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Football Opens the 2010 Season Thursday Night at No. 2 Ohio State

Aug. 30, 2010


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The Thundering Herd and new head coach Doc Holliday will open the 2010 Football Season on Thursday at second-ranked Ohio State. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m. and the game will be televised by the Big Ten Network.

Second-ranked Ohio State is the second highest ranked team Marshall has ever played at the FBS level. The Thundering Herd's only encounter with a higher ranked team came in 2001 when Marshall traveled to Gainesville, Fla., to face then-#1 Florida (a 49-14 setback). The Buckeyes are a preseason favorite to win the Big Ten and feature one of the nation's top quarterbacks in Terrell Pryor.

The Thundering Herd has two award candidates of its own that it is expecting high things from in 2010. Senior linebacker Mario Harvey and senior tight end Lee Smith are both preseason All-Conference USA picks that are on national award watch lists. Harvey is a candidate for the Nagurski Trophy and the Lombardi Award, while Smith is on the preseason John Mackey Award Watch List.

Marshall has faced 14 Top 25 opponents since moving to the FBS level in 1997 and has an overall record of 2-12 in those games. The Thundering Herd's wins came over 25th-ranked BYU (21-3) in the 1999 Motor City Bowl and over #6 Kansas State (27-20) in Manhattan, Kansas, on Sept. 6 of 2003.

OSU and Marshall have met only once before on the gridiron and that meeting was back on September 11 of 2004 in Columbus. All-America kicker Mike Nugent connected on a 55-yard field goal as time expired to lift the ninth ranked Buckeyes to a 24-21 win over the Herd.

Marshall has several Ohio State connections, however the two most prominent ties are family ties. Marshall junior linebacker George Carpenter is the younger brother of former Ohio State All-American Bobby Carpenter and Marshall assistant Zach Smith is the grandson of former Ohio State Head Coach Earle Bruce.

The Big Ten Network (Channel 610 on DirecTV) will televise the game with Eric Collins play-by-play, Chris Martin analysis and Charissa Thompson sideline reports. The Ohio State broadcast will also be available on XM and Sirius Satellite radio (check listings).

The Thundering Herd/ISP Sports Network radio broadcast will begin across the more than 20 station network with the tailgate show at 5:30 p.m. ET live from Ohio Stadium. The Marshall broadcast features the play-by-play of Steve Cotton with Frank Giardina analysis and Mark Martin sideline reports. In addition, Adam Cavalier will join the network broadcast team this season and serve as the tailgate show host along with Steve Cotton.