List of Marshall Thundering Herd bowl games

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The Marshall Thundering Herd college football team competes as part of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS), representing the Marshall University in the Eastern Division of Conference USA (C-USA). Since the establishment of the team in 1895, Marshall has appeared in 13 bowl games.[1] The latest bowl occurred on December 26, 2015, when Marshall defeated Connecticut 16–10 in the 2015 St. Petersburg Bowl. The victory in that game brought the Herd's overall bowl record to ten wins and three losses (10–3).[2]


Bowl games[edit]

List of bowl games showing bowl played in, score, date, season, opponent, stadium, location, attendance, head coach and MVP[A 1]
# Bowl Score[A 2] Date Season[A 3] Opponent[A 4] Stadium Location Attendance[3] Head coach MVP
1 Tangerine Bowl* L 0–7 January 1, 1948 1947 Catawba Indians Tangerine Bowl Orlando 9,000 Henderson, CamCam Henderson Don Gibson (End)
2 Motor City Bowl L 31–34 December 26, 1997 1997 Ole Miss Rebels Silverdome Pontiac 43,340double-dagger Pruett, BobBob Pruett
3 Motor City Bowl W 48–29 December 23, 1998 1998 Louisville Cardinals Silverdome Pontiac 38,016 Pruett, BobBob Pruett Pennington, ChadChad Pennington (QB)
4 Motor City Bowl W 21–3 December 27, 1999 1999 BYU Cougars Silverdome Pontiac 52,449double-dagger Pruett, BobBob Pruett Chapman, DougDoug Chapman (RB)
5 Motor City Bowl W 25–14 December 27, 2000 2000 Cincinnati Bearcats Silverdome Pontiac 52,911double-dagger Pruett, BobBob Pruett Leftwich, ByronByron Leftwich (QB)
6 GMAC Bowl W 64–61 December 19, 2001 2001 East Carolina Pirates Ladd Peebles Stadium Mobile 40,139 Pruett, BobBob Pruett Leftwich, ByronByron Leftwich (QB)
7 GMAC Bowl W 38–15 December 18, 2002 2002 Louisville Cardinals Ladd Peebles Stadium Mobile 40,646dagger Pruett, BobBob Pruett Leftwich, ByronByron Leftwich (QB)
8 Fort Worth Bowl L 14–32 December 23, 2004 2004 Cincinnati Bearcats Amon G. Carter Stadium Fort Worth 27,902 Pruett, BobBob Pruett
9 Little Caesars Pizza Bowl W 21–17 December 26, 2009 2009 Ohio Bobcats Ford Field Detroit 30,331 Minter, RickRick Minter Ward, MartinMartin Ward (RB)
10 Beef 'O' Brady's Bowl W 20–10 December 20, 2011 2011 FIU Panthers Tropicana Field St. Petersburg 20,072 Holliday, DocDoc Holliday Dobson, AaronAaron Dobson (WR)
11 Military Bowl W 31–20 December 27, 2013 2013 Maryland Terrapins Navy–Marine Corps Memorial Stadium Annapolis 30,163 Holliday, DocDoc Holliday Cato, RakeemRakeem Cato (QB)
12 Boca Raton Bowl W 52–23 December 23, 2014 2014 Northern Illinois Huskies FAU Stadium Boca Raton 29,419 Holliday, DocDoc Holliday Cato, RakeemRakeem Cato (QB)
13 St. Petersburg Bowl W 16–10 December 26, 2015 2015 Connecticut Huskies Tropicana Field St. Petersburg 14,652 Holliday, DocDoc Holliday Deandre Reaves (WR)
  • The Tangerine Bowl was not sanctioned by the NCAA until 1968.


  1. ^ Statistics correct as of 2015–16 NCAA football bowl games.
  2. ^ Results are sortable first by whether the result was a Marshall win, loss or tie and then second by the margin of victory.
  3. ^ Links to the season article for the Marshall team that competed in the bowl for that year.
  4. ^ Links to the season article for the opponent that Marshall competed against in the bowl for that year when available or to their general page when unavailable.


  1. ^ Bowl/All-Star Game Records, p. 20–21
  2. ^ College Football Data Warehouse. "Marshall Bowl History". Retrieved May 18, 2012. 
  3. ^ Bowl/All-Star Game Records, pp. 32–38