Billy Mitchell saved the Herd from falling behind further with an interception, but the reprieve was short. After another three-and-out (Dobson dropped a third-and-6 pass), the Knights drove 80 yards, finishing with a Murray 2-yard run.
After MU's third three-and-out possession, the Knights got the ball near midfield and scored on their fifth play, a 16-yard swing pass to Jeff Godfrey. A few minutes later, Murray struck for his long run and a 27-3 lead.
Cato brought the Herd back with a 13-play, 80-yard drive ending with Wilson's TD, bringing a measure of momentum to the home side. But that dissipated immediate upon the second-half kickoff, which McDuffie returned 98 yards.
It was McDuffie's sixth kickoff return and the third the Herd has given up this year. Marshall has had yielded eight non-offensive touchdowns.
At that point, the fan exodus picked up, leaving one to wonder how many will return next week for Marshall's bout with bottom-feeder Memphis.
At linebacker, Jermaine Holmes did not play and Devin Arrington missed an extended period.
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