"I saw one high safety, which means one safety back there," Cato said. "And when the safety and the quarterback took the post [route] and Gator got behind everybody, I kind of looked back and saw nobody was there. I just told him to go to the end zone."
In the offensive line stats, left guard Sebastian Johansson graded out the highest of the regulars (91 percent success rate), which has continued a trend. He has an 84 percent season rate in 153 snaps.
Garrett Scott had a big game, scoring 85 percent and a team-high six knockdowns. The telling numbers, unit-wise: The Herd pounded out 116 rushing yards and Cato was sacked just twice. With Cato's 366 passing yards, the Herd gained 482 as a team.
One of the big stories on that line, though, was Clint Van Horn's move to from right tackle to right guard. The Beckley native played 32 snaps in giving Alex Schooler (50) a breather here and there.
"Clint, he came in, Coach had him behind me at first, giving him a little rotation in the first few games," Scott said. "Coach said Clint is a heck of a player and [he] felt like he needed to be on the field. Everybody was just like, 'We agree.'
"So Clint's in the rotation at right guard playing next to me, and he'd be out there just smiling the whole time. Nobody could see it, but he was smiling the whole time he was out there."
The suspense, such as it was, over the kickoff time of the Nov. 23 Marshall-Florida International game ended Monday.
Recently, FIU had posted a 6 p.m. time on Fox Sports 1, which was news to the Marshall athletic department. Later last week, FIU officials removed that from the Panthers' schedule.
The 6 p.m. time was confirmed Monday, but the Fox network airing it will be Fox College Sports Central. That's not a typo - apparently, the game will not be on FCS Atlantic despite FIU's location roughly 12 miles west of downtown Miami.
But hey, FCS Central is just one number away from FCS Atlantic on many digital cable systems. It is indeed a small world.
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