1996 Marshall Thundering Herd football team

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1996 Marshall Thundering Herd football
National Champions
Southern Conference Champions
Conference Southern Conference
Ranking
Sports Network #1[1]
FCS Coaches #1
1996 record 15–0 (8–0 SoCon)
Head coach Bob Pruett
Offensive coordinator Larry Kueck
Defensive coordinator Kevin Kelly
Home stadium Marshall University Stadium
(Capacity: 32,000)
Seasons
« 1995 1997 »
1996 Southern Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
#1 Marshall ^   8 0         15 0  
#7 East Tennessee State ^   7 1         10 3  
#9 Furman ^   6 2         9 4  
#22 Appalachian State   5 3         7 4  
The Citadel   3 5         4 7  
Georgia Southern   2 6         4 7  
VMI   2 6         3 8  
Chattanooga   2 6         3 8  
Western Carolina   1 7         4 7  
† – Conference champion
^ – Division I-AA playoff participant
Rankings from The Sports Network I-AA Poll

The 1996 Marshall Thundering Herd football team represented Marshall University in its final season in NCAA Division I-AA. It was their second national championship in school history.

Schedule[edit]

Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
September 7 7:00 PM Howard* #1 Marshall University StadiumHuntington, WV W 55–27   26,054
September 14 7:00 PM West Virginia State* #1 Marshall University Stadium • Huntington, WV W 42–7   21,851
September 21 3:30 PM at #13 Georgia Southern #1 Paulson StadiumStatesboro, GA WSAZ W 29–13   13,977
September 28 7:00 PM #12 Western Kentucky* #1 Marshall University Stadium • Huntington, WV W 37–3   20,755
October 5 7:00 PM Chattanooga #1 Marshall University Stadium • Huntington, WV WSAZ W 45–0   22,078
October 12 1:00 PM at VMI #1 Alumni Memorial FieldLexington, VA W 45–20   9,165
October 19 7:00 PM Western Carolina #1 Marshall University Stadium • Huntington, WV WSAZ W 56–21   19,330
October 26 1:00 PM at #20 Appalachian State #1 Kidd Brewer StadiumBoone, NC SS W 24–10   23,458
November 2 1:00 PM The Citadeldagger #1 Marshall University Stadium • Huntington, WV WSAZ W 56–25   21,038
November 9 2:00 PM at #7 East Tennessee State #1 Memorial CenterJohnson City, TN WSAZ W 34–10   13,131
November 16 1:00 PM Furman #1 Marshall University Stadium • Huntington, WV W 42–17   22,615
November 30 1:00 PM #10 Delaware* #1 Marshall University Stadium • Huntington, WV (Division I-AA 1st Round Playoff Game) WSAZ W 59–14   15,429
December 7 1:00 PM #9 Furman #1 Marshall University Stadium • Huntington, WV (Division I-AA Quarterfinal Playoff Game) WSAZ W 54–0   14,096
December 14 1:00 PM #3 Northern Iowa* #1 Marshall University Stadium • Huntington, WV (Division I-AA Semifinal Playoff Game) WSAZ W 31–14   14,414
December 21 2:00 PM #2 Montana* #1 Marshall University Stadium • Huntington, WV (I-AA National Championship) ESPN W 49–29   30,052
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from Coaches' Poll released prior to game. All times are in Eastern Time[2].

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Final Sports Network's 1996 Division 1-AA College Football Poll". The Sports Network. Archived from the original on June 6, 2009. Retrieved June 1, 2009. 
  2. ^ "1996 Marshall Football Schedule." 1996 Marshall University Football Media Guide Retrieved on April 16, 2009. Archived October 21, 2009.