Like the issues created when Australian native Tom Hornsey faked a punt and jump-passed to McCain, who took it 61 yards to the Marshall 5. From there, Memphis scored to cut the lead to 31-28.
"There's been a lot of games we've installed it. This week was a good look for us," Hornsey said.
Holliday said, "The fake punt, the guy's covered. We got the guy who caught the ball. They've only got two eligible [receivers], the two ends at the line of scrimmage, and we had both of those guys covered. I think [Craig] Wilkins was picked, because we had that covered. I'm anxious to see the tape and see exactly what happened."
There were times when you just knew why Memphis is a one-win team, including the last play of the second half.
Down 17-7, the Tigers had first down on the Marshall 26-yard line, with 22 seconds left and no timeouts. Quarterback Jacob Karam got in trouble and was being taken down for loss when he got the idea to pitch the ball backward and hope for the best.
It nearly went for a Marshall touchdown, as Deon Meadows chased the ball down at the MU 46. Meadows took off downfield, but he coughed it up and Memphis lineman Jordan Devey recovered at the Memphis 43.
On top of that, the Tigers were flagged for holding. And they tried to call a timeout. Officials had a lot to sort out, and so did the Marshall stat crew.
The final tale: Karam was charged with a 5-yard rush and a fumble, Meadows given a recovery, a 7-yard return and a fumble, and Devey the first of his two recoveries of the day (he scored a TD on the second). The holding penalty was declined; Memphis was assessed a delay-of-game penalty, which the Herd accepted with a 10-second runoff.
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