Herd To Open 2003 Against I-AA Power Hofstra

Herd To Open 2003 Against I-AA Power Hofstra


Marshall University Director of Athletics Bob Marcum announced today that the Thundering Herd football team will open the 2003 season against perennial Division I-AA power Hofstra at Marshall University Stadium.

The game is set for August 30 and joins Tennessee (Sept. 6) and Troy State (Sept. 27) as non-conference opponents. Both the Tennessee and Troy State games are scheduled to be played on the road.

?Playing Hofstra gives us a quality non-conference opponent at home next year,? Herd head coach Bob Pruett said. ?Our schedule will be very demanding with the quality non-conference opponents we have combined with the ever-improving level of play in the Mid-American Conference.?

Marshall and Hofstra will meet for the second time. The two teams got together in 1995, with Marshall claiming a 30-28 decision in Huntington.

The Pride is currently 2-2 this year, coming off a double overtime loss to James Madison last week. Hofstra has made the Division I-AA playoffs each of the last two seasons, posting overall records of 9-3 in 2001 and 9-4 in 2000.

After defeating Appalachian State in the 2002 season-opener, the Herd improved to 23-0 under Pruett against Division I-AA opponents. Marshall also currently has a streak of 18 consecutive victories in home openers, dating back to 1983.

The 2002 Herd is enjoying an off week before returning to Mid-American Conference play next week at Kent State. That game is scheduled for a 2 p.m. kickoff at Dix Stadium and will be televised locally by WSAZ.