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
1999: Commanding respect
The Herald-DispatchShort of begging its Mid-American Conference counterparts to bring their football programs up a level in the near future, and playing a somewhat suspect non-conference schedule, Marshall did everything it possibly could do in 1999 to earn respect nationwide.
With a victory over tradition-rich Brigham Young University in the Motor City Bowl, the Thundering Herd finished the season 13-0 -- one of only two NCAA Division I-A teams unbeaten in the nation.
"It'll help in the national public eye," said senior linebacker Andre O'Neal. "Other people will now realize that we have great athletes and coaches."
The criticism of Marshall had not been of its performance on the field, but of its weak schedule. The Herd played the likes of lowly Buffalo and Kent, matchups it couldn't avoid because of MAC scheduling. Marshall also whipped up on I-AA Liberty and I-A Temple, a school that rarely wins more than a couple of games a year.
But, Marshall also won at Clemson, Miami (Ohio) and Western Michigan, three impressive victories in front of large, noisy crowds.
Marshall coach Bobby Pruett called the victory over BYU wonderful.
"We keep making improvements each year. We've made great strides," he said.
The 1999 MAC Championship Game played at Marshall Stadium was one for the ages.
Western Michigan led 23-0 early in the third quarter of the title contest when quarterback Chad Pennington started bringing Marshall back. With three seconds left to play, on third down at the Broncos' 1, Pennington connected with tight end Eric Pinkerton for the winning touchdown.
In perfect storybook fashion, it was the only TD catch of Pinkerton's career.
Marshall finished the 1999 season undefeated for the second time in four years. Coach Bobby Pruett said the Herd's second consecutive Motor City Bowl victory, combined with victories over well-known schools from other conferences should earn Marshall respect. "Up until tonight, I thought the I-AA team we had in 1996 was the best we've had," Pruett said after the bowl victory over BYU. "This is the best team we've had." The respect came when Marshall was ranked No. 10 at the end of the season.