Marshall University (dark jerseys) beat Morehead State (white jerseys) 17-7 in the season opener Sept. 19, 1970, at Fairfield Stadium. The 1970 team had a 3-6 record under coach Rick Tolley. Team captain was Dave Griffith.
On Nov. 14, 1970, 75 Marshall University football players, coaches and fans died in a plane crash upon returning to Huntington from East Carolina University, where the team had just suffered a heartbreaking 17-14 loss.
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.
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.
1970 Marshall University football roster
(Information from the 1970 Marshall media guide. Numbers might not match the photos.)
12, Bob Harris, QB, Junior, Cincinnati, Ohio.
14, Ted Shoebridge, QB, Junior, Lyndhurst, N.J.
20, Rick Lech, QB, Junior, Columbus, Ohio.
21, Felix Jordan, DB, Sophomore, Cincinnati, Ohio.
22, Art Harris, HB, Sophomore, Passaic, N.J.
23, Marcelo Lajterman, K, Sophomore, Lyndhurst, N.J.
24, Kevin Gilmore, DB, Senior, Harrison, N.J.
25, Nate Ruffin, DB, Junior, Quincy, Fla.
30, Dickie Carter, FB, Senior, Kistler, W.Va.
31, Willie Bluford, LB, Junior, Greenwood, S.C.
32, Rich Brautigan, K, Sophomore, Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.
33, Joe Hood, HB, Sophomore, Tuscaloosa, Ala.
34, Art Shannon, LB, Junior, Greensboro, N.C.
40, Larry Sanders, DB, Junior, Tuscaloosa, Ala.
41, Bobby Joe Hill, DB, Sophomore, Dallas, Texas.
42, Tony Barile, DB, Fairfax, Va.
43, Stuart Cottrell, DB, Sophomore, Eustis, Fla.
44, Richard Taglang, DB, Junior, Bethlehem, Pa.
45, Gary Morgan, DB, Sophomore, Richmond, Va.
50, Rick Dardinger, C, Senior, Mt. Vernon, Ohio.
51, Jim Adams, C, Senior, Mansfield, Ohio.
52, Mike Swartley, C, Junior, Steelton, Pa.
53, Wes Hickman, C, Junior, Overland Park, Kan.
54, Jim Sly, OT, Junior, Iaeger, W.Va.
55, Dennis Foley, C, Sophomore, Carteret, N.J.
56, Jerry Stainback, LB, Senior, Newport News, Va.
57, Mike Keener, LB, Junior, Charleston, W.Va.
58, Frank James, LB, Junior, Barboursville.
60, Tom Howard, OG, Junior, Milton.
61, Mark Andrews, OG, Junior, Cincinnati, Ohio.
62, Tom Zborill, DG, Junior, Richmond, Va.
63, Jack Crabtree, DG, Sophomore, Tazewell, Va.
64, Greg Finn, DE, Junior, Boston, Mass.
65, Tom Brown, DG, Senior, Richmond, Va.
66, Pat Norrell, OG, Senior, Hartsdale, N.Y.
67, Mike Blake, LB, Sophomore, Huntington.
68, Larry Brown, DG, Senior, Atlanta, Ga.
70, Ed Deeds, DT, Junior, Covington, Va.
71, Bob Patterson, OT, Junior, Louisburg, N.C.
72, Fred Gaudet, DT, Junior, Buckhannon, W.Va.
73, Jon Calvin, OT, Sophomore, Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio.
74, Paul Oden, DT, Sophomore, Page, W.Va.
75, Robert VanHorn, DT, Sophomore, Tuscaloosa, Ala.
76, David DeBord, OT, Senior, Quincy, Fla.
77, Ed Carter, OT, Sophomore, Wichita Falls, Texas.
80, Dennis Blevins, WR, Junior, Bluefield, W.Va.
81, Dave Griffith, DE, Senior, Clarksville, Va.
82, Jack Repasy, WR, Junior, Cincinnati, Ohio.
83, Scottie Reese, DE, Junior, Waco, Texas.
84, Pete Naputano, DE, Junior, Altoona, Pa.
85, Roger Vanover, TE, Junior, Russell, Ky.
86, John Young, TE, Sophomore, Buckhannon, W.Va.
87, Freddy Wilson, TE, Sophomore, Tuscaloosa, Ala.
88, Al Saylor, DE, Sophomore, Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio.