The University of Marshall “Thundering Herd” virtually obliterated its competition in 2014. The small school built a big time football program and put a team on the gridiron that nearly “ran the table.”
In fact, the Thundering Herd completed its season with an outstanding Won-Loss record of 13-1. The squad blasted its way through Conference USA competition on its way to that superlative record by winning seven out of eight contests.
Head Coach John “Doc” Holliday then led his East Division Championship team to the Conference Championship game against the West Division Champion, Louisiana Tech University. Marshall’s Thundering Herd prevailed in a nail-biting, hotly-contested match by a final score of 26-23.
The Conference USA Champion then received an invitation to the inaugural Boca Raton Bowl where it outscored another Conference Champion, Northern Illinois University. The final score in this game was 52-23.
Coach Holliday had every reason to believe that the 2015 Season would bring “more of the same” for his players, the university and the team’s rabid fans.
Marshall University got off to a solid start when it beat a Big Ten football team in its home-and-season opener on September 6th. The Thundering Herd was impressive in toppling the Purdue Boilermakers by a score of 41-31.
The Head Coach and his players received a “wakeup call” in their second game. The team traveled to the University of Ohio and lost its first “on the road” contest by eleven points. Ohio University won the game 21-10.
Marshall University has five more home games on its schedule, the first of which will be played this Saturday, September 19th against Norfolk State University. The Thundering Herd will also host games against Old Dominion University on October 3rd, the University of Southern Mississippi on October 9th, North Texas University on October 26th and Florida International University (FIU) on November 14th.
Given Marshall’s strength on both sides of the ball, the Thundering Herd should win more than it loses when it plays at home.
Coach Holliday’s team will play five more road games this season, including contests against Kent State University on September 26th, Florida Atlantic University (FAU) on October 17th, the University of Charlotte on October 31st, Mid Tennessee University on November 7th and Western Kentucky University on November 27th.
Marshall University is currently a small school football powerhouse and its schedule, while offering lots of competitive games, features opportunities for wins, perhaps lots of wins.
It will surprise no one if the Thundering Herd wins another conference Championship and earns another bowl game invitation in 2015.
This team clearly “has the horses” to succeed. Perhaps that is why it is called the Thundering Herd.
Courtesy of WVgazette.com