SATURDAY'S WIN also was a bounce-back game for a number of Herd running backs.
Marshall's 304 rushing yards tied the team's season high set in the 2013 opener versus Miami (Ohio). Kevin Grooms rushed for 109 yards and Essray Taliaferro rushed for 108 yards, each on eight carries, to become the first duo over the century mark since Grooms and Steward Butler rushed for 103 and 166 yards, respectively, last season against Rice.
Taliaferro also became the first Marshall back with consecutive 100-yard rushing games (he gained 134 versus Middle Tennesee) since Darius Marshall had four straight in 2009. Butler saw his first action Saturday since the University of Texas at San Antonio game, rushing three times for 60 yards, including a 59-yard touchdown. Remi Watson rushed for a season-high 30 yards on five carries.
"It just shows the talent and depth we have at running back," Taliaferro said. "If one of us, God forbid, goes down, we feel comfortable with the next dude stepping up and being just as successful in helping our offense continue on."
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DESPITE NOT starting the game, Hunter did make an appearance near the end, recording one solo tackle. Garrett Scott did start the game at left tackle, but couldn't finish it after hurting his right arm trying to recover Cato's second-quarter fumble.
Gage Niemeyer replaced Scott, who remained on the sideline in pads, but looked like he was wearing a protective sleeve on his upper right arm.
Defensive back Keith Baxter, who has not yet played a down this season, was on the sidelines, but out of uniform and wearing a sling on his right arm. Andre Scott, who had a 27-yard interception return against Gardner-Webb, also was inactive, missing his sixth straight game.
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CATO PULLED neck-and-neck in the record books with one of his mentors Saturday. His touchdown to Hoskins marked the 26th straight game in which he's thrown a touchdown pass, tying Herd great Chad Pennington for the longest streak in program history. Pennington actually was there to watch the milestone. His 1998 Marshall team reunited and was honored during the game.
Marshall's current players paid their respects as well, lining up to shake hands with the 1998 team as the group was being recognized on the field.
Tommy Shuler also moved up the career standings. With 10 catches, the junior receiver now sits eighth all-time with 183 career receptions, passing Ricky Carter's 176 career catches. Next on the list is Antavious Wilson, seventh in Herd history with 187 career receptions.
Hoskins' touchdown catch was his 20th of his career, making him only the 10th player in Herd history to reach that mark. He is two touchdowns away from tying Jim Swierczek (1951-53) for ninth on the all-time TD receptions list.