Boxscore
West Virginia 34, Marshall 13
Sunday, September 4, 2011 3:30 PM
Location - Mountaineer Field
Attendance - 60758

Final Scoring Summary

Final 1 2 3 4 T
Marshall 7 3 3 0 13
West Virginia 3 17 7 7 34

Recap


West Virginia overcame multiple weather delays and an early challenge from in-state rival Marshall to make Dana Holgorsen a winner in his debut as Mountaineers coach.

Geno Smith threw two touchdown passes, and Tavon Austin had a momentum-shifting 100-yard kick return to lift the Mountaineers to a 34-13 win in a game that was called early in the fourth quarter Sunday in Morgantown, W.V.

Austin’s big return put the Mountaineers up 27-13 with five minutes left in the third quarter. The game was suspended at that point and wouldn’t resume until 8:45 ET, a three-hour, three-minute delay.

West Virginia scored on its opening possession after the delay, only to have the game stopped again by lightning in the area. The game was called at approximately 10:30 ET, seven hours after it kicked off.

Corey Smith’s 55-yard punt return gave Marshall the early 7-0 lead, but West Virginia scored the game’s next 20 points and never trailed again.

Rakeem Cato became the first true freshman to start for Marshall at quarterback since Chad Pennington in 1995. Cato completed 15-of-20 passes for 115 yards, but couldn’t get the Thundering Herd in the end zone.

West Virginia improved to 10-0 all-time against Marshall.
SCORING
Scoring Summary
1st Quarter - 10:18
Marshall   TD  West Virginia 0 - Marshall 7
1st Quarter - 5:36
West Virginia   FG  West Virginia 3 - Marshall 7
2nd Quarter - 13:51
West Virginia   TD  West Virginia 10 - Marshall 7
2nd Quarter - 5:25
West Virginia   TD  West Virginia 17 - Marshall 7
2nd Quarter - 1:55
West Virginia   FG  West Virginia 20 - Marshall 7
2nd Quarter - 0:00
Marshall   FG  West Virginia 20 - Marshall 10
3rd Quarter - 5:14
Marshall   FG  West Virginia 20 - Marshall 13
3rd Quarter - 4:59
West Virginia   TD  West Virginia 27 - Marshall 13
4th Quarter - 14:36
West Virginia   TD  West Virginia 34 - Marshall 13
TEAMS

Team Records

  Marshall West Virginia
W/L 0 - 0 - 0 0 - 0 - 0
Conference 0 - 0 - 0 0 - 0 - 0

Team Stats

  Marshall West Virginia
Score 13 34
First Downs 9 17
3rd Down Efficiency 3-for-11
27%
7-for-14
50%
4th Down Efficiency 0-for-1
0%
0-for-1
0%
Total Yards 187 291
Rushing
Rushes-Net Yards 23-72 26-42
Average/Rush 3.1 1.6
Passing
Comp-Att 15-21 26-35
Passing Yards 115 249
Average/Pass Play 5.2 6.9
Penalties-Yards 7-35 2-15
Fumbles-Lost 1-0 1-0
Interceptions Thrown 0 0
Time of Possession 20:33 24:51

PLAYER STATS

Marshall (0 - 0)
Passing
  COMP/ATT YDS TD INT
R. Cato 15/21 115 0 0
West Virginia (0 - 0)
Passing
  COMP/ATT YDS TD INT
G. Smith 26/35 249 2 0
Rushing
  ATT YDS AVG TD
T. Martinez 10 76 7.6 0
R. Cato 2 3 1.5 0
T. Van 10 1 0.1 0
Rushing
  ATT YDS AVG TD
A. Buie 15 30 2.0 0
V. Roberts 7 12 1.7 1
G. Smith 3 7 2.3 0
T. Austin 1 -7 -7.0 0
Receiving
  REC YDS AVG TD
A. Wilson 4 64 16.0 0
A. Dobson 6 22 3.7 0
C. Crawford 1 16 16.0 0
J. Kelson 2 13 6.5 0
T. Martinez 1 1 1.0 0
G. Hoskins 1 -1 -1.0 0
Receiving
  REC YDS AVG TD
S. Bailey 5 76 15.2 1
D. Brown 4 42 10.5 0
T. Austin 3 32 10.7 0
I. McCartney 5 31 6.2 1
W. Milhouse 1 29 29.0 0
B. Starks 1 11 11.0 0
A. Buie 4 11 2.8 0
D. Garrison 2 9 4.5 0
T. Urban 1 8 8.0 0
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