"I couldn't really put my finger on it," he said. "It was just the flow of the game. They were strong running the ball and that's what they did."
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ONE OF Marshall's biggest offensive plays came when quarterback Rakeem Cato was on the sideline. Cato slowly walked off the field wincing in the fourth quarter after taking what looked like a shot to the groin. Redshirt freshman Blake Frohnapfel took a few warm-up throws and entered the game, staring at a third-and-11 situation.
But Frohnapfel found running back Kevin Grooms for a 12-yard pass and a first down. Cato returned to the game on the next play and completed the drive, hitting Antavious Wilson for a 32-yard touchdown that gave Marshall a 37-37 lead.
"They were just saying we needed to make a play," Grooms said. "I felt like, with them giving the call to me, I'm a playmaker. I wanted to win and I wanted to keep the chains moving so my team could go down and score. When Cato got hurt and put Froh in, I still had the same confidence."
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THE HERD saw a substitute punter at the end of the third quarter. Starter Tyler Williams limped off the field after being on the receiving end of a running-into-the-kicker penalty. He had only punted once before that Saturday, for 38 yards. Placekicker Justin Haig replaced him and booted his punt 41 yards to Tulsa's 23.
Holliday said after the game that Williams should be fine, and he'd be a tough player to lose. The freshman averages 46.3 yards on 19 punts, with seven travelling at least 50 yards and nine landing inside the opponent's 20-yard line. He'd rank seventh in the FBS in punting average, but does not have enough punts this season to qualify.
Contact sportswriter Derek Redd at derek.r...@dailymail.com or 304-348-1712. His blog is at blogs.dailymail.com/marshall.