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Know Your Candidate: Doc Holliday

One candidate that has stuck around as a potential head coach is Marshall’s Doc Holliday. While no name can be considered confirmed, the amount of smoke leads me to believe there’s a fire there. I do think the smoke is coming from Holliday’s camp and some of that desire is to stick it to WVU for not hiring him over Bill Stewart after Rich Rodriguez left. Hates WVU? Check! ...
Via Pitt Blather
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Marshall-N. Illinois Preview

Though Marshall won't face a major-conference opponent as some of its fans had hoped, the school believes there's more to be gained from playing perennial Mid-American Conference power Northern Illinois. In the only non-"New Year's Six" matchup to feature a pair of conference champions, the Thundering Herd look to keep the Huskies from an eighth straight victory Tuesday night in...
Via AP on Fox
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Marshall wins C-USA title game 26-23 on late TD

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) Rakeem Cato passed 5 yards to Deon-Tay McManus with 1:50 remaining to lift Marshall over Louisiana Tech 26-23 on Saturday for the Thundering Herd's first Conference-USA championship. Cato rolled out to his right and hit McManus in the back corner of the end zone to give Marshall its first lead of the game. On the first play after the ensuing kickoff, Neville...
Via AP on Fox
14 days ago  |  Discuss

Week 15 picks: Wisconsin dashes Ohio State's Big Ten title, playoff hopes & more

Editor's note: Every Thursday during the season, Bruce Feldman and Stewart Mandel will present their picks for the week. Below are Week 15's selections (all times ET). Enjoy. *** BOWLING GREEN (+6.5) vs. NORTHERN ILLINOIS (Friday, 7 p.m. ESPN2) Mandel: While the MAC championship game has a recent history of upsets -- including BG over undefeated NIU last season -- the 10-2 Huskies...
Via Fox Sports
16 days ago  |  Discuss

Boise Statement: The Broncos Show Marshall And The Gang Of Five How It’s Done

It’s true that the Boise State Broncos are tough to beat at home in Albertsons Stadium, the land of smurf turf. It’s true that this program has generally established a comfort zone on its blue field, making it hard for an opponent to travel to this corner of the country and escape with a victory. Yet, if the Broncos paid attention to what happened on Friday, they had to have...
Via Bloguin Best
20 days ago  |  Discuss

Boise Statement: The Broncos Show Marshall And The Gang Of Five How It’s Done

It’s true that the Boise State Broncos are tough to beat at home in Albertsons Stadium, the land of smurf turf. It’s true that this program has generally established a comfort zone on its blue field, making it hard for an opponent to travel to this corner of the country and escape with a victory. Yet, if the Broncos paid attention to what happened on Friday, they had to have...
Via The Student Section
20 days ago  |  Discuss

Marshall, WKU fight before game, then tally 91 points in wild first half

If you tuned in to No. 24 Marshall's game Friday against Western Kentucky, it was likely to see if the 11-0 Thundering Herd could stay undefeated and keep up their candidacy for the Group of 5 spot in a major bowl. What you've been treated to instead is the season's most incredible offensive showcase. The Herd and Hilltoppers combined for a whopping 91 points in the first half, easily...
Via Fox Sports
22 days ago  |  Discuss

Marshall and Western Kentucky are putting up major points

Marshall is the 24th best football team in the country, but today they are getting beaten up by Western Kentucky. WKU has 42 points already in the second quarter while Marshall has put up 21. Most points scored in one quarter, both teams: 63-Navy (35) vs. North Texas (28), Nov. 10, 2007 Most Points Scored […] The post Marshall and Western Kentucky are putting up major points appeared...
Via NFL Draft Diamonds
22 days ago  |  Discuss

No. 19 Marshall looks to end regular season 12-0

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) Western Kentucky coach Jeff Brohm figures his team's best chance at ending No. 19 Marshall's perfect season will come from forcing Thundering Herd quarterback Rakeem Cato to throw. Brohm doesn't want to risk allowing Marshall's running game to get untracked Friday. The Thundering Herd's Devon Johnson has 1,573 rushing yards, including 642 in his last three...
Via AP on Fox
22 days ago  |  Discuss

W. Kentucky-Marshall Preview

Although a College Football Playoff berth is out of reach, Marshall still has a chance to advance to a major bowl if it can remain unbeaten. The 19th-ranked Thundering Herd, who finally cracked the CFP's Top 25 this week, will try to complete a perfect regular season by topping Western Kentucky on Friday. While it's one of two unbeaten FBS teams in the CFP rankings along with No...
Via AP on Fox
24 days ago  |  Discuss

No. 18 Marshall faces UAB, trying to stay perfect

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) Marshall is fighting to earn its way into a New Year's Day bowl. UAB is just trying to become eligible for any bowl while waiting to learn the program's uncertain fate. The 18th-ranked Thundering Herd (10-0, 6-0 Conference USA) enter Saturday's game at Legion Field looking to make another good impression on the College Football Playoff committee...
Via AP on Fox
29 days ago  |  Discuss

Marshall-UAB Preview

Marshall is one of two remaining unbeaten teams in the FBS and ranks among the nation's best on both sides of the ball. None of that has been enough for the 18th-ranked Thundering Herd to impress the College Football Playoff committee, but they're not about to fret over their national standing as they prepare for a visit to UAB on Saturday. "I have no idea about the bowls or the...
Via AP on Fox
November 18, 2014  |  Discuss

No. 21 Marshall throttles Rice 41-14

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) -- 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,...
Via AP on Fox
November 15, 2014  |  Discuss

