1999 Marshall Thundering Herd football team

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1999 Marshall Thundering Herd football
MAC champion
MAC East Division champion
Motor City Bowl champion
Motor City Bowl, W 21–3 vs. BYU
ConferenceMid-American Conference
DivisionEast
Ranking
CoachesNo. 10
APNo. 10
1999 record13–0 (8–0 MAC)
Head coachBob Pruett (4th season)
Offensive coordinatorMarty Galbraith
Defensive coordinatorTim Billings
Home stadiumMarshall University Stadium
(Capacity: 30,000)
Seasons
← 1998
2000 →
1999 Mid-American Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
East Division
No. 10 Marshall x$   8 0         13 0  
Miami   6 2         7 4  
Akron   5 3         7 4  
Ohio   5 3         5 6  
Bowling Green   3 5         5 6  
Kent State   2 6         2 9  
Buffalo   0 8         0 11  
West Division
Western Michigan x   6 2         7 5  
Toledo   5 3         6 5  
Northern Illinois   5 3         5 6  
Eastern Michigan   4 4         4 7  
Central Michigan   3 5         4 7  
Ball State   0 8         0 11  
Championship: Marshall 34, Western Michigan 30
  • $ – Conference champion
  • x – Division champion/co-champions
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1999 Marshall Thundering Herd football team represented Marshall University in the 1999 NCAA Division I-A football season. Marshall became the second non-automatic qualifying team in the Bowl Championship Series (BCS) era to finish the year ranked in the top 10 of the AP Poll.

Marshall outscored its opponents 463–137 en route to an undefeated, 13–0, season. The season-opener at Clemson (13–10) and the MAC Championship Game vs. Western Michigan (34–30) were the only games decided by less than 12 points.

Schedule[edit]

DateTimeOpponentRankSiteTVResultAttendance
September 46:00 PMat Clemson*WSAZW 13–1079,186
September 117:00 PMLiberty*WSAZW 63–326,374
September 187:00 PMBowling Green
  • Marshall University Stadium
  • Huntington, WV
FSNPW 35–1629,741
September 258:00 PMTemple*No. 21
  • Marshall University Stadium
  • Huntington, WV
FSNPW 34–030,194
October 22:00 PMat Miami (OH)No. 17ESPN+W 32–1430,087
October 148:00 PMToledoNo. 15
  • Marshall University Stadium
  • Huntington, WV
ESPNW 38–1330,203
October 2312:00 PMat BuffaloNo. 15FSNPW 59–313,120
October 304:00 PMNorthern IllinoisdaggerNo. 13
  • Marshall University Stadium
  • Huntington, WV
FSNW 41–930,081
November 62:00 PMat Kent StateNo. 13WSAZW 28–1612,280
November 1312:00 PMat Western MichiganNo. 12W 31–1730,472
November 2612:30 PMOhioNo. 12
FSNW 34–326,053
December 38:00 PMWestern MichiganNo. 11
ESPN2W 34–3028,069
December 271:30 PMvs. BYU*No. 11ESPNW 21–352,449
  • *Non-conference game
  • daggerHomecoming
  • Rankings from AP Poll released prior to the game
  • All times are in Eastern time

Game summaries[edit]

Clemson[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Thundering Herd 6 0 0 7 13
Tigers 0 3 0 7 10
Overall record Last meeting Result
First meeting

Liberty[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Flames 0 0 3 0 3
Thundering Herd 7 28 14 14 63
Overall record Last meeting Result
First meeting

Bowling Green[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Falcons 3 10 3 0 16
Thundering Herd 14 14 7 0 35
Overall record Last meeting Result
4–19 1998 BGSU, 34–13

Temple[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Owls 0 0 0 0 0
#21 Thundering Herd 14 7 10 3 34
Overall record Last meeting Result
0–1 1974 TEM, 31–10

