Shuler was one of two MU receiver who topped 100 yards - he had 105 on nine catches with two TDs; Devon "Moo Moo" Smith had 114 on seven catches with a score. Gator Hoskins caught two TD passes, tying him for ninth on MU's all-time TD list with 22.
Marshall had its third 600-plus-yard game in a row, running 103 plays and outgaining Tulsa 619-345. Steward Butler, the only MU back who didn't fumble, rushed for 75 yards on 10 carries.
Cato went 11 for 21 for 206 yards in the first quarter alone. It took him just 2:19 into the game to find Shuler for a 28-yard score and 2:05 more to throw a 44-yard bomb to Smith. At the 5:21 mark, he hit Hoskins for his first TD, from 22 yards.
The Herd had a lopsided 244-54 advantage in total yardage at the end of the quarter, but Tulsa had turned the momentum. That happened with 23 seconds left, when Shawn Jackson intercepted Cato at the Tulsa 5. It was Cato's first-ever interception in the red zone, where he has thrown 49 career TDs.
The Hurricane drove 93 yards after that pick, with Watts rushing for 52 and the 1-yard touchdown. After an MU three-and-out, the Hurricane drove 71 yards, with Evans throwing the final 26 yards to Thomas Roberson on an offsides-triggered "free play."
The Herd used Butler to dash that rally. Butler ran four straight times for as many first downs, gaining 61 yards along the way. On third-and-goal at the 6, Hoskins worked himself open for a 28-14 Herd lead.
Tulsa has had ball-security problems all season, and they reappeared in the final two minutes. Evans hit Jordan James near the first-down stake, but Gary Thompson forced the ball out and Neville Hewitt recovered on the Tulsa 39.
The Herd moved to the 14, where Justin Haig booted a 31-yard field goal with 28 seconds left to set the 31-14 halftime margin.
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