Gallery: Marshall vs. Xavier, Sept. 29, 1973
Marshall University (dark jerseys) lost to Xavier University (white jerseys) 28-30 on Sept. 29, 1973, at Fairfield Stadium. The 1973 team had a 4-7 record under coach Jack Lengyel. Team captain was Jack Crabtree.
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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1973 Marshall University football roster from the media guide (player numbers not available)
Don Ackerman, OT, Senior, Louisville, Ky.
Kenny Armour, TB, Sophomore, Wheelwright, Ky.
Jerry Arrasmith, FL, Senior, Elsmere, Ky.
Fred Bader, OT, Sophomore, Troy, Ohio.
Dave Becksmith, C, Sophomore, Cincinnati, Ohio.
Sidney Bell, CB, Junior, St. Thomas, Virgin Islands.
Tom Bossie, R, Junior, Charleston, W.Va.
Bob Bronger, OG, Junior, Louisville, Ky.
Mark Brookover, OT, Sophomore, Stockport, Ohio.
Jim Bundick, OG, Junior, Newport News, Va.
Ned Burks, TB, Junior, Martinsburg, W.Va.
Larry Call, LB, Sophomore, Wheelersburg, Ohio.
Dan Canada, OT, Senior, Pikeville, Ky.
Walt Chamberlain, CB, Sophomore, Charleston, W.Va.
Rick Coleman, QB, Junior, Fayetteville, N.C.
Steve Cooper, R, Junior, Winfield, W.Va.
Jack Crabtree, OT, Senior, Tazewell, Va.
Bob DeYoung, TE, Sophomore, Little Falls, N.J.
Pete Diabo, DT, Senior, Buffalo, N.Y.
Bob Eshbaugh, FB, Junior, Toronto, Ohio.
Rick Fedders, OT, Senior, Ft. Mitchell, Ky.
Terry Gardner, TB, Junior, Portsmouth, Ohio.
Eric Gessler, C, Junior, West Union, W.Va.
Odell Graves, DG, Junior, Erie, Pa.
Andre Heath, DT, Sophomore, Massillon, Ohio.
Charles Henry, R, Junior, Conway, S.C.
Jim Hewitt, OH, Junior, East Cleveland, Ohio.
Lester Hicks, DE, Senior, Steubenville, Ohio.
Roger Hillis, OT, Junior, Hazel Green, Ala.
Mike Holman, FB, Junior, Logan, W.Va.
Bill James, SE, Senior, Scottsburg, Ind.
Steve Johnson, FS, Senior, Hamburg, N.Y.
John Johnstonbaugh, FB, Senior, North Plainfield, N.J.
Randy Kerr, TE, Senior, St. Petersburg, Fla.
Roy Kinnison, DE, Junior, Bridgeport, Ohio.
Jim Kmec, LB, Sophomore, Mt. Lebanon, Pa.
John Kravec, DT, Sophomore, Cincinnati, Ohio.
Bob Krone, CB, Junior, Colerain, Ohio.
John Lewis, LB, Sophomore, Deerfield, Fla.
John Lockett, TB, Sophomore, Clarksburg, W.Va.
Ace Loding, DT, Senior, Yorktown, Va.
Al Mayer, QB, Sophomore, Troy, Ohio.
Larry McCoy, K, Sophomore, Barboursville.
Allen Meadows, DT, Junior, Madison, W.Va.
Rick Meckstroth, LB, Senior, Batavia, Ohio.
Jim Mercer, TB, Sophomore, Mt. Lebanon, Pa.
Bob Miller, C, Senior, Washington, Pa.
Mark Miller, LB, Senior, Prestonsburg, Ky.
Dan Norrell, DT, Junior, Hartsdale, N.Y.
Reggie Oliver, QB, Senior, Tuscaloosa, Ala.
Chris Ondera, DB, Sophomore, Jackson, Ohio.
Chuck Pollock, FL, Sophomore, Youngstown, N.Y.
Grayson Proffit, R, Sophomore, Charleston, W.Va.
Bill Ralston, CB, Senior, St. Clairsville, Ohio.
John Shimp, LB, Junior, Arlington, Va.
Jesse Smith, OT, Junior, Barrackville, W.Va.
Lanny Steed, WR, Junior, Montgomery, W.Va.
Roy Tabb, FS, Junior, Hayes, Va.
Bart Tarulli, C, Junior, Rochelle Park, N.J.
Tim Valentine, OG, Sophomore, Parkersburg, W.Va.
Dave Walsh, QB, Senior, Suffolk, Va.
Bill Wanner, OT, Sophomore, Cincinnati, Ohio.
Lester Weems, DB, Sophomore, Montgomery, W.Va.
Bob Westfall, DE, Sophomore, Fairmont, W.Va.
Jon Williams, CB, Sophomore, Charleston, W.Va.
Ed Wilson, CB, Senior, St. Marys, W.Va.
Bill Wright, OG, Junior, Troy, Ohio.
Chuck Wright, DG, Senior, Charleston, W.Va.
Jim Wuff, LB, Sophomore, Lancaster, N.Y.
Wilbert Allen, DE, Freshman, Cincinnati, Ohio.
Stanley Berry, LB, Freshman, Cincinnati, Ohio.
Bob Birch, TE, Freshman, Wheeling, W.Va.
Bob Burgoon, SE, Freshman, Tonawanda, N.Y.
Shawn Burke, OT, Freshman, Clarksville, Ind.
Fuzzy Filliez, FL, Freshman, New Martinsville, W.Va.
Bill Forbes, LB, Freshman, New Martinsville, W.Va.
Dave Forbes, LB, Freshman, New Martinsville, W.Va.
Joe Fox, QB, Freshman, Ravenswood, W.Va.
I.B. Greene, FB, Freshman, Huntington.
John Hale, TB, Freshman, Powhatan, W.Va.
Mike Jett, FB, Junior, West Union, W.Va.
Dave Kellems, DE, Freshman, Harrison, Ohio.
Ronnie Lemon, DT, Freshman, Davin, W.Va.
Dwight Schnaitter, MG, Freshman, Madison, Ind.
Bill Scholz, QB, Freshman, Erie, Pa.
Phil Schwab, OT, Freshman, Buffalo, N.Y.
Lew Shields, OG, Freshman, Huntington.
Wayne Sparks, MG, Freshman, West Portsmouth, Ohio.
R. D. Stephens, FS, Freshman, Farmington, W.Va.
Rick Thomas, OG, Freshman, Xenia, Ohio.
Bob Tracey, TB, Freshman, Buffalo, N.Y.
Bob Tranquill, DT, Freshman, Wellsburg, W.Va.
Steve Weaver, DT, Freshman, Dayton, Ohio.
Bill Yanossy, DE, Freshman, Snydertown, Pa.