Marshall's offense rebounded from, by its standards, some average games in its performance versus Middle Tennessee. The 49 points were the most since the Herd broke the 50-point barrier in back-to-back wins to open the season. The 448 yards were the most since Marshall gained 482 in a loss to Ohio.
Cato felt the offense had its bright spots last Thursday, but he was more focused after the game on the seven Herd drives that didn't end in scores. Besides an end-of-the-half interception, there were five punts, one punt blocked for a touchdown and an accidental kneel-down on a low punt snap.
"The times we did get stalled out, we could have put up points," he said. "We didn't have to be close to that standpoint. From an offensive standpoint, we didn't put up enough points to win the ballgame.
"That's how we look at it. If the offense puts up more points, we don't have to be in that situation."
The road to recovering from Thursday's loss isn't any smoother because of Saturday's opponent and the 19-game losing streak in which it's mired. From what the Herd has seen on film, that streak isn't due to a lack of talent. So it remains imperative, corner Monterius Lovett said, that Marshall learns from its mistakes.
"We can't take them lightly," Lovett said. "The preparation can't stop. We have to stay focused, go out there and do what we do."
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