Football Hosts Bowling Green Saturday at 7 p.m.


Senior John Jacobs

Senior John Jacobs

Sept. 16, 2009

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Marshall will host former Mid-American Conference rival Bowling Green on Saturday in a non-conference game that is scheduled for 7 p.m.

The game will be televised locally on the Thundering Herd/ISP Sports Network (WSAZ-TV in Charleston/Huntington) with Keith Morehouse handling play-by-play and former Marshall great Mike Bartrum serving as analyst. The game will also be available online through All-Access at Herdzone.com.

SIRIUS Satellite Radio will also provide the radio broadcast of the game on channel 158.

Bowling Green opened the season with an impressive 31-14 win over Sunbelt Conference favorite Troy and nearly pulled an upset at nationally-ranked Missouri last Saturday before falling 27-20. The Falcons are led by quarterback Tyler Sheehan who is averaging 272.5 passing yards per game and standout receiver Freddie Barnes who leads the nation with 12.5 catches per game and boasts 113.5 receiving yards per game.

Bowling Green and Marshall have a long history on the gridiron that dates back to 1954. The two teams have met 27 times and BGSU owns a 20-7 advantage over Marshall. The two played on a regular basis from 1997-2004 when Marshall was a member of the Mid-American Conference. During that span, MU led the series 4-2, however the Falcons defeated the Herd in their last meeting by the score of 56-35 at Bowling Green in 2004. Marshall is 5-8 all-time in games played in Huntington and a perfect 3-0 against the Falcons at Joan C. Edwards Stadium.

Saturday's game with Bowling Green will mark the first time Marshall will play a Mid-American Conference school since leaving the MAC in 2005. Marshall, along with UCF, joined Conference USA in 2005. Marshall was a member of the MAC from 1953-1969 and again from 1997-2004. During Marshall's last eight year run in the MAC, the Herd won five MAC Championships in football and posted an overall regular season conference record of 59-11. Marshall also posted a 5-1 record in MAC Championship games during that span.

Marshall will see a familiar face on the BGSU sideline this Saturday. Former Marshall assistant coach and Thundering Herd standout Shannon Morrison left Marshall this past off season, after a four year stint on Mark Snyder's staff, to take over as co-Defensive Coordinator and secondary coach at BGSU under first-year head coach Dave Clawson.

GAME PROMOTIONS THIS WEEK:

HUCKABY CONCERT
Acclaimed recording artist Rick Huckaby, son of former Marshall basketball coach Rick Huckabay, will perform at a concert on the Joan C. Edwards Stadium West Lot on Friday night at 7 p.m. Tickets for the event are $10 per person and $1 for Marshall students. All proceeds go to benefit the Coach Rick Huckabay Scholarship Fund through Marshall University's Big Green Scholarship Foundation. Rick Huckaby will also sing the national anthem prior to Saturday's football game.

TICKET PROMOTIONS
Huntington's annual Chili Fest is scheduled for Saturday and those in attendance that purchase a chili sample will receive a voucher good for a $15 end zone ticket at Saturday night's Marshall-BGSU football game. Marshall fans that attend the Thundering Herd women's volleyball match with East Carolina that is scheduled for 1 p.m. on Saturday will also receive vouchers good for the discounted ticket price. A valid voucher is required at the gate in order to receive the $15 ticket special.

BAND DAY
High School bands from across the region will take part in Marshall's 2009 "Band Day." The high school bands will perform along with the Marching Thunder at Saturday's game.

THUNDER WALK
Approximately two hours prior to kickoff of each of Marshall's home games this season, the Thunder Walk will begin at Hodges Hall off of 18th street on Marshall's campus (5 p.m. this Saturday). Marshall's team buses will drop off the team and coaches at that point and the walk will continue down the sidewalk between the two new first-year residence halls and reach 20th Street in front of the new student recreation center. The walk will proceed across 20th Street and continue down the Stadium West Lot sidewalk before turning into the West Lot at the northern most parking entrance.

Students and fans are encouraged to line both sides of the route to cheer the Marshall Football team as they make their way to the stadium for each Marshall home game.

PARKING LOTS ON GAME DAY
Stadium parking lots will open at approximately Noon on Saturday. Fans attending the Marshall Women's Volleyball match at 1 p.m. on Saturday may park in the Third Avenue Garage at no charge before 1:15 p.m.

TICKET OFFICE HOURS
The main ticket office in the Cam Henderson Center lobby off of Third Avenue will open at 1:30 p.m. and remain open until 4 p.m. on Saturday. The Gate A ticket office will open at 3:30 p.m. and all remaining ticket windows at the stadium will open at 5 p.m.

CREDIT CARDS NOW ACCEPTED BY CONCESSIONS
Sodexho and Marshall University have phased in credit card machines throughout the concourse areas of Joan C. Edwards Stadium. Credit cards will now be accepted at designated points of purchase throughout both concourses of the stadium. The main ticket office