Marshall Thundering Herd

About Marshall Thundering Herd

The Marshall Thundering Herd have been active in college football since 1895 and represent Marshall University. Over the years, the program has produced more than 40 All-Americans and three first round NFL draft picks. The team's main rivals include the West Virginia Mountaineers, the East Carolina Pirates, the Ohio Bobcats and the UCF Knights. Marshall and West Virginia compete annually in the Friends of Coal Bowl, while the rivalry with Ohio is known as the Battle for the Bell.

Tragedy struck Marshall University in November 1970, when a plane crash killed 37 members of the team. The accident had a devestating effect on the program, with the team performing poorly for the remainder of the decade. In fact, the Thundering Herd did not record another winning season until 1984.

However, Marshall have enjoyed success on the field, winning I-AA National Championships in both the 1992 and 1996 seasons. They defeated Youngstown State and Montana, respectively, in the finals and also reached I-AA finals in 1987, 1991, 1993 and 1995. In 1997, they moved up to Division I-A level. In addition to their National Titles, the Thundering Herd have won a total of twelve Conference Championships, with their most recent victory coming in the 2002 Mid-American Conference. Marshall have played in ten bowl games and possess a 7-3 record in them. Their most recent appearance came in the 2011 Beef 'O' Brady's Bowl, where they beat Florida International.

Several former players have been inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame, including Harry Young, Jackie Hunt and Troy Brown. In addition, Frank Gatski was enshrined into the Pro Football Hall of Fame and remains the only player to have...

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