cato after East Carolina took a 28-7 lead with 12:10 left in the second quarter on Carden’s 3-yard touchdown run.
At that point, it looked like the Pirates would end Marshall’s season easily, but the Herd kept clawing.
A pivotal play in the first half occurred with just over two minutes remaining before the break. East Carolina went for it on fourth-and-1 and was stuffed for a loss, giving the Herd possession.
Marshall scored on a 19-yard pass from Cato to Shuler to cut the halftime deficit to 35-28.
MU: Aaron Dobson 32-yard TD pass from Rakeem Cato (Justin Haig kick), 10:11. MU 7, ECU 0.
ECU: Jabril Soloman 59-yard TD pass from Shane Carden (Warren Harvey kick), 9:06. ECU 7, MU 7.
ECU: Shane Carden 1-yard TD run (Warren Harvey kick), 2:37. ECU 14, MU 7.
ECU: Vintavious Cooper 9-yard TD run (Warren Harvey kick), 14:55. ECU 21, MU 7.
ECU: Shane Carden 3-yard TD run (Warren Harvey kick), 12:10. ECU 28, MU 7.
MU: Tommy Shuler 24-yard TD pass from Rakeem Cato (Justin Haig kick), 9:52. ECU 28, MU 14.
ECU: Vintavious Cooper 1-yard TD run (Warren Harvey kick), 6:56. ECU 35, MU 14.
MU: Antavious Wilson 8-yard TD pass from Rakeem Cato (Justin Haig kick), 4:50. ECU 35, MU 21.
MU: Tommy Shuler 19-yard TD pass from Rakeem Cato (Justin Haig kick), :26. ECU 35, MU 28.
MU: Antavious Wilson 2-yard TD pass from Rakeem Cato (Justin Haig kick), 11:06. MU 35, ECU 35.
ECU: Reggie Bullock 5-yard TD run (Warren Harvey kick), 7:10. ECU 42, MU 35.
MU QB Rakeem Cato injured, Blake Frohnapfel in the game.
MU QB Rakeem Cato back in the game.
MU: Justin Haig 24-yard FG, 14:51. ECU 42, MU 38.
MU QB Blake Frohnapfel back in for injured Rakeem Cato
MU: Blake Frohnapfel 51-yard TD run (Justin Haig kick), 11:13. MU 45, ECU 42.
ECU: Warren Harvey 39-yard FG, 7:16. ECU 45, MU 45.
MU: Essray Taliaferro 1-yard TD run (Justin Haig kick), 1:55. MU 52, ECU 45.
ECU: Andrew Bodenheimer 6-yard TD pass from Shane Carden (Warren Harvey kick), :04. ECU 52, MU 52.
ECU: Andrew Bodenheimer 25-yard TD pass from Shane Carden (Warren Harvey kick). ECU 59, MU 52.
MU: Antavious Wilson 4-yard TD pass from Blake Frohnapfel (Justin Haig kick), MU 59, ECU 59.
ECU: Shane Carden 1-yard TD run. ECU 65, MU 59.
FINAL: East Carolina 65, Marshall 59, 2-OT