Posted December 21, 2011 on AP on Fox
Florida International coach Mario Cristobal expected special teams would be the deciding factor in his team's final game of the season. Turns out it was a key factor in a tough defeat. A blocked punt midway through the fourth quarter set up Marshall's go-ahead field goal and Rakeem Cato threw for 226 yards and two touchdowns to help the Thundering Herd beat Florida International 20-10 in the Beef `O' Brady's Bowl on Tuesday night. Cato threw TD passes of 31 and 35 yards to Aaron Dobson, the latter putting the game away in the closing seconds. Warner's 39-yard field goal set up by a blocked punt snapped a 10-10 with 5:16 remaining. ''When a game is tough like that, and it's real tight like that, special teams become a critical part of it,'' Cristobal said. ''Certainly, they made the play on special teams that changed the game a lot to get a field goal with a blocked punt. At the end, of course, the extra seven points is what made it ...
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