"We have to just clean a lot of stuff up," Bruhin said. "We've got to get everyone on the same page - the backs hitting the right holes and the offensive line making the holes to start with. We just have to clean stuff up and come out and focus more on it. We've got to get better at the run game, that's just point-blank."
Redshirt freshman running back Remi Watson feels the rest of his stable is very close to turning things around.
"Everything we do, we're really just one step away," he said.
"It's not as bad as it looks. We just have to clean up those steps that we're missing and we're really just an inch away from turning out a big play in the run game."
The Owls (1-2) defense might allow Marshall to turn those totals around. Rice not only ranks 119th in the FBS in rushing defense, allowing 290.33 yards per game, but it also ranks 109th in pass efficiency defense, allowing opposing quarterbacks a rating of 162.86. That should rev the engine of Cato and Marshall's passing game, the best in the FBS averaging 425 yards per game.
Not only would a win in Texas snap Marshall's winless streak in that state and erase the bad taste of the Ohio loss, it also would get the Herd off on the right foot in Conference USA play.
With defending champion Southern Mississippi losing its conference opener to East Carolina and defending West Division champion Houston reeling at 0-3, the door could be open for the Herd to climb the standings.
To ensure that, Legg said, the offense must grind out yards on the ground when the opportunities are there.
"Now if we go down to Rice and they defend the pass," he said, "we have to be able to run the ball 65 times as effectively as we threw it 65 times the past week."
Contact sportswriter Derek Redd at derek.r...@dailymail.com or 304-348-1712. His blog is at blogs.dailymail.com/marshall.