Thursday, 12 September 2013 13:24

Marshall’s win over Gardner-Webb is 75th game with 50 points or more in Thundering Herd history

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Herd took the field against Gardner-Webb and went onto post 75th 50+ point game in MU history. Herd took the field against Gardner-Webb and went onto post 75th 50+ point game in MU history. Brad Helton/Herd Insider

HUNTINGTON — With a 55-0 win over Gardner-Webb this past Saturday (and a 52-14 win over Miami-Ohio in the opener), Marshall football posted its first back-to-back 50-point performances since the Herd returned to major college football in 1997. It’s the first time there were two games in a row over 50 points in same season since the first round and quarterfinals of the 1996 NCAA Division I-AA playoffs, featuring a 59-14 over Delaware and a 54-0 shutout of Southern Conference rival Furman.

The 55-0 win was also the 75th time a Marshall team has scored 50 or more points in a game since the Herd first topped that number with a 66-0 win on Oct. 23, 1909, against Portsmouth (Ohio) High School on the Marshall campus field (today’s Marshall Commons) under Coach Boyd “Fox” Chambers. Chambers was a MU player 1899-1901 (receiving a Normal School degree for teaching secondary education), graduated from Dennison College and then became the Marshall football coach 1909-16.

Chambers also coached baseball and basketball at Marshall, and acted as Athletic Director, then moved to the University of Cincinnati in 1917. He later sold sporting goods in the Queen City, and officiated games after retiring from coaching.

Chambers also owns the largest point total in Marshall history, a 101-0 shutout of Kentucky Wesleyan in Huntington on Oct. 21, 1916 and his teams topped 50 points seven other times. The all-time leader in 50+ point games at Marshall was Coach Jim Donnan (1990-95) with 15 games, with Bob Pruett (1996-2004) second with 14 and legendary coach Cam Henderson (1936-1942, 1946-49) recording 13.

Pruett, like Chambers, also played for the Herd in football, wrestling and track in 1962-65, then was an assistant under Sonny Randle from 1979-82 at MU before returning in 1996 to become the winningest coach in Marshall history, 94-23, and winning a National Championship in 1996 in I-AA, winning the Mid-American Conference five times, coaching the Herd to seven bowl appearance, winning five of those bowls and earning a No. 1 I-AA ranking in ’96 and No. 10 in the AP and USA Today’s Coaches Polls in 1999.

Other coaches have also coached the Herd to 50 points or more in their time at Marshall: George Chaump (1986-89) had 4 50+ games; Ulmo Shannon “Sonny” Randle (1979-83) hit 50 in his final game at Marshall in 1983, 56-7 over VMI, a rival of Randle’s in prep school at Fork Union Military, at the University of Virginia in college and as a head coach at East Carolina, UVa. and Marshall;

Coach Pete Pedersen (1950-52) also had 1 50+ game; Tom Dandelet (1931-34) posted 2 50+ games; John Maulbetsch (1929-30), who played at Michigan and is a member of the College Football Hall of Fame, had 1 50+ game in two seasons; Tom Dandelet (1931-34), who played professionally for Armco Steel in the early days of pro football after a standout career as a player and coach at nearby Ceredo-Kenova H.S., won two 50+ point games, and also won 1 WVAC crown);

Charles “Trusty” Tallman (1925-28), who played at Marshall in Normal School in 1919-20, then for WVU from 1921-25, posted 3 50+ games, and won three W.Va. Athletic Conference titles; Kemper Shelton (1921-22) had two in two seasons; and Arch Reilly (1919) had 1 50+ game in 1919, Marshall’s first unbeaten, untied season.

Current MU head coach Doc Holliday already has 7 50+ point games since 2010, in three seasons and two games in the fourth, by beating UAB 59-14 in 2011. Last season, his team topped Western Carolina (52-24), won at Rice (54-51, 2 OT) and at Southern Miss (59-24) and, unfortunately, took the only loss in MU history when the Herd scored 50 or more points, a 59-65 2 OT loss at ECU, that cost the Herd a .500 season and bowl berth. His team has recorded back-to-back games in 2013, something Pruett did in 1996,

College FB HOF member Donnan posted two back-to-back 50 points or more games in both 1991 (61-0 over VMI and 63-9 over East Tennessee State University) and 1990 (at VMI 52-7 and Appalachian State 50-0).

“Crafty” Cam Henderson, a member of the W.Va. Sportswriters, NAIA and Marshall Hall of Fame (as are Chambers, Pruett, Chaump and Donnan) won back-to-back 50-points scored games in 1941, 62-6 over Omaha and 51-7 over Illinois Wesleyan, exactly like Holliday, in the first two games on the way to a 7-1 mark with College Football HOF member Jackie Hunt, NFL HOF member Frank "Gunner" Gatski and now retired Dr. Sam Clagg, a former Marshall Geography chair, interim President of Marshall, assistant football coach and head wrestling coach, all on that ’41 team.

Unbelievable as it might seem, Marshall went from 1951 to 1983 without a single 50+ point game. MU has seen 17 since moving up to Division I-A (now Football Bowl subdivision) in 1997, had 25 as a member of Div. I-AA (today’s Football Championship subdivision), 20 as a member of the NAIA (from 1925-1953) and there were 13 games over 50 before Marshall was classified in any organization, from 1909-1922.

