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At the Sept. 25, 1971, game against Xavier University, Marshall University's live buffalo mascot, Marco, broke loose before the second half kickoff at Fairfield Stadium. Young Thundering Herd coach Jack Lengyel led the buffalo off the field. The Young Thundering Herd of Marshall University beat Xavier University, 15-13. It was the first win since the Nov. 14, 1970, plane crash that killed 75 Marshall University football players, coaches and fans upon returning to Huntington from East Carolina University, where the team had just suffered a heartbreaking 17-14 loss.

Gallery: Marshall's 1971 victory against Xavier

Sep. 01, 2014 @ 02:04 PM

The Young Thundering Herd of Marshall University (dark jerseys) beat Xavier University (white jerseys) 15-13 on Sept. 25, 1971, at Fairfield Stadium.


1966 Marshall vs. Morehead State

1966 Marshall vs. Eastern Kentucky

1966 Marshall vs. Miami University

1969 Marshall University

1970 Marshall vs. Morehead State

1971 Marshall vs. Xavier

1972 Marshall vs. Kent State

1973 Marshall vs. Xavier

1973 Marshall vs. Bowling Green

1973 Marshall vs. Ohio

1974 Marshall vs. Morehead State

1974 Marshall vs. Akron

1974 Marshall vs. Miami

1974 Marshall vs. Northern Illinois

1974 Marshall vs. Western Michigan

1974 Marshall vs. Kent State

1974 Marshall vs. Ohio

1975 Marshall vs. Morehead State

1975 Marshall vs. Illinois State

1975 Marshall vs. Western Michigan

1975 Marshall vs. Ohio

1976 Marshall vs. Morehead

1976 Marshall vs. Miami

1976 Marshall vs. Dayton

1976 Marshall vs. Akron

1976 Marshall vs. Villanova

1979 Marshall vs. Toledo

1979 Marshall vs. VMI

1980 Marshall vs. Morehead

1980 Marshall vs. Kent State

1981 Marshall Scrimmage

1981 Marshall Media Day and Scrimmage

1981 Marshall vs. Morehead

1981 Marshall vs. East Tennessee State

1981 Marshall vs. VMI

1981 Marshall vs. Appalachian State (first Southern Conference win)

1981 Marshall vs. Western Carolina

1981 Marshall vs. Indiana State

1982 Marshall vs. Kent State

1982 Marshall vs. Akron

1983 Green-White Game

1983 Media Day

1983 Marshall vs. The Citadel

1984 Green-White Game

1984 Marshall vs. West Virginia Tech

1984 Marshall vs. Appalachian State

1984 Marshall vs. ETSU, welcome home rally

1985 Marshall media day

1985 Marshall vs. Morehead State

1986 Marshall media day

1986 Marshall vs. Davidson (homecoming)

1987 Marshall spring Green-White game

1987 Marshall vs. Western Carolina

1988 Marshall vs. Furman University

1989 Marshall Media Day

1989 Marshall vs. Catawba

1990 Marshall vs. Eastern Kentucky (last game at Fairfield Stadium)

1991 Marshall vs. New Hampshire (first game at Joan C. Edwards Stadium)

1992 Marshall vs. Morehead

1992 Marshall vs. Youngstown State

1993 Marshall vs. Murray State

1993 Marshall vs. Howard University

1993 Marshall vs. Youngstown State, I-AA Championship game

1994 Marshall vs. UT-Chattanooga

1996 Marshall vs. Delaware playoffs

1996 Marshall vs. Furman playoffs

It was the first win since the Nov. 14, 1970, plane crash that killed 75 Marshall University football players, coaches and fans upon returning to Huntington from East Carolina University, where the team had just suffered a heartbreaking 17-14 loss.

The 1971 team had a 2-8 record under coach Jack Lengyel. Team captain was Nate Ruffin.

A site here at www.Herald-Dispatch.com titled "1970 Marshall Plane Crash: The Real Story" is full of information:

- original game stories and rosters of the 1970 and '71 teams.

- photo galleries of the teams, Fairfield Stadium and more.

- biographical information about the victims.

- stories about Jack Lengyel, Nate Ruffin and Red Dawson.

- a history of Marshall football.

- coverage of the filming of the 2006 movie "We Are Marshall."

- and more.

Click here to access "1970 Marshall Plane Crash: The Real Story".

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.

Note: The gentleman sitting with his cane in three of these photos was Patsy Jefferson, who owned the Riviera Golf Club with his wife, Thelma, according to Jack Dennis.

1971 Marshall University football roster

(Information from the 1971 Marshall media guide. Numbers might not match the photos.)

10, Dave Walsh, QB, Suffolk, Va.

12, Reggie Oliver, QB, Tuscaloosa, Ala.

13, Mark Miller, QB, Prestonsburg, Ky.

