Players Remember Heated Rivalry with Marshall

In 2003, the Marshal Thundering Herd upset the then No. 6-ranked K-State Wildcats in Manhattan. After the game the players celebrated at midfield on the Powercat logo. Many Wildcat players and Coaches felt that that was disrespectful. Marshall comes to town this Saturday with a history and certain players who witnessed the display have not forgotten.

In 2003, the Marshal Thundering Herd upset the then No. 6-ranked K-State Wildcats in Manhattan. After the game the players celebrated at midfield on the Powercat logo.

Two years later, the Wildcats marched into Huntington, W. Va., and narrowly escaped with a 21-19 victory after Justin McKinney intercepted a pass with only three seconds remaining. The Wildcats celebrated on the buffalo logo at midfield, which sparked a post-game brawl. This weekend will be a rivalry renewed, and not too many players have forgotten about it.


Running back Thomas Clayton when asked what he remembers about the Marshall defense

"They're scrappy guys, but at the same time I don't think they're going to be doing anything that we won't be able to do well against."

When asked if he meant to say scrappy, or mouthy?

"Both, a combination. I mean, they are a competitive team and we expect them to come out really competitive and at the same time be mouthy."

Kicker Jeff Snodgrass on how the rivalry began

"It started with them jumping on our cat head, and the next year we went down there and hopped around on their little buffalo. It will be interesting to see what happens this year."

On whether there will be trash talking during pregame warmups

"I wouldn't be surprised if a couple of the older guys get a little mouthy with them, but that's all part of the football."


Not everybody has been around long enough to know about the rivalry. Coach Ron Prince and others talked about the threat Marshall presents at the Tuesday press conference.

Free safety Andrew Erker on Marshall quarterback Bernard Morris

"Well you have to keep to your keys, you have to be at your landmarks and you can't mess around with him as with any quarterback but there is definitely going to be a lot of film watching and studying of our playbooks."


Prince on Marshall running back Ahmad Bradshaw

"This is a player of tremendous talent. He's a hard-nosed player who has speed and contact balance. He is all the things you would want in a running back. He can catch the ball, he's elusive in space and he can run with power. He is a significant player and I think he'll be one of the better backs we face all year.

This is a young rivalry but one that has meaning for both sides and in talking with players, the Cats would like nothing better then to send the Herd back home without ever taking their dancing choes out of the box.


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