THE HERD needed 10 points in the final quarter to win the game, and most of those came from a gritty catch and run from tight end Gator Hoskins.
The Herd was facing fourth down and five on FAU's 41 with about seven minutes left in the game. Cato found Hoskins on a short route that Hoskins kept alive, breaking tackles and beating other defenders into the end zone.
"When I came out of the break, I was open," Hoskins said. "The ball was coming and when I caught it I was just thinking run, just run, and I found a way into the end zone. After I caught it, the only thing in my mind was score."
The touchdown was Hoskins' 18th of his career, which put him in a tie for 10th all-time in Marshall's record books with Poole, LaVorn Colclough and Antavious Wilson.
AFTER DOMINATING the running game in its first two contests, the Herd had another so-so performance on the ground against FAU, rushing for 139 yards on 34 carries. Cato and Essray Taliaferro tied for the team lead with 45 yards each, Cato on seven carries and Taliaferro on 10.
Holliday said one key member of the running backs, Kevin Grooms, is still getting over a high ankle sprain. Grooms rushed for 42 yards on 14 carries.
"Grooms, I want him to be healthy and he's not," Holliday said. "Another week and a half and I think he'll be good to go."
One very notable absence Saturday was sophomore Steward Butler, who did not make the trip despite entering the game as Marshall's second-leading rusher.
"I left him home this week because I wasn't real happy with him," Holliday said, "but he's fine."
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