Even with that track record, though, quarterback Rakeem Cato said the team had faith it could reverse its fortunes.
"We were just sticking with each other, believing in each other and trusting in ourselves we could do that," Cato said. "Not one time in the game did anyone put their head down. Not one time in the game did anyone point fingers. That's what's best for our team. We're just growing with each other and going as hard as we can."
It was a crucial win in several ways. East Carolina's loss to Tulane this past weekend makes Marshall the only team in C-USA's East Division with an unblemished conference record and gives the Herd sole possession of the division lead. Plus it gave the Herd concrete proof that it could grind out a come-from-behind win, even when the team isn't its sharpest. The FAU game was a season low in yards gained by the Marshall offense (355) and a season high in yards allowed by the defense (395).
While it's good to know the team can win ugly, receiver Tommy Shuler said that should fuel the Herd to be even more vigilant against the mistakes that hindered it Saturday. And he said it was good that such a game happened so early in the season, so the team knows how to guard against a relapse.
"We've got to go harder," Shuler said. "We're not close to where we could be. We played a bad game in so many ways. To win showed you how good this team is. We've got to come back to practice on Wednesday and get better. That's all we can do, is get better."
Contact sportswriter Derek Redd at derek.r...@dailymail.com or 304-348-1712. His blog is at blogs.dailymail.com/marshall.
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