2008 Marshall Thundering Herd football team

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2008 Marshall Thundering Herd football
Marshall University Bar M logo.svg
Conference Conference USA East
2008 record 4–8 (3–5 C-USA)
Head coach Mark Snyder
Offensive coordinator John Shannon
Defensive coordinator Rick Minter
Base defense 3-4
Home stadium Joan C. Edwards Stadium
(Capacity: 38,019)
Seasons
« 2007 2009 »
2008 Conference USA football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
Eastern Division
East Carolina x   6 2         9 5  
Memphis   4 4         6 7  
Southern Miss   4 4         7 6  
UAB   3 5         4 8  
UCF   3 5         4 8  
Marshall   3 5         4 8  
Western Division
Tulsa xy   7 1         11 3  
Rice x   7 1         10 3  
Houston   6 2         8 5  
UTEP   4 4         5 7  
Tulane   1 7         2 10  
SMU   0 8         1 11  
Championship: East Carolina 27, Tulsa 24
† – Conference champion
x – Division champion/co-champions
y – Championship game participant
Rankings from AP Poll

The 2008 Marshall Thundering Herd football team represented Marshall University in National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) college football during the 2008 season. Marshall competed as a member of the East Division of Conference USA, and played their home games at Joan C. Edwards Stadium. The Thundering Herd were led by fourth-year head coach Mark Snyder. Marshall finished the season with a 4–8 record (3–5).[1]

Before the season, Sports Illustrated ranked Marshall the 115th team in the FBS (out of 120) and predicted they would finish with a 1–11 record. Against 11th-ranked Wisconsin, the Herd led 14–0 in the second quarter, but gave up 51 unanswered points in the remainder of the game. Later in the season, Marshall upset Houston, 37–23, after having led 37–9 earlier in the final period. The following week, they lost in overtime to favorite East Carolina by a field goal, 19–16. Marshall held Rice quarterback Chase Clement to 84 passing yards in the first half, which was tied at 7, but went on to lose, 35–10. In the season closer, they proved competitive for eventual Conference USA runners-up Tulsa.[2]

Schedule[edit]

Date Time Opponent Site TV Result Attendance
August 30 4:30 PM Illinois State* Joan C. Edwards StadiumHuntington, WV ESPN+ W 35–10   25,661
September 6 12:00 PM at #11 Wisconsin* Camp Randall StadiumMadison, WI BTN L 51–14   80,386
September 13 7:00 PM Memphis Joan C. Edwards StadiumHuntington, WV CSS W 17–16   27,349
September 20 3:30 PM at Southern Miss M. M. Roberts StadiumHattiesburg, MS CSS W 34–27   28,178
September 27 3:30 PM at West Virginia* Mountaineer FieldMorgantown, WV (Friends of Coal Bowl) ESPN+ L 27–3   60,154
October 3 8:00 PM Cincinnati* Joan C. Edwards StadiumHuntington, WV ESPN L 33–10   29,237
October 18 4:00 PM at UAB Legion FieldBirmingham, AL L 23–21   17,868
October 28 8:00 PM Houston Joan C. Edwards StadiumHuntington, WV ESPN2 W 37–23   20,716
November 8 3:30 PM at East Carolina Dowdy-Ficklen StadiumGreenville, NC (Rivalry) CBSCS L 19–16 OT  43,515
November 15 4:30 PM Central Florida Joan C. Edwards StadiumHuntington, WV CSS L 30–14   24,059
November 22 3:30 PM at Rice Rice StadiumHouston, TX CBSCS L 35–10   15,131
November 29 3:30 PM Tulsa Joan C. Edwards StadiumHuntington, WV L 38–35   21,571
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from Coaches' Poll released prior to game. All times are in Eastern Time.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Marshall 200". College Football Data Warehouse. Archived from the original on July 23, 2009. Retrieved June 29, 2009. 
  2. ^ Phil Steele's 2009 College Football Preview, vol. 15, p. 210, 2009.