Here are all 75 games (Marshall 74-1) where the Thundering Herd scored over 50 points (in chronological order):

Year Score Opponent Coach
Sept. 7, 2013 55-0 Gardner-Webb* Doc Holliday (75th)

Aug. 31, 2013 52-14 Miami-Ohio DH

Nov. 23, 2012 59-65 (2OT) at ECU DH

Oct. 20, 2012 59-24 at Southern Miss DH

Sept. 22, 2012 54-51 (2OT) at Rice DH

Sept. 9, 2012 52-24 Western Carolina*DH

Oct. 29, 2011 59-14 UAB DH

Sept. 9, 2006 54-31 Hofstra* Mark Snyder (1 total)

Oct. 12, 2002 66-21 Buffalo Bob Pruett (14 total)

Aug. 31, 2002 50-17 Appalachian St.* BP

Dec. 19, 2001 64-61 (2OT) ECU^ BP

Oct. 27, 2001 50-33 Akron BP

Nov. 11, 2000 51-31 Miami-Ohio BP

Aug. 31, 2000 63-7 SE Missouri St.* BP

Oct. 23, 1999 59-3 at Buffalo BP

Sept. 11, 1999 63-3 Liberty* BP

Oct. 11, 1997 52-17 Akron BP

Dec. 7, 1996 54-0 Furman# BP

Nov. 30, 1996 59-14 Delaware# BP

Nov. 2, 1996 56-25 The Citadel (HC)BP

Oct. 19, 1996 56-21 Western Carolina BP

Sept. 7, 1996 55-27 Howard BP

Nov. 4, 1995 52-0 ETSU. (HC) Jim Donnan

Oct. 7, 1995 56-21 Va. Military Inst. JD

Oct. 1, 1994 62-21 Chattanooga JD

Sept. 3, 1994 71-7 Morehead State JD (50th)

Oct. 9, 1993 51-0 VMI JD 

Sept. 4, 1993 56-0 Morehead State JD

Nov. 14, 1992 52-14 Tennessee Tech JD

Oct. 24, 1992 52-23 Chattanooga JD

Sept. 12, 1992 63-28 Eastern Illinois JD

Nov. 23, 1991 63-9 ETSU JD

Nov. 16, 1991 61-0 VMI JD

Sept. 14, 1991 70-11 Morehead State JD

Nov. 3, 1990 50-0 Appalachian State JD

Oct. 27, 1990 52-7 at VMI JD

Sept. 8, 1990 52-0 WVU Tech@ JD

Nov. 12, 1988 52-45 at WCU George Chaump (4 total)

Oct. 15, 1988 50-14 at ETSU GC

Dec. 5, 1987 51-23 Weber State# GC

Oct. 25, 1986 63-0 Davidson (HC) GC

Nov. 19, 1983 56-7 VMI Sonny Randle (1 total)

Nov. 10, 1951$ 52-13 Evansville Pete Pedersen (1 total)

Sept. 20, 1947 60-6 Steubenville Cam Henderson (13 total)

Sept. 27, 1941 51-7 Illinois Wesleyan CH

Sept. 20, 1941 62-6 Nebraska-Omaha CH

Nov. 21, 1940 67-0 WV Wesleyan (HC) CH

Nov. 8, 1940 67-0 Detroit Tech CH

Oct. 26, 1940 50-6 Scranton CH

Oct. 7, 1939 64-0 Salem College CH

Oct. 15, 1938 66-0 Oklahoma City CH (25th)

Oct. 1, 1938 62-0 Ohio Wesleyan CH 

Oct. 22, 1937 90-0 Georgetown (Ky.) CH

Oct. 31, 1936 52-12 Emory & Henry CH

Oct. 2, 1936 81-0 Valparaiso CH

Sept. 18, 1936 58-0 at Morris Harvey+ CH

Sept. 23, 1932 60-0 Louisville Tom Dandelet (2 total)

Nov. 7, 1931 60-0 Fairmont State TD

Oct. 5, 1929 59-6 Mo. Harvey John Maulbetsch” (1 total)

Nov. 3, 1927 65-0 at N River St.! Charles Tallman (3 total)

Nov. 12, 1926 55-13 Fairmont State CT

Nov. 14, 1925 58-2 Morris Harvey CT

Oct. 7, 1922 56-0 Transylvania (Ky.) Kemper Shelton (2 total)

Sept. 23, 1922 71-6 Alderson-Broaddus KS

Oct. 18, 1919 65-0 Greenbrier Military Arch Reilly (2 total)

Oct. 4, 1919 76-0 Morris Harvey AR

Nov. 24, 1916 55-0 Mo. Harvey Boyd Chambers (9 total)

Oct. 21, 1916 101-0 Ky. Wesleyan BC

Nov. 24, 1915 61-7 Ky. Wesleyan (HC) BC

Nov. 21, 1914 79-0 Sandy Valley Seminary BC

Oct. 31, 1914 94-0 Wilmington BC

Nov. 28, 1912 52-0 Muskingum (HC) BC

Oct. 19, 1912 87-0 Transylvania BC

Nov. 30, 1911 50-0 Georgetown (HC) BC

Oct. 23, 1909 66-0 Portsmouth HS BC


Legend:
* - FCS program (with Marshall as member of FBS since 1997)
^ - Bowl game (2001 - GMAC Bowl in Mobile, Ala.)
# - I-AA Playoff games (Marshall I-AA from 1983-96, as member of the Southern Conference)
@ - Division II opponent (during I-AA era)
$ - Marshall NAIA program from 1920-1953; NCAA 1954-present
+ - Morris Harvey College is today’s The University of Charleston (W.Va.)
“ - John Maulbetsch member of the College Football HOF
! - New River State is today’s WVU Tech
HC - Homecoming wins

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