Saturday October 12, 2013
Marshall football: Herd earns comeback win over FAU, 24-23
Marshall Coach Doc Holliday discusses the Herd's last-second 24-23 win over FAU.
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The Herd scored 10 points in the game's final 6:47 after scoring just one offensive touchdown for the rest of the game. Marshall's fourth-quarter touchdown came on fourth and 5 from the Owls 41, when Cato found tight end Gator Hoskins and Hoskins powered through a couple of tackles to race into the end zone. That touchdown was the 18th of his career, pulling into a tie for 10th in the Marshall record books with Nate Poole, LaVorn Colclough and Antavious Wilson.
It was the brightest spot for Marshall's offense, which gained a season-low 355 yards against the Owls (2-5, 1-4 C-USA). The two fourth-quarter scoring drives accounted for 155 of those yards. Cato threw for 216 yards, a touchdown and an interception on 18-of-34 passing and tied Essray Taliaferro for the team lead in rushing with 45 yards.
Meanwhile, Marshall's defense got everything it could handle from FAU's dual-threat quarterback Jaquez Johnson. The 6-1, 225-pound sophomore led FAU with 78 yards rushing and a touchdown and threw for 187 yards, a touchdown and an interception on 16-of-28 passing.
Despite what the Owls were able to do against the Herd, Pelini couldn't ignore the pain of a loss.
"You know what, it really doesn't matter," he said. "You can't play nine-tenths of a game. You have to play ten-tenths of a game. So there are no moral victories. I said that after the Middle Tennessee State (loss). We're a good-enough team, we should be winning these games. We just have to figure out how to do it. I'm not going to pat anybody on the back after a loss."
Smith came up with the Herd's most spectacular play of the game, a 77-yard punt return that he started on the far sideline and weaved across the field before he dove into the near side of the end zone. He and Hoskins led Marshall with 50 receiving yards each. Jermaine Holmes led the defense with eight tackles, seven solo, and an interception.
The Herd is off next Saturday, but has a short week the next week, visiting Middle Tennessee on Thursday, Oct. 24 at 7:30 p.m. (Fox Sports 1).
– Contact sportswriter Derek Redd at derek.r...@dailymail.com or 304-348-1712. His blog is at blogs.dailymail.com/marshall. Follow him on Twitter @derekredd.