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Marshall Finds Its Groove, Dominates Ohio 44-14

Rakeem Cato and Marshall jump out to a 41-0 lead, returning the Thundering Herd to the College Football Playoff conversation.

Mark Zerof-USA TODAY Sports

With all the talk about BYU and the Cougars' undefeated season, it was easy to forget about Marshall when picking a darkhorse to crash the College Football Playoff, especially after the Thundering Herd posted two less-than inspiring win to start the season.

Well, the Thundering Herd are back in the conversation after a dominating 44-14 win over Ohio that wasn't as close as the scoreline suggests.

Marshall quarterback Rakeem Cato was superb Saturday, completing 17 of 29 passes for 425 yards and four touchdowns - all while Ohio was unable to score until the third quarter of a lopsided contest, 41-0.

Stewart Butler ran for 119 yards on 19 carries, and freshman Angelo Jean-Louis caught four passes for 158 yards and a touchdown, most of the yards coming off a 77-yard touchdown pass to make the score 41-0.

Marshall moved to 3-0 on the season, with a game at Akron next week. Marshall entered Saturday's game with a 6.7 percent chance of going undefeated this season, according to the ESPN Football Power Index. That number should rise in the coming days.