Wearing a knee brace and clearly limited in number of plays, Dobson caught four passes for 61 yards. That put the Dunbar native 11th all-time in receptions (165) and ninth in yardage (2,398).
Holliday said freshmen running backs Steward Butler and Kevin Grooms were limited by injury, and they combined for just six carries and 21 yards. Grooms was also used on the kickoff team.
Fellow freshman Remi Watson traveled but did not dress. Neither did receiver Andre Snipes-Booker or tight end Gator Hoskins. Receiver Jermain Kelson hobbled off with an injury and did not return.
Right guard John Bruhin and Alex Schooler did not start, leading to the seventh different starting offensive line combination this season. From left tackle were 12-game starter Jordan Jeffries, Josh Lovell, Cam Dees, Chris Japerse and Garrett Scott.
Another personnel change of note: Trent Martin took all nine kickoffs, squib, pooch, deep and all other varieties.
Other records, milestones and numbers of note:
Cato holds the MU record for single-season completions with 406, and is second with 597 attempts, tied for third with 37 touchdowns, fourth with 4,232 yards of total offense, and had the second-most-accurate season (68.0 percent)
In career standings, Cato is sixth with 888 attempts, fourth with 588 completions, eight with 6,260 passing yards, fifth with 52 TD passes, eighth with 6,323 total yards and still first in completion percentage, 66.2 percent.
Here is the flip side, one which likely results in a pink slip for defensive coordinator Chris Rippon: The Herd yielded a record-obliterating 517 points, including 30 touchdowns rushing and 30 passing. The total yardage count is 5,481.
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