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Marshall, Miami announce football series extension

Aug. 10, 2011 @ 12:03 AM

HUNTINGTON -- Marshall announced on Wednesday that two games have been added to a future football series with former Mid-American Conference rival Miami University.

In addition to games in the 2013 and 2014 seasons, Marshall will also take on the RedHawks in 2017 and 2018.

"It is great to have the opportunity to resume our rivalry with Miami," Marshall athletic director Mike Hamrick said in a release. "From the time the series started in 1905 through our days in the Mid-American Conference, it has been a great series and we are looking forward to starting it back up."

Marshall will host the contests in 2013 (Aug. 31) and 2017 (Sept. 2) while Miami will host in 2014 (Aug. 30) and 2018 (Sept. 1). The games will serve as the season-opener for both teams in each year.

With the announcement, Marshall now has two home games in the 2017 non-conference portion of the season -- the opener against Miami and a Sept. 16 date with Big Ten member Purdue.

Miami is one of Marshall's oldest collegiate opponents with contests between the teams dating back to 1905.

The Thundering Herd football program was started in 1905, but Marshall only played high schools until the 1903 season.

When the series between the teams started on Nov. 30, 1905, Miami University was only the sixth college team in history to take on Marshall's football team.

"We are excited to extend our series with Marshall and look forward to renewing a regional rivalry that has great history," said Brad Bates, Miami University's athletic director.

Recently, the teams have not met since Marshall left the Mid-American Conference following the 2004 season.

Marshall has seen the best of the recent history of the series, winning six of the last seven contests. The only Miami win during the span was a 45-6 victory over the Herd in 2003 in a nationally-televised affair on ESPN. Current Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger led the RedHawks to the victory.

Overall, Miami has dominated the series, owning a 30-10-1 record all-time against the Herd.

-- Grant Traylor

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