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Cato throws 4 TD passes, Johnson runs for 199 yards, No. 21 Marshall beats Rice 41-14

  • Marshall's Devon Johnson (47) leaps over a Rice defender during an NCAA football game in Huntington, W.Va., Saturday, Nov. 15, 2014. (AP Photo/Chris Tilley)

    Marshall's Devon Johnson (47) leaps over a Rice defender during an NCAA football game in Huntington, W.Va., Saturday, Nov. 15, 2014. (AP Photo/Chris Tilley)  (The Associated Press)

  • Marshall's Devon Johnson (47) leaps over a Rice defender during an NCAA football game in Huntington, W.Va., Saturday, Nov. 15, 2014. (AP Photo/Chris Tilley)

    Marshall's Devon Johnson (47) leaps over a Rice defender during an NCAA football game in Huntington, W.Va., Saturday, Nov. 15, 2014. (AP Photo/Chris Tilley)  (The Associated Press)

  • Marshall's Rakeem Cato runs the ball during an NCAA football game against Rice in Huntington, W.Va., Saturday, Nov. 15, 2014. (AP Photo/Chris Tilley)

    Marshall's Rakeem Cato runs the ball during an NCAA football game against Rice in Huntington, W.Va., Saturday, Nov. 15, 2014. (AP Photo/Chris Tilley)  (The Associated Press)

Rakeem Cato threw four touchdown passes, Devon Johnson rushed for 199 yards and a score and No. 21 Marshall beat Rice 41-14 on Saturday.

Marshall improved to 10-0 for the first time since it finished 13-0 in 1999.

The Thundering Herd (6-0 Conference USA) limited Rice to 180 yards and ended the Owls' six-game winning streak.

Cato had scoring tosses of 2, 25, 30 and 7 yards to give him 117 for his career, surpassing Chad Pennington's school record of 115 set from 1995-1999.

Rice (6-4, 4-2) entered the game allowing an average of only 135 yards on the ground, but Marshall had that matched by halftime. Johnson went over 100 yards for the eighth time this season since converting from tight end in preseason camp.