1994 Marshall Thundering Herd football team

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1994 Marshall Thundering Herd football
SoCon champion
Conference Southern Conference
Division East
1994 record 12–2 (7–1 SoCon)
Head coach Jim Donnan (5th season)
Offensive coordinator Chris Scelfo (2nd season)
Defensive coordinator Mickey Matthews (5th season)
Home stadium Marshall University Stadium
Seasons
← 1993
1995 →
1994 Southern Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
#1 Marshall $^   7 1         12 2  
#17 Appalachian State ^   6 2         9 4  
Georgia Southern   5 3         6 5  
Western Carolina   5 3         6 5  
The Citadel   4 4         6 5  
East Tennessee State   4 4         6 5  
Furman   2 6         3 8  
Chattanooga   2 6         3 8  
VMI   1 7         1 10  
  • $ – Conference champion
  • ^ – Division I-AA playoff participant

The 1994 Marshall Thundering Herd football team represented Marshall University in the 1994 NCAA Division I-AA football season. The team advanced to the Semifinals of the NCAA Division I-AA playoffs, where they lost to Boise State.

Regular season[edit]

Marshall went undefeated at home during the regular season and lost one game on the road to Appalachian State. Marshall's 7–1 conference record earned them the Southern Conference championship.

Postseason[edit]

By winning the Southern Conference championship, Marshall was awarded a bid in the 1994 NCAA Division I-AA playoffs. Marshall defeated Middle Tennessee State and James Madison in Huntington before falling to Boise State in Boise in the semifinal game.

During the James Madison playoff game Marshall cornerback Melvin Cunningham set a 1-AA playoff record with a 100-yard interception return for a touchdown.[1]

Schedule[edit]

Date Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result
September 3 Morehead State* Marshall University StadiumHuntington, West Virginia W 71–7  
September 10 Tennessee Tech* Marshall University StadiumHuntington, West Virginia W 24–10  
September 17 at Georgia Southern Paulson StadiumStatesboro, Georgia W 13–34  
September 24 West Virginia State* Marshall University StadiumHuntington, West Virginia W 48–0  
October 1 Chattanooga Marshall University StadiumHuntington, West Virginia W 62–21  
October 8 at VMI Alumni Memorial FieldLexington, Virginia W 7–49  
October 15 Western Carolina Marshall University StadiumHuntington, West Virginia W 38–14  
October 22 at Appalachian State Kidd Brewer StadiumBoone, North Carolina L 14–24  
October 29 The Citadel Marshall University StadiumHuntington, West Virginia W 42–30  
November 5 at East Tennessee State Memorial StadiumJohnson City, Tennessee W 12–42  
November 12 Furman Marshall University StadiumHuntington, West Virginia W 35–14  
November 26 Middle Tennessee* Marshall University StadiumHuntington, West Virginia (NCAA Division I-AA First Round) W 49–14  
December 3 James Madison* Marshall University StadiumHuntington, West Virginia (NCAA Division I-AA Quarterfinal) W 28–21  
December 10 at Boise State* Bronco StadiumBoise, Idaho (NCAA Division I-AA Semifinal) L 24–28  
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll released prior to game. All times are in Eastern Time[2].

Roster[edit]

1994 Marshall Thundering Herd football team roster
Players Coaches
Offense
Pos. # Name Class
RB 36 Chris Parker Jr
C 66 John Wade Fr
Defense
Pos. # Name Class
DT 86 Billy Lyon So
Special teams
Pos. # Name Class
Head coach
Coordinators/assistant coaches

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (S) Suspended
  • (I) Ineligible
  • Injured Injured
  • Redshirt Redshirt

Awards and honors[edit]

  • William Pannell, 1st Team All-Southern Conference [3]
  • Travis Colquitt. 1st Team All-Southern Conference
  • Shannon Morrison, 1st Team All-Southern Conference
  • Billy Lyon, 1st Team All-Southern Conference
  • Jamie Wilson, 2nd Team All-Southern Conference
  • David Merrick, 2nd Team All-Southern Conference

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Marshall's All-Americans" (PDF). CSTV. Archived (PDF) from the original on March 28, 2015.
  2. ^ "Marshall Season Schedule". Database Football. Archived from the original on March 28, 2015.
  3. ^ "Marshall's All-Americans" (PDF). Grfx.cstv.com. Archived (PDF) from the original on March 28, 2015. Retrieved 2015-03-28.