The home and home series will renew the rivalry the two schools shared while Marshall was a member of the MAC from 1953-69 and 1997-2005. Marshall and Bowling Green have met 27 times on the gridiron and the Falcons own a 20-7 record in the series that dates back to 1954. Marshall won four out of the last six meetings between the two schools after Marshall re-joined the MAC in 1997. The Falcons took a 56-35 in the last game played between the two on November 13, 2004 at Bowling Green, but the Herd won the last game in Huntington, 37-31. Marshall is 5-8 versus the Falcons in Huntington all-time, losing the first seven in a row between 1955 and 1967.
Two of the great wins in Marshall history, however, came in 1969 and 1971. The Herd broke a 27-game non-winning streak in 1969 (0-26-1, back to 1966) with a 21-16 win over Don Nehlen's Falcons. Then in 1971, the "Young" Thundering Herd won over BGSU 12-10 on Homecoming as Dave Walsh scored the winning touchdown and the Falcons missed a late field goal. The loss was the first of three straight that cost Bowling Green a bowl berth, on a day where BG brought grass shoes for the new Astroturf at Fairfield Stadium and heavy warp-knit jerseys that they were roasting in on a hot 80-degree October day. Marshall would also shutout BGSU on Homecoming in 1997, 28-0, and go on to win the MAC in the first season in D-I football and play in the Motor City Bowl.
The addition of Bowling Green gives Marshall three non-conference games for 2009 and completes the 2010 non-conference schedule. Marshall's future non-conference schedules through 2011 are below. Home games are in bold.
2009: Sept. 12 at Virginia Tech
Sept. 26 vs. Bowling Green
Oct. 3 West Virginia* *- game in Huntington or Morgantown. Winner of two of the first three games in series gets home game in 2009.
2010: Sept. 4 at Ohio State
Sept. 11 vs. West Virginia
Sept. 18 at Bowling Green
Sept. 25 vs. Ohio
2011: Sept. 3 at West Virginia
Sept. 10 vs. Miami (Fla.)
Sept. 17 at Ohio
Sept. 24 vs. Virginia Tech
All-Time MU-BGSU Series (MU wins in bold)
Nov. 6, 1954 MC-26 BG-19 at BG
Oct. 29, 1955 MC-26 BG-27 at Htgn.
Oct. 27, 1956 MC-12 BG-34 at BG
Nov. 16, 1957 MC-7 BG-14 at Htgn.
Nov. 15, 1958 MC-7 BG-21 at BG
Sept. 26, 1959 MC-7 BG-51 at Htgn.
Sept. 24, 1960 MC-7 BG-14 at BG
Sept. 23, 1961 MU-0 BG-40 at Htgn.
Sept. 22, 1962 MU-6 BG-48 at BG
Nov. 9, 1963 MU-14 BG-21 at Htgn.
Nov. 6, 1964 MU-0 BG-28 at BG
Nov. 6, 1965 MU-7 BG-20 at Htgn.
Nov. 5, 1966 MU-6 BG-14 at BG
Nov. 4, 1967 MU-7 BG-9 at Htgn.
Nov. 2, 1968 MU-28 BG-54 at BG
Nov. 1, 1969 MU-21 BG-16 at Htgn.*
Oct. 30, 1970 MU-24 BG-26 at BG*
Oct. 30, 1971 MU-12 BG-10 at Htgn.*
Oct. 28, 1972 MU-7 BG-46 at BG*
Oct. 27, 1973 MU-21 BG-24 at Htgn.*
Oct. 26, 1974 MU-3 BG-28 at BG*
Nov. 8, 1997 MU-28 BG-0 at Htgn.
Oct. 31, 1998 MU-13 BG-34 at BG
Sept. 18, 1999 MU-35 BG-16 at Htgn.
Nov. 4, 2000 MU-20 BG-13 at BG
Sept. 29, 2001 MU-37 BG-31 at Htgn.
Nov. 13, 2004 MU-35 BG-56 at BG
Sept. 26, 2009 MU-BG at Htgn.*
Sept. 18, 2010 MU-BG at BG*