MULTIMEDIAThe 1971 Roster
1971 Young Herd vs. Xavier starting lineup
The Young Herd reports for pre-season practice Aug. 19, 1971
The Sept. 18, 1971, newspaper discusses the season opener at Morehead
The Sept. 19, 1971, paper reported on the season opener loss at Morehead
The Sept. 26, 1971, edition of The Herald-Advertiser trumpets the Young Herd's first win after the crash
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1971 Game Stories
- The Long Road Back: Marshall Bows, 29-6: Morehead Wins '71 Opener (Sept. 18, 1971)
- Lengyel Unbowed; Hallum Pleased (Sept. 19, 1971)
- Young Herd Does It: MU 15, Xavier 13: Scores Touchdown On Final Play (Sept. 25, 1971)
- MU Cool Like Lengyel (Sept. 26, 1971)
- Redskins Massacre Herd, 66-6 (Oct. 3, 1971)
- NIU Downs Marshall, 37-18
(Oct. 9, 1971)
- Young Herd Runs Out Of Miracles, 13-0 (Oct. 16, 1971)
- Western Wallops Young Herd, 37-0: Scores 31 In Last Half (Oct. 23, 1971)
- Young Herd Stuns Bowling Green, 12-10 (Oct. 30, 1971)
- Kent Blanks Sputtering Herd, 21-0 (Nov. 6, 1971)
- Rockets Close Fast, Rip MU, 43-0 (Nov. 13, 1971)
- Error-Plagued Herd Bows To OU (Nov. 20, 1971)
- MU Coach Looks To The Future; Lengyel: We'll Be Better (Nov. 20, 1971)
The Young Herd
Red Dawson helped mold 1971 team
The Herald-DispatchRed Dawson was somewhere around Greensboro, N.C., when he heard the news.
The Marshall football team he had helped coach only hours earlier had been involved in a plane crash. Later, he learned that all 75 people aboard the DC-9 jet carrying the team, staff and some supporters back from Greenville, N.C., to Huntington died in the crash near Tri-State Airport.
Marshall lost its game that day to East Carolina. Rather than flying back with the team on that foggy, rainy Nov. 14, 1970, night, Dawson, who had been on the road recruiting, drove back.
On the drive home, he learned about the plane crash by radio.
The 27-year-old Dawson helped hold the football program together following the tragedy. He remained on the Marshall coaching staff one more year and was instrumental in helping new head coach Jack Lengyel rebuild the Young Thundering Herd.
Today, the 60-something Valdosta, Ga., native operates a Huntington construction company.
He has also been closely involved with the making of "We Are Marshall," the Warner Bros. movie that chronicles the story of the plane crash and rebirth of the football program. Actor Matthew Fox is playing Dawson in the movie, with dyed red hair to match.
Dawson was a star end at Florida State, where he is a member of the athletic Hall of Fame. He played one year of pro football.
The Dawson family includes his wife, Carole; daughter, Katie; and son, Bill Jr.