Miami (OH)[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
#17 Thundering Herd 9 10 3 10 32
RedHawks 0 0 0 14 14
Overall record Last meeting Result
5–29–1 1998 MARSH, 31–17

Toledo[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Rockets 3 10 0 0 13
#15 Thundering Herd 7 17 0 14 38
Overall record Last meeting Result
16–19–1 1998 MARSH, 23–17

Buffalo[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
#15 Thundering Herd 14 24 14 7 59
Bulls 3 0 0 0 3
Overall record Last meeting Result
2–1 1964 MARSH, 14–12

Northern Illinois[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Huskies 0 6 0 3 9
#13 Thundering Herd 14 0 14 13 41
Overall record Last meeting Result
1–4 1974 NIU, 20–17

Kent State[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
#13 Thundering Herd 14 0 7 7 28
Golden Flashes 0 10 3 3 16
Overall record Last meeting Result
11–18 1998 MARSH, 42–7

Western Michigan[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
#12 Thundering Herd 7 7 17 0 31
Broncos 3 7 0 7 17
Overall record Last meeting Result
7–21 1984 WMU, 42–7

Ohio[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Bobcats 0 3 0 0 3
#12 Thundering Herd 0 13 7 14 34
Overall record Last meeting Result
12–28–6 1998 MARSH, 30–23

Western Michigan–MAC Championship[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Broncos 10 10 3 7 30
#11 Thundering Herd 0 0 20 14 34
Overall record Last meeting Result
8–21 1999 MARSH, 31–17

BYU–Motor City Bowl[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Cougars 3 0 0 0 3
#11 Thundering Herd 0 7 7 7 21
Overall record Last meeting Result
First meeting

Roster[edit]

1999 Marshall Thundering Herd football team roster
Players Coaches
Offense
Pos. # Name Class
RB 22 Doug Chapman Sr
WR 6 John Cooper Jr
QB 7 Byron Leftwich Fr
QB 10 Chad Pennington Sr
WR 3 Nate Poole Jr
OL 75 Steve Sciullo Fr
C 62 Jason Starkey Sr
WR 83 James Williams Sr
Defense
Pos. # Name Class
DB 42 Rogers Beckett Sr
DL 96 Ronnie Bowman Jr
DB 19 Chris Crocker Fr
LB 4 John Grace Sr
DT 93 Giradie Mercer Sr
LB 55 Andre O'Neal Sr
LB 5 Max Yates So
Special teams
Pos. # Name Class
K 43 J. R. Jenkins Jr
LS 54 Chris Massey So
K 20 Jason Witczak So
Head coach
Coordinators/assistant coaches

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (S) Suspended
  • (I) Ineligible
  • Injured Injured
  • Redshirt Redshirt

Roster
Last update: 1999-10-12

Team players drafted in the NFL[edit]

The following players were selected in the 2000 NFL Draft.

Player Position Round Pick Franchise
Chad Pennington Quarterback 1 17 New York Jets
Rogers Beckett Defensive Back 2 43 San Diego Chargers
Doug Chapman Running Back 3 88 Minnesota Vikings
James Williams Wide Receiver 6 175 Seattle Seahawks

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Awards and honors[edit]

Rankings[edit]

Ranking Movement
Poll Pre Wk 2 Wk 3 Wk 4 Wk 5 Wk 6 Wk 7 Wk 8 Wk 9 Wk 10 Wk 11 Wk 12 Wk 13 Wk 14 Wk 15 Final
AP RV RV 21 17 15 15 15 13 13 12 12 11 12 11 11 10
Coaches RV RV 25 22 17 15 16 15 13 12 11 11 12 11 11 10
BCS Not released 14 14 NR 14 13 12 12 Not rel.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "2000 NFL Draft Listing". Pro Football Reference. Archived from the original on May 13, 2009. Retrieved April 17, 2009.
  2. ^ a b "1999 Heisman Trophy, College Football Awards". College Football Poll. Archived from the original on 2009-05-13. Retrieved April 17, 2009.