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Marshall Thundering Herd
Huntington, West Virginia


Marshall Thundering Herd

Marshall Thundering Herd Football
First season 1895
Athletic director Mike Hamrick
Head coach Doc Holliday
  2nd year, 12–13  (.467)
Home stadium Joan C. Edwards Stadium
Field James F. Edwards Field
Stadium capacity 38,019
Stadium surface Field Turf
Location Huntington, West Virginia
Conference C-USA
Division East
All-time record 536–514–47 (.510)
Postseason bowl record 7–3
Claimed national titles 2 (1-AA)[1]
Conference titles 13
Consensus All-Americans 29 Division I FCS (1 Division I FBS)
Colors Kelly Green and White            
Fight song Sons of Marshall
Mascot Marco the Buffalo
Marching band Marching Thunder
Outfitter Nike
Rivals West Virginia Mountaineers
East Carolina Pirates
Ohio Bobcats
UCF Knights


2015 Marshall Football Schedule

2015-2016 SCHEDULE
Overall  9-2  Conf. 6-1   Home  6-0   Away  3-2
Date Opponent / Event Location Time / Result
09/06/15 vs. Purdue TV Huntington, W.Va.  W 41 - 31
09/12/15 at Ohio TV Athens, Ohio   L 10 - 21
09/19/15 vs. Norfolk State TV Huntington, W.Va.  W 45 - 17
09/26/15 at Kent State TV Kent, Ohio  W 36 - 29
10/03/15 vs. Old Dominion TV Huntington, W.Va.  W 27 - 7
10/09/15 vs. Southern Miss * TV Huntington, W.Va.  W 31 - 10
10/17/15 at Florida Atlantic * TV Boca Raton, Fla.  W 33 - 17
10/24/15 vs. North Texas (Homecoming) * TV Huntington, W.Va.  W 30 - 13
10/31/15 at Charlotte * TV Charlotte, N.C.  W 34 - 10
11/07/15 at Middle Tennessee * TV Murfreesboro, Tn.  L 24 - 27
11/14/15 vs. FIU * TV Huntington, W.Va.  W 52 - 0
11/27/15 at Western Kentucky * TV Bowling Green, Ky. 12:00 p.m. ET

With their victory, the Marshall Thundering Herd are now 7-2 in bowl games since rejoining Division I-A football in 1997.  (US Presswire)

With their victory, the Marshall Thundering Herd are now 7-2 in bowl games since rejoining Division I-A football in 1997.



  • Defensive lineman Brandon Sparrow #96 of the Marshall Thundering Herd holds up the trophy after Marshall defeated the Maryland Terrapins 31-20 to win the 2013 Military Bowl at Navy Marine Corps Memorial Stadium on December 27, 2013 in Annapolis, Maryland. 




    We are Marshall


    Defining Moment: On the anniversary of the 1970 plane crash, Marshall traveled to Tulsa for their first November 14th road game in 43 years. Wearing the number “75” on their helmets, in remembrance of those lost, Marshall was victorious with 45-34 final score, and first ever victory, over the Golden Hurricane. 


