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Marshall University (dark jerseys) lost to Kent State (white jerseys) 14-16 on Nov. 4, 1972, at Fairfield Stadium. The 1972 team had a 2-8 record under coach Jack Lengyel. Team captains were Randy Kerr and Chuck Wright.

Gallery: Marshall vs. Kent State, Nov. 4, 1972

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Marshall University (dark jerseys) lost to Kent State (white jerseys) 14-16 on Nov. 4, 1972, at Fairfield Stadium. The 1972 team had a 2-8 record under coach Jack Lengyel. Team captains were Randy Kerr and Chuck Wright.

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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.

1972 Marshall University football roster from the media guide (player numbers were not listed)

Don Ackerman, OT, Junior, Louisville, Ky.

Bill Allen, WR, Sophomore, Huntington.

John Anderson, LB, Junior, Winfield, W.Va.

Jerry Arrasmith, FL, Junior, Elsmere, Ky.

Larry Balka, TE, Junior, Carteret, N.J.

Sidney Bell, CB, Sophomore, St. Thomas, Virgin Islands.

Tom Bossie, R, Sophomore, Charleston, W.Va.

Sam Botek, TE, Sophomore, Toledo, Ohio.

Bob Bronger, OG, Sophomore, Louisville, Ky.

Chuck Bucek, R, Junior, McKees Rocks, Pa.

Jim Bundick, OG, Sophomore, Newport News, Va.

Bruce Bunting, TE, Sophomore, Parkersburg, Pa.

Ned Burks, TB, Sophomore, Martinsburg, W.Va.

Dan Canada, OT, Junior, Pikeville, Ky.

Howie Carrell, FB, Junior, Shoals, W.Va.

Ed Carter, DG, Senior, Wichita Falls, Texas.

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

Robert Compton, DT, Sophomore, Portsmouth, Ohio.

Steve Cooper, QB, Sophomore, Winfield, W.Va.

Jack Crabtree, OT, Junior, Tazewell, Va.

Bob Crawford, TB, Sophomore, Baltimore, Md.

Pete Diabo, DT, Junior, Buffalo, N.Y.

Bob Eshbaugh, FB, Sophomore, Toronto, Ohio.

Rick Fedders, OG, Junior, Fort Mitchell, Ky.

Terry Gardner, TB, Sophomore, Portsmouth, Ohio.

Eric Gessler, C, Sophomore, West Union, W.Va.

Odell Graves, DG, Sophomore, Erie, Pa.

Charles Henry, R, Sophomore, Conway, S.C.

Roger Hillis, OT, Sophomore, Hazel Green, Ala.

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

George Jackson, CB, Senior, Lynchburg, Va.

Steve Johnson, FS, Junior, Hamburg, N.Y.

John Johnstonbaugh, FB, Junior, North Plainfield, N.J.

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

Roy Kinnison, DE, Sophomore, Bridgeport, Ohio.

Bob Krone, CB, Sophomore, Colerain, Ohio.

Ace Loding, DT, Junior, Yorktown, Va.

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

Rick Meckstroth, LB, Junior, Batavia, Ohio.

Bob Miller, C, Junior, Washington, Pa.

Mark Miller, LB, Junior, Prestonsburg, Ky.

Carey Moore, FL, Sophomore, Riviera Beach, Fla.

Dave Moses, OG, Sophomore, Huntingdon Valley, Pa.

Gene Nance, CB, Senior, Indiana, Pa.

Dan Norrell, DT, Sophomore, Hartsdale, N.Y.

Reggie Oliver, QB, Junior, Tuscaloosa, Ala.

Fred Payne, DT, Junior, Bradshaw, W.Va.

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

Jim Pry, QB, Senior, Altoona, Pa.

Bill Ralston, CB, Junior, St. Clairsville, Ohio.

Jon Rothgeb, DE, Junior, Cheshire, Ohio.

Kelly Sherwood, WR, Sophomore, Bellaire, Ohio.

John Shimp, LB, Sophomore, Arlington, Va.

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

Mike Sparks, DG, Sophomore, Wayne, N.J.

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

Roy Tabb, FS, Sophomore, Hayes, Va.

Bart Tarulli, C, Sophomore, Rochelle Park, N.J.

Gary Thompson, FL, Junior, Wellsburg, W.Va.

Sam Twardoski, QB, Sophomore, Martins Ferry, Ohio.

Dave Walsh, QB, Junior, Suffolk, Va.

Dick Washington, FL, Sophomore, York, Pa.

Ed Wilson, CB, Junior, St. Marys, W.Va.

Joe Wizba, DE, Sophomore, Shadyside, Ohio.

Bill Wright, OG, Sophomore, Troy, Ohio.

Chuck Wright, DG, Junior, Charleston, W.Va.


Kenny Armour, TB, Freshman, Wheelwright, Ky.

Fred Bader, OT, Freshman, Troy, Ohio.

Dave Becksmith, C, Freshman, Cincinnati, Ohio.

Mark Brookover, OT, Freshman, Stockport, Ohio.

Larry Call, LB, Freshman, Wheelersburg, Ohio.

Delbert Connors, DT, Junior, Alton, Ill.

Arthola Heath, OG, Freshman, Massillon, Ohio.

Lester Hicks, DE, Junior, Steubenville, Ohio.

Claude Holland, QB, Freshman, Kyle, W.Va.

Jim Kmec, LB, Freshman, Mt. Lebanon, Pa.

John Kravec, DT, Freshman, Cincinnati, Ohio.

John Lockett, TB, Freshman, Clarksburg, W.Va.

Ken McIntire, WR, Freshman, Parkersburg, W.Va.

Kevin Mathes, OG, Freshman, Nitro, W.Va.

Al Mayer, QB, Freshman, Troy, Ohio.

Jim Mercer, TB, Freshman, Mt. Lebanon, Pa.

Chris Minor, TB, Freshman, Cincinnati, Ohio.

Steve Morton, FB, Freshman, Charleston, W.Va.

Chris Ondera, DB, Freshman, Jackson, Ohio.

Steve Posey, OT, Freshman, Buckhannon, W.Va.

Rex Repass, TE, Freshman, Charleston, W.Va.

Steve Thornton, QB, Freshman, Nitro, W.Va.

Tim Valentine, OG, Freshman, Parkersburg, W.Va.

Jim Valleau, DE, Freshman, Nitro, W.Va.

Bill Wanner, OT, Freshman, Cincinnati, Ohio.

Lester Weems, DB, Freshman, Montgomery, W.Va.

Bob Westfall, DE, Freshman, Fairmont, W.Va.

Jim Wuff, LB, Freshman, Lancaster, N.Y.