Last year's performance against Rice is another glaring example of how far Marshall's defense has come.
The "Iron Five" have made vast improvements since the last trip to Rice.
Fans were upset when it was announced Rice would host the C-USA title game but Herd players moved on quickly.
Marshall will travel to Rice Saturday for the C-USA Title.
Marshall fans got their money's worth Friday afternoon.
Devon Johnson rushed for two touchdowns and caught another against ECU.
The showdown with East Carolina lived up to the hype as Marshall rolled to an east division title.
Marshall has a way of making history at Joan C. Edwards Stadium.
Shane Carden has thrown for 32 touchdowns and rushed for nine more.
2013 has been good to Herd fans.
East Carolina is only allowing 97 yards rushing per game.
The loss to MTSU was a low point in the season and Cato has helped elevate the level of play since then.
Coach Tom Herrion credits the defense for the win.
The Herd is hoping there isn't an empty seat in the house on Friday.
Tight end Gator Hoskins had a career night with 136 yards receiving and 3 touchdowns in The Herd's win.
Four players scored in double figures for The Herd.
The Herd needs to prove it can excel away from home.