Marshall vs FIU: Inside the Numbers

Marshall has not reached the eight win mark since the final game of the 2003 football season. Most Marshall fans, ended that year in disappointment as the school missed a bowl for the first time since its arrival to the 1-A (now FBS) level. Little did they know, it would be ten years before the program would even have a chance to garner that eighth win again.

That is exactly what the Herd will be going for when they venture back to the South Florida area for the second time in two months to take on Florida International. Marshall has over 30 scholarship football players from the state of Florida, and the majority of them will be travelling home this weekend. Marshall, a 33 point favorite, need only to win this game to set up a pseudo CUSA East championship game next Friday at home against East Carolina.

Let's take a look inside the numbers at both Marshall and FIU:

Passing:
Marshall Offense – 20th in the country at 296 yards per game
FIU Defense – 36th in the country at 215.1 yards allowed per game
FIU Offense – 116th in the country at 145.7 yards per game
Marshall Defense – 18th in the country at 201.9 yards allowed per game

Rushing:
Marshall Offense – 26th in the country at 210.2 yards per game
FIU Defense – 99th at 201.6 yards allowed per game
FIU Offense – 119th at 77.7 yards per game
Marshall Defense – 58th at 156.1 yards allowed per game

Scoring: Marshall Offense – 8th at 42.8 points per game
FIU Defense – 109th at 37.5 points allowed per game
FIU Offense – 122nd at 10.1 points per game
Marshall Defense – 29th at 22.2 points per game

Notes: Three of the bottom four teams in regards to scoring, Marshall has played, FIU, USM and Miami of Ohio
FIU is allowing nearly four sacks per game
Rakeem Cato is 18th in the country in passing yards at 2,801, and 5th in TD passes with 28
Tommy Shuler is 13th in the country in receptions per game with 7.4, and 21st in TD's with 8
Gator Hoskins is 10th in the country with 9 TD receptions
Essray Taliaferro is 54th in the country with 796 rushing yards
Devon Smith is 6th in the country at 17.4 yards per punt return
Marshall has four current commits from the state of Florida in the 2014 class, Francisco Hernandez, Jaree Tolbert, Caleb Rimes, and Tomell One

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