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Thundering Herd vs Pirates Final: 59-28 - Recap

Marshall got a 161-yard performance from Essray Taliaferro as a key part of its 59-28 victory over the Pirates on Friday at Joan C. Edwards Stadium.

Marshall was a favorite by 4 points and came through with an ATS victory for bettors. The game went OVER the consensus closing total of 66.5.

Rakeem Cato completed 17 of 28 pass attempts for 272 yards for the Thundering Herd in the win. He was picked off 1 time by the Pirates defense.

Vintavious Cooper rushed for 93 yards for East Carolina, while Breon Allen added 42 yards. Shane Carden threw for 291 yards for the Pirates, while receivers Isaiah Jones and Justin Hardy had 123 and 88 yards respectively.

East Carolina was outgained by Marshall 539-440 yards in Friday's match, while the important battle of first downs was won 28-22 by the Thundering Herd.

The time of possession battle favored Marshall as their offense was on the field for 33:58, longer than the 26:02 of their opponents.