Sept. 29, 2006
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Marshall will open the 2006 Conference USA schedule on Wednesday by hosting defending C-USA East Division Champion UCF. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. and the game will be nationally televised by ESPN2.
Rece Davis, Lou Holtz and Mark May will call the action for the ESPN2 broadcast.
In addition to the national televsion presence, We Are Marshall star Matthew McConaughey and director McG are scheduled to be in attendance at the game.
Several promotions are planned for the game. The first 10,000 fans in attendance will receive a limited edition Matthew McConaughey card and the world-famous Budweiser Clydesdales will also be in Huntington on Wednesday and be on display prior to the game.
The Thundering Herd (1-3, 0-0 C-USA) will be looking to start the conference portion of its schedule off on the right foot against a UCF (1-3, 0-1 C-USA) program that has quickly become a rival. The two schools have met every year since 2002 when UCF joined the Mid-American Conference and Marshall leads the series 3-1. Both schools left the MAC to join C-USA in 2005, and UCF picked up its first victory over the Thundering Herd, 23-13, in Orlando last season. That win ended a 17-game winless streak and helped propel the Golden Knights on to a 7-1 conference record and a berth in the inaugural Conference USA Championship game.
The Thundering Herd is definitely battle tested following a September schedule that featured road games at #4 West Virginia, Big 12 member Kansas State, and #15 Tennessee.
UCF is coming off of a disappointing 19-14 loss at home to Southern Miss. The Golden Knights opened the year with a win over Villanova, before losing at nationally-ranked Florida and then at home to rival South Florida.
The game matches two of the top running backs in Conference USA against each other in Marshall junior Ahmad Bradshaw and UCF sophomore Kevin Smith. Bradshaw, a second-team All C-USA pick last season, currently ranks second in the league with 87.2 yards per game, while Smith ranks seventh with nearly 60 ypg.
Wednesday night's contest also pits two Orlando area quarterbacks against one another. Marshall junior signal caller Bernard Morris and UCF senior qb Stephen Moffet. Morris played high school football in the shadow of the Citrus Bowl at Jones High, while Moffet was a standout at Winter Park High.
Tickets still remain for the contest and can be purchase by calling 1-800-THE-HERD or going online to the ticket page of Herdzone.com.