Team-wise, the Herd is fifth in the nation in third-down conversion rate (.527), eighth in scoring offense (42.8) and ninth in punt returns (14.8). MU leads C-USA in third downs, scoring and total offense (506.2) and is second in third-down defense (.338), first downs (264), fewest interceptions (eight), passing yardage (296.0), punt returns, fewest tackles for loss allowed (5.2), passer rating (149.5), pass defense rating (105.85) and tackles for loss (7.4).
15 Minutes left in the game when Cato dons his ballcap and Blake Frohnapfel enters at QB.
21 Marshall's time of possession, in minutes. That's how long the Herd held the ball in its 56-14 march over Alabama-Birmingham. When you score in a minute on every possession ...
41/2 Number of personal fouls (including those that offset). See second item, "On the spot," above.
222 Marshall advantage in total yardage. That adds Marshall's average margin in league-only yardage (520-407) and FIU's deficit (287-396).
Completely useless trivia
Friday was the ninth anniversary of FIU coach Turner's firing at Illinois, where he was 35-57 in eight seasons but 4-19 in his last two.
Both teams head into the season finale, both play Friday and both have big games - OK, FIU and Florida Atlantic (aka Shula Bowl XII) won't capture the imagination of south Florida football fans, but there's an enormous battle for bragging rights among the south Florida players. That 3 p.m. game at FAU airs on Fox Sports 1.
The Herd likely will play for bigger stakes, as East Carolina rolls into Huntington for a noon game that may decide the East Division champion. CBS College Sports will be on the scene.