Yes, Devon "Moo Moo" Smith has that punt return thing figured out. His 77-yarder was the eighth-longest in MU history, and it kind of looked easy.
He blew by the FAU coverage unit on the left sideline, juked the kicker and changed field, beating several pursuers to the far pylon - despite those pursuers having the correct angle.
Yes, the 5-foot-7 guy is pretty quick.
"It was wide open," Smith said. "I had speed with it, but it was wide open. I just had to make a couple of people miss, and that's what I did."
Rakeem Cato's 41-yard TD pass to Gator Hoskins extended his streak to 24 games with a TD pass. Hoskins is now tied for 10th in career TD catches (18), tying him with Nate Poole, LaVorn Colclough and Antavious Wilson.
Cato became the fourth MU quarterback to top 1,500 passing yards in three consecutive seasons. The other three are Michael Payton, Chad Pennington and Byron Leftwich.
Marshall won its first true road game in the state of Florida since 2003, a 21-7 win over Central Florida the Citrus Bowl. The Herd did beat Florida International in the 2011 Beef 'O' Brady's Bowl St. Petersburg, but it suffered four straight disasters at UCF before the Knights left Conference USA.
Steward Butler was left off the trip, essentially suspended. Holliday said "he is fine," health-wise.
The Herd had just one injury timeout, involving defensive tackle Jarquez Samuel. It was an apparent episode of cramping, and he returned.
Marshall is allowed to bring 70 players on the road, but only took 66 - and did not take quarterback Kevin Anderson, a Boca Raton native.
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