1995 Marshall Thundering Herd football team

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1995 Marshall Thundering Herd football
Conference Southern Conference
Ranking
Sports Network No. 6
1995 record 12–3 (7–1 SoCon)
Head coach Jim Donnan (6th season)
Offensive coordinator Chris Scelfo (3rd season)
Home stadium Marshall University Stadium
Seasons
← 1994
1996 →
1995 Southern Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
#2 Appalachian State $^   8 0         12 1  
#6 Marshall ^   7 1         12 3  
#15 Georgia Southern ^   5 3         9 4  
Furman   5 3         6 5  
East Tennessee State   4 4         4 7  
VMI   3 5         4 7  
Chattanooga   2 6         4 7  
Western Carolina   2 6         3 7  
The Citadel   0 8         2 9  
  • $ – Conference champion
  • ^ – Division I-AA playoff participant

The 1995 Marshall Thundering Herd football team represented Marshall University in the 1995 NCAA Division I-AA football season. The team advanced to the national championship game but lost to Montana Grizzlies, 22–20.

Regular season[edit]

Marshall was quarterbacked by true freshman and future NFL starter Chad Pennington. Starting running back Chris Parker set the Marshall single season rushing record with 1,833 rushing yards.[1]

Postseason[edit]

Marshall advanced to the 1995 NCAA I-AA playoffs with an at large bid, but held home field advantage for the first two games, defeating Jackson State and Northern Iowa in Huntington before going on the road against McNeese State in the semifinal game. Marshall defeated McNeese State and advanced to the I-AA National Championship game, which was held at Marshall's stadium against the Montana Grizzlies. This was the fourth consecutive I-AA National Championship game hosted by Marshall. Marshall lost the championship game, 22–20.

Schedule[edit]

Date Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result
August 31 at NC State* No. 2 Carter–Finley StadiumRaleigh, NC L 16–33  
September 9 Tennessee Tech* No. 3 Marshall University StadiumHuntington, WV W 45–14  
September 16 No. 13 Georgia Southern No. 4 Marshall University StadiumHuntington, WV W 37–7  
September 30 at Chattanooga No. 4 Chamberlain FieldChattanooga, TN W 35–32  
October 7 VMI No. 3 Marshall University StadiumHuntington, WV W 56–21  
October 14 at Western Carolina No. 3 E. J. Whitmire StadiumCullowhee, NC W 42–3  
October 21 No. 2 Appalachian State No. 3 Marshall University StadiumHuntington, WV L 3–10  
October 28 at The Citadel No. 7 Johnson Hagood StadiumCharleston, SC W 21–19  
November 4 East Tennessee State No. 7 Marshall University StadiumHuntington, WV W 52–0  
November 11 at Furman No. 7 Paladin StadiumGreenville, SC W 31–6  
November 18 Hofstra* No. 6 Marshall University StadiumHuntington, WV W 30–28  
November 25 Jackson State* No. 6 Marshall University StadiumHuntington, WV (Division 1-AA First Round) W 38–8  
December 2 No. 18 Northern Iowa* No. 6 Marshall University StadiumHuntington, WV (Division 1-AA Quarterfinal) W 41–24  
December 9 at No. 1 McNeese State* No. 6 Cowboy StadiumLake Charles, LA (Division 1-AA Semifinal) W 25–13  
December 16 No. 8 Montana* No. 6 Marshall University StadiumHuntington, WV (Division 1-AA Championship) L 20–22  
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from The Sports Network Division I-AA Poll. All times are in Eastern Time[2].

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.huntingtonquarterly.com/articles/issue76/Top_20.php
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2015-02-07. Retrieved 2015-03-27.