When Andre Snipes-Booker returned a kickoff 24 yards and a 5-yard Purdue penalty allowed Marshall to start from its 33-yard line, it was a rare victory for the Herd's kickoff return team.
Through the four games, a touchback - with the ball placed on the 25 under the new rules - has been a positive result.
There have been 10 touchbacks against the Herd in four games. On those kicks getting run back, Marshall reached the 25 just six times out of 12 attempts.
Throwing to Gator Hoskins in the red zone has been so effective, it's getting weird. After his three touchdown catches Saturday, he has six on the season in just 14 receptions. For his career, he has scored nine touchdowns in 28 catches.
The three-touchdown receiving performance is the Herd's first since Josh Davis did it Oct. 11, 2003 against Kent State.
Hoskins can't hide on the game film, but opposing defenses can't seem to find him. He has a knack for hiding out among defenders in tight spaces.
"Hey man, I guess I'm lucky," Hoskins said. "Sometimes they just forget about the tight end in the red zone."
Want more agony? The last time Marshall allowed two "pick-sixes" came in 2010, in a 44-28 loss at Bowling Green.
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