That leaves Tettleton of the Mid-American Conference favorite, a year after he racked up 338 total yards and accounted for four TDs against the Herd. He has Cato's completion rate for 581 yards and four touchdowns, and has rushed for two more.
Some of Tettleton's weapons from last year are gone, but running back Beau Blankenship and receiver Donte Foster are threats. Ohio's line has given up just two sacks, which equals what MU's defense has managed.
That spells more trouble for Marshall's defense, adjusted after a gutsy move of D.J. Hunter to strong-side linebacker - or as Hunter would put it, a relocated nickel. That trouble means Cato must keep up his hyper-production pace this week.
As well as Cato has run that spot-ball-and-go attack, he needs to get out of the gate cleaner.
The Herd has failed to score a touchdown in the first three possessions of both games this season. At West Virginia, the result was three punts and a 13-0 deficit. Against Western Carolina, it was two field-goal attempts, a punt and a 3-0 lead that had a few natives getting restless.
Sluggish starts were a theme of the 2011 season, and a reason six of seven Marshall wins were in doubt deep into the fourth quarter. It says here that Cato and the Herd offense cannot start slowly against the Bobcats.
But it also says here that the Herd won't commit six first-half turnovers. Right?
Game time is 6:30 p.m., with the game on television ... nowhere. Not a bad call, all the way around - 6:30 might best bridge the gap between those wanting to get home at a decent hour and fans who could not attend an afternoon game. Lack of TV could boost a gate that should hit the 30,000 mark.
I issue the no-television reminder because when fans can't find the game, we get the calls. I recently cleared three voice-mail messages from Sept. 1, from fans wanting to know where the Herd-WVU game was airing. (Calling our sports department at noon on a Saturday is a guaranteed futile exercise.)
I hope all got where they needed to go then, but Herd fans must know they will either go to the game or listen to Steve Cotton on their radio. As always, we cannot magically get the game on your set.
Eye-popping results of Week 2:
The game wasn't that close, as Houston scored in the final minute and failed on the onside kick. But the teams combined for a 209 plays (Houston, 115-94), 129 passes without an interception (Houston, 77-52), completions (Houston, 53-34) and 78 first downs (Houston 40-38).
The Bulldogs have too many seniors on offense, it seems, to carry the momentum of a projected WAC-pillaging to C-USA. But Sonny Dykes has a good thing going in Ruston, La.
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