Cato spread the ball to 12 different players, but none more than fellow sophomore and longtime friend Tommy Shuler. Shuler caught 19 passes, blowing away the previous school record of 15 shared by Mike Barber, Denero Marriott and Josh Davis, for 200 yards. Davis was the last Herd receiver to hit 200 yards, doing it in 2002 against Appalachian State.
Shuler's 19 catches are a season-best in the major-college ranks. He also broke the Purdue opponent record of 16 set by Illinois' David Williams on Oct. 12, 1985. Cato topped Jack Trudeau's records for completions (39) and attempts (66), from that same game.
TerBush had his successes against the Herd defense, going 27 of 37 for 294 yards and four touchdowns, three to Bush. Antavian Edison led the Boilermakers with 99 yards on six receptions, while Bush had 83 yards on seven catches and O.J. Ross caught nine balls for 69 yards.
Edison scored once on the day's longest pass play, a 41-yarder that gave Purdue a 14-7 lead. That came 42 seconds after Marshall tied the game at 7 on Cato's 4-yard pass to Antavious Wilson. Marshall tied it at 14 on Cato's 12-yarder to Hoskins, and Purdue answered with a 75-yard drive, one of three that going that distance or longer. Akeem Shaves scored from the 2 to put Purdue up 21-14 with 9:30 left in the half.
As it turned out, that put Purdue ahead for good, thanks to the three-interception sequence that left the Herd chasing the rest of the way.
Reach Doug Smock at 304-348-5130 or dougsm...@wvgazette.com.