"He was very shifty," Maryland defensive tackle Andre Monroe said of Cato. "That was one of his biggest assets. There were quite a few times we would get him back [in the pocket] and he was able to wiggle or get the ball away just in time and do what they needed to do to get down the field."
Taliaferro and the unlikely Remi Watson ran well enough, combining for 123 yards on 25 carries. Marshall gained 475 yards total. The big plays were numerous - Marshall gained 10 yards or more on 21 plays.
The Herd's defense wasn't dominating, but held the Terrapins to 2 of 14 on third downs and limited them twice to short field goals in the second quarter. Both coaches said that, as much as anything, figured into the final result.
And finally, the MU special teams were pretty special.
Deandre Reaves returned the kickoff 31 yards after Maryland's long drive, handing his team good field position to start. Good field position was the Herd's theme, particularly with punter Tyler Williams sticking the Terps inside the 10-yard line.
"We had trouble changing the field position, especially in the first half," Edsall said. "Then in the second half, we go 99 yards to go ahead. But the further you have to drive the ball, your percentages go down in terms of scoring. That was something we could never got on top of."
Marshall (10-4) was able to use that field position to take a 7-0 lead, driving just 37 yards for Shuler's 1-yard TD catch. Levern Jacobs, who caught seven passes for 100 yards, tied it for Maryland with a 29-yard pass from Brown.
The Herd came right back to take a 14-7 lead with the first Cato-to-Hoskins touchdown, a typical play-action to the back of the end zone.
The Terrapins (7-6) drove to the Marshall 4 to start the second quarter, but Darryl Roberts disrupted Brown's option keeper for a 3-yard loss to help force a 25-yard Brad Craddock field goal. Marshall had a drive similarly bog down at the Maryland 10, and Justin Haig's 27-yard field goal gave Marshall a 17-10 lead.
As the first-half clock ticked down, Maryland combined three double-digit runs with a 34-yard Brown-to-Jacobs pass to get to the MU 10. But Alex Bazzie killed that drive, burying Brown for a 4-yard loss on an option keeper. Craddock hit from 33 yards to cut Marshall's lead to 17-13, where it was at the half.
The third quarter was scoreless, but that's a technicality. The Terrapins, stuck a half-yard short of their own goal line after a masterpiece of punt-downing, took the last 7:40 of the period to drive to the Marshall 2. On the first play of the fourth quarter, Brown hit tight end Dave Stinebaugh for the final 2 yards and a 20-17 lead.
And Marshall answered decisively, leaving no doubt.
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