He is the first Herd quarterback to throw for at least 300 yards in consecutive games since Stan Hill in November of 2004 (439 yards at Akron; 348 yards at Bowling Green).
Cato seems likely to join the exclusive list of Herd signal callers who have multiple 400-yard passing games: Byron Leftwich, Michael Payton, Tony Petersen and Chad Pennington. It's a matter of when, not if.
MU's backup QB, Blake Frohnapfel, went 4-for-4 with 53 passing yards in fourth-quarter relief of Cato, giving Marshall the No. 1 passing offense in the Football Bowl Subdivision.
And Cato may not be tops nationally in passing, but consider these numbers: No other quarterback in the top five in passing yards is completing more than 70 percent of their passes (Cato is at 72.92), and Cato also has the best yards per attempt of those in the top five (8.39 yards).
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WEST VIRGINIA had its off week ahead of this Saturday's non-conference game against James Madison at FedEx Field in Landover, Md.
The Mountaineers rank second in total offense at 655 yards per game. The Herd is sixth at 587.5 yards per game.
The Mountain State has just two major college football programs, but West Virginia is the only state with two teams in the top 10 in total offense.
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RICH RODRIGUEZ is back in the top 25.
The state native and former West Virginia coach has guided the Arizona Wildcats into the national rankings after his first two games in charge of the program.
Arizona routed No. 18 Oklahoma State, 59-38, Saturday to improve the Wildcats to 2-0.
Arizona debuted at No. 24 in the Associated Press poll released Sunday morning.
Rodriguez had his Michigan teams in the top 25 for just seven weeks in his three seasons with the program.
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