Marshall Football History
- NCAA Division I-AA 1992
- NCAA Division I-AA 1996
Bowl Game Victories:
- Motor City Bowl - 1998
- Motor City Bowl - 1999
- Motor City Bowl - 2000
- GMAC Bowl - 2001
- GMAC Bowl - 2002
- Little Caesars
Pizza Bowl - 2009
- W.Va. Athletic Conference 1925
- W.Va. Athletic Conference 1928
- W.Va. Athletic Conference 1931
- Buckeye Conference 1937
- MAC 1997
- MAC 1998
- MAC 1999
- MAC 2000
- MAC 2002
Coach Bobby Pruett
- Pruett left an indelible mark on Marshall football
- 1996: The greatest season
- 1997: A great I-A beginning
- 1998: Herd takes giant step
- 1999: Commanding respect
- 2000: MAC champions, again
- 2001: Miracle in Mobile
- 2002: A year of inspiration
- 2003: Herd's MAC reign ends
- 2004: Season of discontent
- Timeline of MU Coach Bobby Pruett's life and career
- TIM STEPHENS: Pruett turned losses into life lessons
- ANTHONY HANSHEW: One August afternoon told the rest of the story
- ERNIE SALVATORE: Easygoing Pruett a sportswriters' dream
MU Football History
1997: A great I-A beginning
The Herald-DispatchFor Marshall's first-year NCAA Division I-A football program, the 1997 Motor City Bowl was as much about the Thundering Herd's future as it was the present.
Minutes after Marshall's 34-31 bowl loss to Mississippi, coach Bobby Pruett talked of his team getting bigger, stronger and faster, a goal he wants to accomplish quickly.
While coming within 31 seconds of beating a team from the acclaimed Southeastern Conference was impressive, it's not the result Pruett wanted. His quest was for Marshall to be a Top 25 team every year.
"Our seniors won 49 games the last four years," Pruett said. "Hopefully, next year's seniors will be even better."
Marshall began believing in itself -- and making believers of others -- in the much-anticipated season opener at West Virginia. Although Marshall lost, 42-31, it proved it could play with the big boys -- even the mighty Mountaineers.
"We've been Division I for three weeks," Pruett said after the game. "I'm proud of our guys."
Marshall, helped immensely by Heisman Trophy finalist Randy Moss, received enormous national publicity throughout the year, capped by the Motor City Bowl which was televised live by ESPN.
With a 10-3 record, Marshall recorded the most wins ever by a first-year NCAA Division I-A team. Marshall also captured its first Mid-American Conference championship.
The Herd figured to be strong again in 1998. At least eight, possibly nine starters, returned to an offense that averaged 39 points per game. The defense returned four players who started in the bowl game and four others who saw considerable playing time.
The wild card was Moss, a wide receiver who was expected to declare for the NFL Draft.
Marshall played its first game back as a Division I-A football program on Aug. 30, 1997 at West Virginia -- the first meeting between the schools in 74 years. A crowd of 65,492 swarmed Mountaineer Field and although WVU won the game, 42-31, it was the state that had won. "Without question, no matter what the results of the ballgame, everybody's a winner," Marshall coach Bobby Pruett said.