14, Steve Cooper, DB, Winfield, W.Va.

15, Rick Coleman, QB, Fayetteville, N.C.

15, Jim Pry, QB, Altoona, Pa.

16, Blake Smith, K, Downsville, N.Y.

19, Sidney Bell, DB, St. Thomas, Virgin Islands

21, Felix Jordan, DB, Cincinnati, Ohio

22, Blandon Prater, TB, Myrtle Beach, S.C.

23, George Jackson, DB, Lynchburg, Va.

24, John Johnstonbaugh, TB, North Plainfield, N.J.

25, Nate Ruffin, DB, Quincy, Fla.

26, Terry Gardner, FB, West Portsmouth, Ohio

27, Gary Johnson, FB, West Hamlin, W.Va.

28, Randy Johnson, WR, South Plainfield, N.J.

29, Steve Johnson, DB, Hamburg, N.Y.

30, Gary Morgan, DB, Richmond, Va.

31, Chuck Bucek, DB, McKees Rock, Pa.

32, Bill Ralston, TB, St. Clairsville, Ohio

34, Randy Kerr, TE, St. Petersburg, Fla.

35, Bob Crawford, TB, Baltimore, Md.

36, Sam Botek, FB, Toledo, Ohio

37, Jim Cvelbar, DB, Euclid, Ohio

37, Bob Eshbaugh, K, Toronto, Ohio

38, Tim Collins, LB, Barboursville, W.Va.

39, Howie Carroll, FB, Shoals, W.Va.

40, Ned Burks, FB, Martinsburg, W.Va.

40, Jerry Arrasmith, WR, Elsmere, Ky.

41, Jim Gordon, SE, Toledo, Ohio

42, Gene Nance, DB, Indiana, Pa.

46, Kelly Sherwood, WR, Bellaire, Ohio

47, Roy Tabb, WR, Hayes, Va.

48, Lanny Steed, WR, Montgomery, W.Va.

49, Richard Washington, WR, York, Pa.

50, Keith Karl , C, East Patterson, N.J.

51, Dave Homa, LB, New York Mills, N.Y.

52, Gary Pfieger, C, Buffalo, N.Y.

52, Mike Swartley, C, Steelton, Pa.

53, Bart Taruill, MG, Rochelle Park, N.J.

54, John Shimp, C, Arlington, Va.

55, Ron Reddock, OG, Huntington Station, N.Y.

56, Bruce Jenks, MG, Louisa, Ky.

57, Dave McCoy, OG, Matewan, W.Va.

58, Sam Stefanidis, OG, Steubenville, Ohio

59, Odell Graves, MG, Erie, Pa.

60, Charles Henry, LB, Conway, S.C.

61, Bill Wright, OG, Troy, Ohio

62, Bob Miller, C, Washington, Pa.

62, Bob Bronger, OG, Louisville, Ky.

63, Rick Meckstroth, LB, Batavia, Ohio

63, Dan Norrell, OG, Hartsdale, N.Y.

64, Roy Kinnison, LB, Bellaire, Ohio

65, Eric Gessler, LB, West Union, W.Va.

66, Jesse Smith, OT, Barrackville, W.Va.

67, Roger Hillis, OT, Pleuna, Ala.

68, Bob Petras, C, Toronto, Ohio

69, Mike Sparks, DT, Wayne, N.J.

70, Jack Crabtree, OT, Tazewell, Va.

71, Rick Fedders, OT, Fort Mitchell, Ky.

72, Dan Polcyn, DT, Gallipolis, Ohio

73, Allen Meadows, DT, Madison, W.Va.

74, Ace Loding, DT, Yorktown, Va.

76, Chuck Wright, DT, Charleston, W.Va.

77, Ed Carter, OG, Wichita Falls, Texas

79, Jim Bundick, OT, Newport News, Va.

80, Jon Rothgeb, DE, Cheshire, Ohio

81, Tom Smyth, TE, Cincinnati, Ohio

82, Dave Smith, LB, Dayton, Ohio

83, Tom Bossie, TE, Charleston, W.Va.

85, Gary Dorsey, DE, Beckley, W.Va.

85, John Durkin, TE, Huntington, W.Va.

86, Fred Payne, DE, Bradshaw, W.Va.

87, Bernie Buttrey, DE, St. Mary's, W.Va.

88, Pete Diabo, DE, Buffalo, N.Y.

89, Frank Brinkmoeller, LB, Cincinnati, Ohio

89, Carey Moore, FL, Riveria Beach, Fla.

90, Ray Spangler, DT, Wayne, W.Va.

92, Floyd Thomas, DT, Flint, Mich.

93, Dan Canada, OG, Pikeville, Ky.

94, Ed Parker, DE, Beaver Falls, Pa.

95, Al Early, TE, Huntington, W.Va.

99, Bob Compton, DE, West Portsmouth, Ohio