Marshall is the only team ranked in the top 10 nationally in total offense that has a losing record. The Herd is 10th, trailing Oklahoma State, UCLA, West Virginia, Arizona, Louisiana Tech, Texas Tech, Oregon, Baylor and Nevada.
Only one of those teams - Nevada - isn't ranked in the top 50 in both rushing and passing offense. Aside from Nevada and Oregon, the nine teams ahead of Marshall are ranked in the top 25 in yardage ground via throwing or running.
The Herd is outstanding chuckin' it around the field - tops in major college football at 425.0 yards per game. The run game, however, is No. 91.
"At some point you've got to be able to do both," a dejected Holliday admitted in the postgame press conference.
An offense completely reliant on the pass is like a baseball hitter who does nothing but swing for the fences - dry spells are common. A well-rounded hitter, however, can avoid a slump when the home runs aren't there.
Cato threw the ball with ease in the first and third quarters, and Marshall outscored Ohio 21-0 in those two periods.
Cato went 15-of-19 for 161 yards and two touchdowns in the first quarter and 15-for-24 for 160 yards and another touchdown in the third. That is a combined two-quarter effort of 30-for-43 for 321 yards and three scores without a pick.
The Herd running game didn't work in any frame, but the passing game vanished in the second quarter when the offense ran just nine plays and got outgained 201-33.
Cato was 4-for-5 passing in the second quarter, but the yards were minimal and the chains didn't move. Ohio had a 14-1 advantage on first downs in the second quarter and held the ball for 10:36 of the 15-minute period.
In the second and fourth quarters combined - where Ohio held a 27-3 scoring edge - Cato went 14-for-22 passing for 111 yards, no touchdowns and one interception.
Cato is the nation's top passer through three weeks. He is second in attempts (161), but ranks first in completions (114), passing yards (1,222) and yards per game (407.3) He is the first Herd passer to throw for 300 yards in three consecutive games since Byron Leftwich, who went on a seven-game run of 300-yard games that spanned the 2001 and 2002 seasons.
Cato broke Leftwich's school single-game record for completions with 44 on Saturday, and the 65 attempts set an Edwards Stadium record.
All for naught, of course, in Marshall's first back-to-back losses to Ohio since '79 and '80. The Bobcats toted the hardware back to Athens.
That dang bell. Holliday seemed so fired up to hear it.
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