Marshall football to face Boise State on blue turf


Richard Crank

Marshall vs VMI football game – August 31st.

The Marshall Thundering Herd looks to improve to 2-0 as they take on the Boise State Broncos Friday at Albertson Stadium in Idaho. 

Both teams opened their seasons with wins as the Herd secured a win over VMI and the Broncos rallied from behind in the second half to defeat ACC opponent Florida State. 

“It’s obvious that Boise is an excellent team,” Head Football Coach Doc Holliday said. “They have eight starters back on offense and a freshman quarterback that I thought did an excellent job against Florida State with his poise and toughness.”

Marshall and Boise State are traditionally recognized for being top teams who can knock off difficult opponents.  

 “This game is a really good measuring stick to see where we are,” redshirt senior center Levi Brown said. “Boise State has been really good in the group of five conferences for so long and finishes ranked a lot of years.”

The Broncos were down at halftime 31- 19 but turned it around in the second half as freshman quarterback Hank Bachmeier ended his night with 30 completions on 51 attempts and threw for a touchdown in a 36-31 win.

“We treat every team the same,” senior wide receiver Artie Henry said. “We prepare the same and do not make each game too big or too small.”

Marshall also started off slow on offense last week,  but found its groove in the second quarter. Redshirt sophomore quarterback Isaiah Green had an impressive outing as well as he completed 18 of 28 passes for 238-yards and tossed four touchdowns in only three quarters of action but is already focused on next week.

“This is what we all dream of since we were kids,” said Green. “Everyone wants to play on ESPN on a Friday night being the only game on TV so it is a big opportunity for us and we are going to make the most of it.”

This will be the second ever matchup between Marshall and Boise State. The last time the two teams faced off was in 1994 when The Broncos defeated the Herd 28-24.

Marshall heads to the Albertson Stadium at Boise State next Friday, Sept 6th. 9 p.m. EST.

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