East Carolina–Marshall football rivalry
|First meeting||November 18, 1967
East Carolina 29, Marshall 13
|Latest meeting||November 29, 2013
Marshall 59, East Carolina 28
|Next meeting||September 5, 2020|
|All-time series||East Carolina leads, 10–5|
|Largest victory||East Carolina, 45–0 (1978)|
|Longest win streak||3; East Carolina (2008–2010)|
|Current win streak||1; Marshall|
The East Carolina–Marshall football rivalry is an college football rivalry game between two public universities, East Carolina University Pirates and the Marshall University Thundering Herd. The current winner is Marshall, who won, 59–28, on November 29, 2013. East Carolina leads the all-time series, 10–5.
East Carolina and Marshall have a "friendly" rivalry with one another. They are emotionally bonded by the tragic plane crash on November 14, 1970. The Thundering Herd were coming back from Greenville, North Carolina after a 17–14 loss to the Pirates when their plane crashed near Ceredo, West Virginia. The teams have been bonded ever since.
East Carolina joined Conference USA (C-USA) in 1997 as an affiliate member for football only until the 2001 season as the school moved up to full membership. When three teams from the Big East Conference moved to the ACC, the Big East looked for new members for their conference and invited five schools from C-USA to join their conference. Then C-USA added six other teams, including Marshall from the Mid-American Conference. The six new teams brought C-USA to twelve teams in which the conference can split into divisions and host a Conference USA Football Championship Game. East Carolina and Marshall were placed in the "East" division and played annually since then.
East Carolina and Marshall's most memorable games was the 2001 GMAC Bowl as they combined for a bowl record, 125 points, as Marshall overcame a 30-point deficit to beat East Carolina 64–61 in double overtime.
Another memorable game was the 2013 match-up as whoever won the game would move on to the Conference USA Football Championship Game as both teams had a "East" division record of 6–1. Marshall defeated East Carolina, 59–28 and moved on to play Rice in the Championship Game. The game also marked East Carolina's last conference match-up as a member of C-USA, as East Carolina moved up from C-USA to the American Athletic Conference in 2014.
With East Carolina's move to the American Athletic Conference in 2014 will discontinue the annual meeting with Marshall since 2005. On April 3, 2014, both schools announced that the two teams will meet again for a home and home series in 2020 and 2021. East Carolina will host Marshall at Dowdy–Ficklen Stadium in Greenville, NC on September 5, 2020. Marshall will host the second and final game of the series at Joan C. Edwards Stadium in Huntington, West Virginia on September 11, 2021.
East Carolina leads the all-time record over Marshall 10–5. ECU is 6–3 against the Herd from 2005 to 2013 when both schools were in Conference USA.
|East Carolina victories||Marshall victories|
|1||November 18, 1967||Huntington, WV||East Carolina||29–13|
|2||November 16, 1968||Greenville, NC||East Carolina||49–20|
|3||November 15, 1969||Huntington, WV||Marshall||38–7|
|4||November 14, 1970||Greenville, NC||East Carolina||17–14|
|5||November 18, 1978||Greenville, NC||East Carolina||45–0|
|6||December 19, 2001||Mobile, AL*||Marshall||64–61|
|7||November 19, 2005||Huntington. WV||East Carolina||34–29|
|8||November 11, 2006||Greenville, NC||East Carolina||33–20|
|9||November 10, 2007||Huntington. WV||Marshall||26–7|
|10||November 8, 2008||Greenville, NC||East Carolina||19–16|
|11||October 3, 2009||Huntington, WV||East Carolina||21–17|
|12||October 23, 2010||Greenville, NC||East Carolina||37–10|
|13||November 26, 2011||Huntington, WV||Marshall||34–27|
|14||November 23, 2012||Greenville, NC||East Carolina||65–59|
|15||November 29, 2013||Huntington, WV||Marshall||59–28|
|Series: East Carolina leads 10–5|
|* 2001 GMAC Bowl|
- "Marshall Game by Game against Opponents". cfbdatawarehouse.com. Retrieved 2014-06-05.
- Kevin Kelley (April 3, 2014). "East Carolina, Marshall Schedule 2020-21 Home-and-Home Football Series". fbschedules.com. Retrieved June 5, 2014.