As another November beckons, Marshall faces a new round of adversity after a 54-17 loss to Central Florida, as it faces another struggling Memphis team. Kickoff is 2 p.m. Saturday at Joan C. Edwards Stadium between the Tigers (1-7 overall, 1-3 Conference USA) and the Herd (3-5, 2-2).
Another facet of Marshall's game last year at Memphis was this: It came after the Herd's worst game of the season, a 59-17 disaster at Tulsa. Correspondingly, this Memphis game comes on the heels of one of the Herd's worst home games ever, against UCF.
On the Monday after, several Herd players acknowledged it was hard to pick up the pieces, but all say they wanted to get back to work.
"It was a bad feeling to go from being able to control your destiny to not be in control," said defensive end Jeremiah Taylor. "It wasn't a good feeling. Yesterday, we came out, watched the film, corrected the mistakes and today focused on Memphis."
Arguably, much of the Herd's focus needs to be inward, as it was last November in the last 11 minutes at the Liberty Bowl. Cato thinks he knows the way.
"We've just got to stick together and not think about negative stuff and think positive, knowing we can get these next three games to be bowl-eligible," Cato said. "I've played a lot of football, and you never know what's going to happen. We put ourselves in this depth, and we've got to get ourselves out of this depth."
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