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Marshall brings home the bell

Charleston Daily Mail photo by Craig Cunningham Marshall's Ra'Shawde Myers (40) carries the "The Bell" while he and the rest of the team parade around Joan C. Edwards Stadium after defeating the Ohio Bobcats 44 - 14 in the "Battle for the Bell." Marshall hasn't had possession of the bell since 2010. At right is Clint Van Horn (78).
Charleston Daily Mail photo by Craig Cunningham
Marshall’s Ra’Shawde Myers (40) carries the “The Bell” while he and the rest of the team parade around Joan C. Edwards Stadium after defeating the Ohio Bobcats 44 – 14 in the “Battle for the Bell.” Marshall hasn’t had possession of the bell since 2010. At right is Clint Van Horn (78).

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…

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