Sept. 5, 2005
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. -
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Marshall will host Big 12 member Kansas State and an ESPN2 national television audience on Saturday. Kickoff is set for 10:30 a.m. EDT at Joan C. Edwards Stadium.
In the only meeting between the two schools to date - Marshall defeated then sixth-ranked Kansas State in Manhattan, 27-20, in 2003. That game marked Marshall's first ever win over a team ranked in the Top 10 of the major polls. Plenty has changed in Huntington since that meeting two years ago - Marshall now has a new coach in Mark Snyder and a new conference (Conference USA).
The Herd opened the Mark Snyder era with a 36-24 win over Division 1-AA power William and Mary last Thursday, while coach Bill Snyder's Kansas State Wildcats opened the season with a home win over Florida International.
The contest pits one of the nation's youngest coaches in Marshall's Mark Snyder against one the nation's most accomplished veterans in KSU's Bill Snyder. Ironically, back in 2003, the Wildcats went on to win the Big 12 and earn a spot in the Fiesta Bowl opposite Ohio State where Marshall's Snyder was serving as linebackers coach. Ohio State pulled out a 35-28 win in that contest.
Marshall has designated the game as "Bobby Pruett" Day and the school will be honoring the former Herd coach prior to kickoff with a special announcement. Pruett retired this Spring with an overall record of 94-23 in nine years. The Herd will also pay tribute to 2005 College Football Hall of Fame inductee Mike Barber with on-field ceremonies. Barber is Marshall's all-time leading receiver and second consecutive Hall of Fame inductee.