    Saturday, November 7
    Herd Falls in Overtime at Middle Tennessee, 27-24

     Gary Thompson had two sacks and one forced fumble

    Gary Thompson had two sacks and one forced fumble

    MURFREESBORO, Tenn. – Marshall football faced a setback on Saturday evening at Middle Tennessee, as it fell to the Blue Raiders in the third overtime period, 27-24.
    The Herd drops to 8-2 (5-1 C-USA), while Middle Tennessee moves to 4-5 (3-2 C-USA).
    Marshall was led on offense by freshman quarterback Chase Litton (Tampa, Fla.) with 346 yards passing and three touchdowns. Hyleck Foster (Gaffney, S.C.) had a team high 61 yards on the ground, while had 30 yards passing and 14 receiving yards. Pacing the Herd in receiving was Davonte Allen (Belle Glade, Fla.) with 112 yards and one touchdown. On the defensive side of the ball, the Herd was led by Taj Letman (Elberton, Ga.) with 12 tackles and Gary Thompson (La Mesa, Calif.), who had six tackles, two sacks and one forced fumble.
    Marshall found itself on the board first, but it wouldn’t come without the help of its defense and offensive trickery. Midway through the first quarter and Middle Tennessee threatening inside the red zone, Marshall’s Steve Dillon (Palmdale, Calif.) forced a fumble that was recovered by Devontre’a Tyler (Arcadia, Fla.). After starting the 11-play drive at its own 12 yard line, Marshall was assisted by two 30-yard passes, one coming from Litton to Deandre Reaves (Sterling, Va.), but the other coming from Foster to Justin Hunt (Memphis, Tenn.) that put Marshall inside the ten. A few players later, Litton hit Emanuel Byrd (Albany, Ga.) on a one-yard pass for a touchdown.
    Middle Tennessee responded in the second quarter to tie the game at seven, after it went 67 yards in six plays. The drive was capped off by a 13-yard pass from Brent Stockstill to Terry Pettis.
    The Herd defense kept Marshall in the game in the first half, as it forced three turnovers, which all occurred within its own 30-yard line. Marshall caused two fumbles inside the red zone, including one forced by Thompson and recovered by Ryan Bee (Ashland, Ohio). The Herd’s third turnover came before the end of the half, as Antavis Rowe (Atlanta, Ga.) intercepted a pass by the Blue Raiders’ wide receiver Austin Grammer in the end zone.
    The Blue Raiders broke the 7-all tie at the 4:45 mark of the third quarter, as Stockstill connected on a pass to Richie James for a 12-yard touchdown. Middle Tennessee went on to add a field goal before the end of the quarter to put its lead at 17-7.
    Marshall began to chip away at the 10-point lead of Middle Tennessee with a Nick Smith (Plain City, Ohio) 37-yard field goal at 10:11 in the fourth quarter. Two drives later, the Herd completed the comeback on a nine-play drive that went 62 yards. Litton completed a pass to Ryan Yurachek (Myrtle Beach, S.C.) for a 15-yard touchdown at 1:06.  
    The Herd had a chance to win the game at the end of regulation, but Marshall’s kicker missed a 32-yard field goal.
    Middle Tennessee wasted no time in the first overtime period, as Stockstill threw for a 27-yard touchdown to Ed Batties on the second play of the drive. In similar fashion, Marshall was quick to strike on its first drive of the overtime. Litton hit Allen on a 19-yard touchdown pass on the third play of the drive to send the game to the second overtime.
    Kicking woes continued in the second overtime period for Marshall, but also Middle Tennessee. After the Herd missed a go-ahead field goal in their drive, the Blue Raiders missed a 31-yard field goal with the chance to win the game.
    In the third overtime, Middle Tennessee started with the ball first. The Herd defense stood tall, as it forced four negative yards on the four-play drive that ended with a 46-yard field goal for the Blue Raiders. Middle Tennessee’s defense responded by forcing Marshall only to four plays on its drive. The Herd lined up for a 39-yard field goal attempt to extend the game, but an Amoreto Curraj (Tampa, Fla.) kick was blocked by the Blue Raiders.
    Up next, Marshall welcomes the FIU Panthers on Saturday, Nov. 14 at 3:30 p.m.   


    Who's Next
    Friday, November 27

    @ Western Kentucky

    Time:  12:00PM EST

    TV: FOX Sports 1

    Sunday, November 22

    East Division
    Western Kentucky 7-0 9-2 
    Marshall 6-1 9-2 
    Middle Tennessee 5-2 6-5 
    Old Dominion 3-4 5-6 
    FIU 3-5 5-7 
    Florida Atlantic 2-5 2-9 
    Charlotte 0-7 2-9




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