On third-and-10 from the Ohio 39, Cato kept the play alive for several seconds, long enough to find Devon Smith streaking toward the goal line. Smith got to the 5 with 6 seconds left, allowing the Herd to call timeout, and then Justin Haig kicked a 22-yard field goal to finish the half.
After Taliaferro fumbled on the Herd's first possession of the game, Ohio took a 7-0 lead on Tettleton's 4-yard pass to tight end Troy Hill. It was Hill's third catch on the 53-yard drive, including a 30-yarder to the Marshall 19.
Marshall survived Butler's first lost fumble when Matt Green missed a 46-yard field goal. The Herd regrouped quickly, driving 72 yards in nine plays to tie the game. Kevin Grooms covered the final 7 yards, gaining a first down at the Ohio 1 and then hurdling a Bobcat defender for the score.
The comedy of errors resumed a few series later when Ohio's Travis Carrie fielded a high, 38-yard punt by Tyler Williams near the 20-yard line. It looked as if MU players thought Carrie would call for a fair catch; instead, the sixth-year cornerback shook the first defender and streaked for a 48-yard return to the Marshall 33.
Tettleton drove the Bobcats to the 6, but James Rouse tracked him down for a sack - the first sack Marshall had recorded in three games against OU's multiple record-holder.
Green kicked a 32-yard field goal, giving the Bobcats a 10-7 lead and setting the stage for Butler's bungled kickoff.
Cato finished 30 of 45 for 366 yards, while Tettleton was 25 of 38 for 266 yards.
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