Gallery: Marshall vs. Akron, Sept. 21, 1974
Marshall University (dark jerseys) beat Akron (white jerseys) 17-7 on Sept. 21, 1974, at Fairfield Stadium.
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It was Marshall's only win in the 1974 season. Jack Lengyel, who had coached the rebuilding of the team after the Nov. 14, 1970, plane crash, resigned at the end of the 1974 season. Team captains were Allen Meadows and Jesse Smith.
From 1966 to 1983, Marshall's football program suffered a dismal streak of losing seasons. In 1984, Marshall won its two final games on the road against Illinois State and East Tennessee State to finish with a 6-5 record for its first winning season in 20 years.
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1974 Marshall University football roster from the media guide (player numbers not available)
Bob Anderson, QB, Junior, Winston Salem, N.C.
Fred Bader, DT, Junior, Troy, Ohio.
Dave Becksmith, C, Junior, Cincinnati, Ohio.
Sidney Bell, CB, Senior, St. Thomas, Virgin Islands.
Bob Birch, DE, Sophomore, Wheeling, W.Va.
Tom Bossie, B, Senior, Charleston, W.Va.
Bob Bronger, OG, Senior, Louisville, Ky.
Mark Brookover, OG, Junior, Stockport, Ohio.
Bob Burgoon, TE, Sophomore, Tonawanda, N.Y.
Shawn Burke, OT, Sophomore, Clarksville, Ind.
Ned Burks, FL, Senior, Martinsburg, W.Va.
Larry Call, OT, Junior, Wheelersburg, Ohio.
Steve Cooper, B, Senior, Winfield, W.Va.
Bob Crawford, FB, Senior, Baltimore, Md.
Bob DeYoung, OT, Junior, Little Falls, N.J.
Bob Eshbaugh, QB, Senior, Toronto, Canada.
John Filliez, SE, Sophomore, New Martinsville, W.Va.
Allen Fitzwater, K, Senior, Dorothy, W.Va.
Bill Forbes, LB, Sophomore, New Martinsville, W.Va.
Dave Forbes, LB, Sophomore, New Martinsville, W.Va.
Joe Fox, QB, Sophomore, Ravenswood, W.Va.
Terry Gardner, LB, Senior, West Portsmouth, Ohio.
Eric Gessler, C, Senior, West Union, W.Va.
Odell Graves, MG, Senior, Erie, Pa.
John Hale, TE, Sophomore, Powhatan, W.Va.
Andre Heath, MG, Junior, Massillon, Ohio.
Charles Henry, CB, Senior, Conway, S.C.
Jim Hewitt, OG, Senior, East Cleveland, Ohio.
Roger Hillis, DT, Senior, Hazel Green, Ala.
John Kravec, MG, Senior, Cincinnati, Ohio.
Bob Krone, B, Senior, Colerain, Ohio.
Ronnie Lemon, OT, Sophomore, Davin, W.Va.
Melvin Lockett, CB, Sophomore, Hepzibah, W.Va.
Al Mayer, FS, Junior, Troy, Ohio.
Allen Meadows, DT, Senior, Madison, W.Va.
Jim Mercer, FL, Junior, Pittsburgh, Pa.
Steve Morton, DE, Junior, Charleston, W.Va.
Doug Sargent, CB, Sophomore, New Kensington, Pa.
Rick Sharp, SE, Sophomore, South Point, Ohio.
Lew Shields, OG, Sophomore, Huntington.
John Shimp, DE, Senior, Arlington, Va.
Jesse Smith, OT, Senior, Barrackville, W.Va.
Wayne Sparks, LB, Sophomore, West Portsmouth, Ohio.
Bill Stevenson, TB, Junior, Buffalo, N.Y.
Roy Tabb, FS, Senior, Gloucester, Va.
Bart Tarulli, C, Senior, Rochelle Park, N.J.
Bob Tracey, TB, Sophomore, Buffalo, N.Y.
Bob Tranquill, OT, Sophomore, Wellsburg, W.Va.
Steve Weaver, OT, Sophomore, Dayton, Ohio.
Jim Wulf, FB, Junior, Lancaster, N.Y.
Bill Yanossy, LB, Sophomore, Snydertown, Pa.
John Arnold, FB-LB, Proctorville, Ohio.
Lawrence Berkery, QB, Sarasota, Fla.
Jerome Bohanna, WR, Delaware, Ohio.
Donald Burgoyne, FB, Tonawanda, N.Y.
Rob Carter, LB, Franklin, Va.
Michael Clark, LB, Kenmore, N.Y.
Steven Cook, FB-DB, Coal Grove, Ohio.
Ray Crabtree, DE, Huntington.
Glenn Dawson, K, Brantford, Ontario, Canada.
J. C. Felton, TB, Greensburg, Pa.
Robert Greene, LB, Huntington.
Edward Guidon, OG-DT, Orchard Park, N.Y.
Greg Johnson, DB, Charleston, W.Va.
Larry Jones, DE, Franklin, Va.
Thomas Kopaczynski, TB, Monroeville, Pa.
Ed McTaggart, LB, Rochester, N.Y.
Tom Markham, OT-DT, Charleston, W.Va.
Joseph Mesi, DE, Angola, N.Y.
Robert Olson, OT-DT, Corapolis, Pa.
Zack Qualls, TB, Huntington.
Robert Shanta, LB, Pittsburgh, Pa.
Harold Wetzel, WR-DB, New Martinsville, W.Va.
Steve Williams, QB, Huntington.
Bob Wilt, QB, New Martinsville, W.Va.