1999 Marshall Thundering Herd football team

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1999 Marshall Thundering Herd football
MAC champion
MAC East Division champion
Motor City Bowl champion
Motor City Bowl, W 21–3 vs. BYU
Conference Mid-American Conference
Division East
Ranking
Coaches No. 10
AP No. 10
1999 record 13–0 (8–0 MAC)
Head coach Bob Pruett (4th season)
Offensive coordinator Marty Galbraith
Defensive coordinator Tim Billings
Home stadium Marshall University Stadium
(Capacity: 30,000)
Seasons
← 1998
2000 →
1999 Mid-American Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
East Division
No. 10 Marshall x$   8 0         13 0  
Miami   6 2         7 4  
Akron   5 3         7 4  
Ohio   5 3         5 6  
Bowling Green   3 5         5 6  
Kent State   2 6         2 9  
Buffalo   0 8         0 11  
West Division
Western Michigan x   6 2         7 5  
Toledo   5 3         6 5  
Northern Illinois   5 3         5 6  
Eastern Michigan   4 4         4 7  
Central Michigan   3 5         4 7  
Ball State   0 8         0 11  
Championship: Marshall 34, Western Michigan 30
  • $ – Conference champion
  • x – Division champion/co-champions
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1999 Marshall Thundering Herd football team represented Marshall University in the 1999 NCAA Division I-A football season. Marshall became the second non-automatic qualifying team in the Bowl Championship Series (BCS) era to finish the year ranked in the top 10 of the AP Poll.

Marshall outscored its opponents 463–137 en route to an undefeated, 13–0, season. The season-opener at Clemson (13–10) and the MAC Championship Game vs. Western Michigan (34–30) were the only games decided by less than 12 points.

Schedule[edit]

Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
September 4 6:00 PM at Clemson* Memorial StadiumClemson, South Carolina WSAZ W 13–10   79,186
September 11 7:00 PM Liberty* Marshall University StadiumHuntington, West Virginia WSAZ W 63–3   26,374
September 18 7:00 PM Bowling Green Marshall University Stadium • Huntington, West Virginia FSNP W 35–16   29,741
September 25 7:00 PM Temple* No. 21 Marshall University Stadium • Huntington, West Virginia FSNP W 34–0   30,194
October 2 2:00 PM at Miami (OH) No. 17 Yager StadiumOxford, Ohio ESPN+ W 32–14   30,087
October 14 8:00 PM Toledo No. 15 Marshall University Stadium • Huntington, West Virginia ESPN W 38–13   30,203
October 23 12:00 PM at Buffalo No. 15 UB StadiumAmherst, New York FSNP W 59–3   13,120
October 30 4:00 PM Northern Illinoisdagger No. 13 Marshall University Stadium • Huntington, West Virginia FSN W 41–9   30,081
November 6 2:00 PM at Kent State No. 13 Dix StadiumKent, Ohio WSAZ W 28–16   12,280
November 13 12:00 PM at Western Michigan No. 12 Waldo StadiumKalamazoo, Michigan W 31–17   30,472
November 26 12:30 PM Ohio No. 12 Marshall University Stadium • Huntington, West Virginia (Battle for the Bell) FSN W 34–3   26,053
December 3 8:00 PM Western Michigan No. 11 Marshall University Stadium • Huntington, West Virginia (MAC Championship Game) ESPN2 W 34–30   28,069
December 27 1:30 PM vs. BYU* No. 11 Pontiac SilverdomePontiac, Michigan (Motor City Bowl) ESPN W 21–3   52,449
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll released prior to game. All times are in Eastern Time[1].

Game summaries[edit]

Clemson[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Thundering Herd 6 0 0 7 13
Tigers 0 3 0 7 10
Overall record Last meeting Result
First meeting

Liberty[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Flames 0 0 3 0 3
Thundering Herd 7 28 14 14 63
Overall record Last meeting Result
First meeting

Bowling Green[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Falcons 3 10 3 0 16
Thundering Herd 14 14 7 0 35
Overall record Last meeting Result
4–19 1998 BGSU, 34–13

Temple[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Owls 0 0 0 0 0
#21 Thundering Herd 14 7 10 3 34
Overall record Last meeting Result
0–1 1974 TEM, 31–10

Miami (OH)[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
#17 Thundering Herd 9 10 3 10 32
RedHawks 0 0 0 14 14
Overall record Last meeting Result
5–29–1 1998 MARSH, 31–17

Toledo[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Rockets 3 10 0 0 13
#15 Thundering Herd 7 17 0 14 38
Overall record Last meeting Result
16–19–1 1998 MARSH, 23–17

Buffalo[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
#15 Thundering Herd 14 24 14 7 59
Bulls 3 0 0 0 3
Overall record Last meeting Result
2–1 1964 MARSH, 14–12

Northern Illinois[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Huskies 0 6 0 3 9
#13 Thundering Herd 14 0 14 13 41
Overall record Last meeting Result
1–3 1974 NIU, 20–17

Kent State[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
#13 Thundering Herd 14 0 7 7 28
Golden Flashes 0 10 3 3 16
Overall record Last meeting Result
12–18 1998 MARSH, 42–7

Western Michigan[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
#12 Thundering Herd 7 7 17 0 31
Broncos 3 7 0 7 17
Overall record Last meeting Result
7–21 1984 WMU, 42–7

Ohio[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Bobcats 0 3 0 0 3
#12 Thundering Herd 0 13 7 14 34
Overall record Last meeting Result
12–28–6 1998 MARSH, 30–23

Western Michigan–MAC Championship[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Broncos 10 10 3 7 30
#11 Thundering Herd 0 0 20 14 34
Overall record Last meeting Result
8–21 1999 MARSH, 31–17

BYU–Motor City Bowl[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Cougars 3 0 0 0 3
#11 Thundering Herd 0 7 7 7 21
Overall record Last meeting Result
First meeting

Team players drafted in the NFL[edit]

The following players were selected in the 2000 NFL Draft.

Player Position Round Pick Franchise
Chad Pennington Quarterback 1 17 New York Jets
Rogers Beckett Defensive back 2 43 San Diego Chargers
Doug Chapman Running back 3 88 Minnesota Vikings
James Williams Wide receiver 6 175 Seattle Seahawks

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Awards and honors[edit]

Rankings[edit]

Ranking Movement
Poll Pre Wk 2 Wk 3 Wk 4 Wk 5 Wk 6 Wk 7 Wk 8 Wk 9 Wk 10 Wk 11 Wk 12 Wk 13 Wk 14 Wk 15 Final
AP RV RV 21 17 15 15 15 13 13 12 12 11 12 11 11 10
Coaches RV RV 25 22 17 15 16 15 13 12 11 11 12 11 11 10
BCS Not released 14 14 NR 14 13 12 12 Not rel.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "1999 Marshall Football Schedule." 1999 Marshall University Football Media Guide Retrieved on April 16, 2009.
  2. ^ "2000 NFL Draft Listing". Pro Football Reference. Archived from the original on May 13, 2009. Retrieved April 17, 2009. 
  3. ^ a b "1999 Heisman Trophy, College Football Awards". College Football Poll. Archived from the original on May 13, 2009. Retrieved April 17, 2009.