HUNTINGTON, W.Va. — Three straight losses to the same rival can build up plenty of frustration. The Marshall football team, which hadn’t beaten Ohio in “The Battle for the Bell” since 2010, took that frustration into Saturday’s edition of the series and unleashed it on the Bobcats.
Quarterback Rakeem Cato threw for 425 yards and four touchdowns as the Thundering Herd scored the first 41 points of the game on its way to a 44-14 win at Joan C. Edwards Stadium. That gave the Herd (3-0) possession again of “The Bell,” the trophy that goes to the winner. As the players paraded it around the field following the game, several clamored to ring it.
All Cato wanted was to know it was Marshall’s.
“The only thing I wanted to do was touch it,” he said. “It felt great, to be in my possession and touch it any time I wanted to touch it.”
Marshall’s 30-point win was its most lopsided in the series since the Herd beat the Bobcats 34-3 in Huntington in 1999…