The Thundering Herd has not won a game this season, but they have lost two nail biters to ranked opponents. Marshall's 17-15 loss at the hands of Troy the first week of the season left many scratching their head. But on last Thursday, Troy beat #17 Missouri and the scratching was slowed some.
On Saturday, Marshall turned heads with an upset bid of their own; this time against mighty Ohio State. The Buckeyes needed a 55-yard field goal with no time left to beat Marshall. So with two losses to teams on the national radar, and the reputation Marshall already had for beating BCS schools, Mark Richt wants to make certain the expectations for this weekend's game are not overwhelming; he doesn't think it will be a blow out.
"They have never lost three games in a row under Bob Pruitt," said Richt.
The Thundering Herd allowed only 79 yards rushing against Ohio State, a team known for its rushing prowess. The term three yards and a cloud of dust seems to have been born in Columbus, after all.
"My first impression is how good their defense is," said Richt. "They have speed at all their positions and are in really good shape. You don't see any fatties on their team."
Marshall's history vs. the SEC since moving to Division I
1998 vs. South Carolina
Marshall beats Carolina 24-21
1997 Music City Bowl vs. Ole Miss
Marshall loses to the Rebels 34-31
2001 vs. then #1 Florida
Marshall gets blown out by the Gators 49-14
2003 vs. then #11 Tennessee
The Vols outlast Marshall 34-24