Recap, stats: UAB defense gashed for 657 yards in 56-14 loss to Marshall

Garrick McGee's UAB Blazers finished with 464 total yards and 22 first downs but did not force a Marshall punt until the fourth quarter.(AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) -- Rakeem Cato had four total touchdowns and Marshall had 657 total yards on Saturday in a 56-14 rout of UAB.

The Thundering Herd (6-3, 4-1 Conference-USA) scored quickly and easily. They averaged 12.6 yards per play to break a school record set in 1991 against VMI (12.4).

Cato surpassed Chad Pennington to become Marshall's all-time leader in consecutive games with a TD pass at 27. Cato had 276 yards, three passing touchdowns and no interceptions. His 20 pass attempts were the fewest in his career.

Steward Butler ran for 139 yards, Essray Taliaferro had 118 and Kevin Grooms had 108. It was the first time three Marshall players rushed for at least 100 yards in a game.

UAB (2-7, 1-4) finished with 464 total yards and 22 first downs but did not force a Marshall punt until the fourth quarter.

Jordan Howard had 123 yards on 22 carries for the Blazers.

Team Stat Comparison {}UABMRSH 1st Downs2225Total Yards464657Passing176276Rushing288381Penalties2-158-503rd Down Conversions7-163-64th Down Conversions2-41-1Turnovers20Possession39:0120:59Passing Leaders {} UABC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT Perry10/1717610.410 {} MarshallC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT Cato14/2027613.830Rushing Leaders {} UABCARYDSAVGTDLG Howard221235.6031Reaves24984.1123 {} MarshallCARYDSAVGTDLG Butler713919.9161Taliaferro121189.8224Receiving Leaders {} UABRECYDSAVGTDLG Nelson15858.0058Reaves34715.7132 {} MarshallRECYDSAVGTDLG Shuler610016.7124Hoskins26733.5050Scoring Summary FIRST QUARTERUABMRSH TD12:41Essray Taliaferro 7 Yd Run (Justin Haig Kick) 07TD08:59Darrin Reaves 2 Yd Run (Ty Long Kick) 77TD07:26Eric Frohnapfel 39 Yd Pass From Rakeem Cato (Justin Haig Kick) 714TD03:22Kevin Grooms 71 Yd Run (Justin Haig Kick) 721 SECOND QUARTERUABMRSH TD12:18Tommy Shuler 6 Yd Pass From Rakeem Cato (Justin Haig Kick) 728TD08:45Darrin Reaves 32 Yd Pass From Jonathan Perry (Ty Long Kick) 1428TD00:20Kevin Grooms 9 Yd Pass From Rakeem Cato (Justin Haig Kick) 1435 THIRD QUARTERUABMRSH TD12:43Essray Taliaferro 16 Yd Run (Justin Haig Kick) 1442TD05:44Rakeem Cato 6 Yd Run (Justin Haig Kick) 1449 FOURTH QUARTERUABMRSH TD11:41Steward Butler 49 Yd Run (Justin Haig Kick) 1456