Rice-Marshall Preview

Marshall didn't need one of the top rushers in the nation to help it remain undefeated last weekend. However, the Thundering Herd will certainly welcome back Devon Johnson to face Rice's stingy run defense Saturday. The junior will be available as No. 21 Marshall looks to deny the visiting Owls a seventh consecutive victory in this rematch of last season's Conference USA title game...
Via AP on Fox
November 11, 2014  |  Discuss

No. 23 Marshall prepares for Southern Mississippi

Marshall coach Doc Holliday doesn't believe Southern Mississippi is that far away from recapturing its past glory. The 23rd-ranked Thundering Herd (8-0, 4-0 Conference USA) have crushed everyone in their path this season, winning by an average of nearly 30 points per game. Marshall is one of the three remaining undefeated teams in the country, along with No. 1 Mississippi State...
Via AP on Fox
November 07, 2014  |  Discuss

No. 23 Marshall winning big with little attention

Marshall has rolled through its schedule this season in impressive fashion, winning eight games by an average of nearly 30 points and scoring the third-most points in the country. National respect has proven much harder to obtain. No. 23 Marshall (8-0, 4-0 Conference USA) is one of three remaining undefeated teams in the Football Bowl Subdivision - along with No. 1 Mississippi State...
Via AP on Fox
November 06, 2014  |  Discuss

Holliday wary of Eagles lineman

By Doug Smock HUNTINGTON - Doc Holliday wasn't worried about his Marshall team's eight wins, or whether the Thundering Herd would make the College Football Playoff top 25. As his team prepares for Southern Mississippi, the number most on his mind was 97.In his weekly press conference Tuesday, the fifth-year coach uttered that number - the last two-digit prime number, for all...
Via Charleston Daily Mail - Marshall
November 04, 2014

Marshall-Southern Miss. Preview

Marshall continues to maintain some perspective during its best start in 15 seasons. The No. 23 Thundering Herd can improve to 9-0 with a fourth straight victory over Southern Mississippi in a Conference USA road matchup Saturday night. Marshall's players could have spent their recent bye week basking in the glow of the program's best start since opening 13-0 in 1999 or looking ahead...
Via AP on Fox
November 04, 2014  |  Discuss

Marshall notebook: ECU's loss gives Herd players a lift

By Doug Smock HUNTINGTON - Unable to knock East Carolina out of the rankings themselves, Marshall players were content to watch the Pirates tumble over the weekend.When the new College Football Playoff rankings come out tonight, the former Conference USA contender will relinquish its claim to being the only "Group of 5" team in the committee's top 25. The Pirates stumbled at...
Via Charleston Daily Mail - Marshall
November 03, 2014

Doug Smock: Is MU putting too much on Cato?

Marshall is pulling out all the stops, on and off the field, to plant its brand in the consciousness of college football.But when do such efforts constitute going overboard?I don't know for sure, but we may have witnessed two examples in regard to the Thundering Herd.The first was Conference USA's hiring of the Brener Zwikel & Associates public relations firm to help promote...
Via Charleston Daily Mail - Marshall
November 02, 2014

Mitch Vingle: WVU, Herd feeling warmth of bright lights

Ah, the bright lights.College football fans love nothing more than the key lights, the back lights, the fill lights that make a set like "College Gameday" glow.Nothing stings like the burning attention of the media in bad times. But nothing brightens a fan base more than positive attention beamed from TV and radio networks, newspapers and national Internet sites.Today, the majority...
Via Charleston Daily Mail - Marshall
October 30, 2014

FAU can't hold onto halftime lead, fall on road to undefeated Marshall

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) -- Devon Johnson rushed for a school-record 272 yards and four touchdowns to lead No. 23 Marshall to a 35-16 win over Florida Atlantic on Saturday. Marshall (8-0, 4-0 Conference USA) overcame its first halftime deficit of the season to extend its home winning streak to 12 games. Florida Atlantic (3-5, 2-2) fell to 0-5 on the road. Quarterback Rakeem Cato threw...
Via Fox Sports Florida
October 25, 2014  |  Discuss

Conference USA is hiring a PR firm to bolster Marshall’s College Football Playoff case

The Marshall Thundering Herd is 7-0, ranked in the top 25, and they want to head to the College Football Playoff. Conference USA is backing the school (because naturally, the more exposure for Marshall means the conference gets more money), and has hired a PR firm that worked for the Rose Bowl, the Los Angeles Dodgers, and Speedo to help bolster the Herd’s case. Brener Zwikel...
Via Awful Announcing
October 25, 2014  |  Discuss

Marshall football: Herd aims to avoid another close shave

By Doug Smock HUNTINGTON--- Set that "Group of 5" thing aside for a minute. Marshall's undefeated football team might have a bit of revenge on its mind today.Wait a minute. Didn't the Thundering Herd beat Florida Atlantic a year ago?Yes, but it was ugly. The Herd prepared as business-like as always this week, but the focus probably paralleled that of Ohio and Middle Tennessee...
Via Charleston Daily Mail - Marshall
October 24, 2014

Staff change alters FAU defense

By Doug Smock HUNTINGTON - When Bill Legg looks at Florida Atlantic's 2014 defense, he sees many familiar players. But he has all but thrown away the 2013 Marshall-FAU game video.How's that?Change was inevitable after coach Carl Pelini was swept out of Boca Raton not long after the Thundering Herd's 24-23 win over the Owls last year. New coach Charlie Partridge retained offensive...
Via Charleston Daily Mail - Marshall
October 23, 2014
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