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1997 Marshall Thundering Herd football team

1997
MAC Champions
MAC East Division Champions
, L, 31–34 vs. Mississippi
Conference Mid-American Conference East
1997 record 10–3 (7–1 MAC)
Head coach Bob Pruett
Offensive coordinator Tim Nunez
Defensive coordinator Kevin Kelly
Home stadium Joan C. Edwards Stadium

The 1997 Marshall Thundering Herd football team represented the Marshall University in the 1997 NCAA Division I-A college football season. It was their first year in the Mid-American Conference.

Regular season

In the 1997 season, Marshall University's first in Division I-A, Randy Moss and future NFL quarterback Chad Pennington were the centerpiece of an explosive offense that led the Thundering Herd to the Mid-American Conference title. Moss caught 25 touchdown passes that season, at the time a Division I-A record, and was a first-team All-American.[1] For the season, Moss had 96 receptions for 1820 yards, and 26 touchdowns. Moss won the Fred Biletnikoff Award as the nation's leading wide receiver, and was a finalist for the Heisman Trophy (finishing fourth in the balloting, behind Ryan Leaf, Peyton Manning, and Charles Woodson, who won the award). Moss left Marshall with 168 receptions for 3,467 yards and a school record 53 touchdowns.

Season schedule

The Thundering Herd finished the regular season with a record of 10 wins and 2 losses.

Date Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
August 30 at West Virginia* Mountaineer FieldMorgantown, WV L 31-42   65,492
September 6 at Army* Michie StadiumWest Point, NY W 35-25   30,358
September 13 at Kent State Dix StadiumKent, OH W 42-17   11,021
September 20 Western Illinois* Marshall University StadiumHuntington, WV W 48-7   26,724
September 27 at Ball State Ball State StadiumMuncie, IN W 42-16   20,415
October 11 Akron Marshall University StadiumHuntington, WV W 52-17   26,642
October 18 at Miami (OH) Yager StadiumOxford, OH L 21-45   29,027
October 25 Eastern Michigan Marshall University StadiumHuntington, WV W 48-25   21,474
November 1 at Central Michigan Kelly/Shorts StadiumMount Pleasant, MI W 45-17   15,324
November 8 Bowling Green Marshall University StadiumHuntington, WV W 28-0   23,509
November 15 Ohio Marshall University StadiumHuntington, WV W 27-0   32,012
December 5 Toledo Marshall University StadiumHuntington, WV (MAC Championship Game) ABC W 34-14   28,021
December 26 vs. Mississippi* Pontiac SilverdomePontiac, MI (Motor City Bowl) ESPN L 31-34   43,340
*Non-conference game. Homecoming. #Rankings from Coaches' Poll released prior to game. All times are in Eastern Time.
[2]

1997 Team Players in the NFL

Player Position Round Pick Team
Randy Moss Wide Receiver 1 21 Minnesota Vikings
John Wade Center 5 148 Jacksonville Jaguars
[3]

Awards and honors

References

External links

  • Marshall Football Web Site
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