Herd Football Finishes 22nd in Coaches Poll, 23rd in AP

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HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – Marshall’s superb 2014 football season received more recognition today, when the Thundering Herd (13-1) finished 22nd in the Amway USA Today Coaches Poll and 23rd in the Associated Press Top 25.


Coach Doc Holliday’s team, which won a first Conference USA title and downed Mid-American Conference champ Northern Illinois in the inaugural Boca Raton Bowl, finished 22nd with 178 points in the coaches poll and at No. 23 in the AP media poll with 161 points.


It was the first time Marshall appeared in a final poll in 12 seasons.


It is the third time a Herd team has finished a season ranked since Marshall moved to major-college football from the NCAA Division I-AA ranks prior to the 1997 season.


In 1999, Marshall finished 13-0 and closed at No. 10 in the AP and USA Today/ESPN Coaches’ polls. In 2002, the Herd went 11-2, and placed No. 19 in the final coaches’ poll and No. 24 in the final AP rankings.


This season, the Herd was ranked for seven weeks (Weeks 8-14) in each poll, climbing as high as No. 18 in both. Marshall fell from the polls following a 67-66 overtime loss to Western Kentucky on Nov. 28. Holliday’s team then rebounded to win the C-USA title over Louisiana Tech before winning the Boca Raton Bowl.


The Herd was second among Group of 5 conference teams in the final polls, trailing only No. 16 Boise State (12-2) in both polls. The Mountain West Conference champion won the Fiesta Bowl over Arizona.


Marshall is the fifth C-USA team to finish in a final poll since the league’s 2005 realignment brought the Herd into the fold. The other C-USA ranked teams in final polls in the last 10 seasons were UCF and Tulsa (2010) and Houston and Southern Miss (2011).

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