Herd announces series with Appalachian State

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Shannon Stowers

The 2015 Marshall University football team starts drills during its first spring practice Tuesday at the Joan C. Edwards Stadium.

Marshall University will once again play the Mountaineers, but not the musket-wielding Mountaineers from Morgantown.

Marshall Athletic Director Mike Hamrick announced Wednesday the Thundering Herd will play a two-game series with Appalachian State. The Herd will travel to Boone, North Carolina in 2021 and host the Mountaineers in 2022.

The series rekindles a rivalry dating back to Marshall’s days in the Southern Conference. The two teams have met 22 times and the Herd has won eight of those games, including a 50-17 win in their last contest, the 2002 season opener.

Hamrick pointed to Appalachian State’s tradition and proximity as reasons why the Herd wanted to get the Mountaineers on its schedule.

“It is great to get Appalachian State back onto our schedule and with that, we can give our fans another drivable road game,” Hamrick said in a release. “Appalachian [State] has a wonderful tradition and is already one of the top teams in the Sun Belt Conference.”

The Mountaineers are picked by most experts to win the Sun Belt Conference this season, just its second in the conference and the Football Bowl Subdivision.

Appalachian State has had only two losing seasons in the last 30 years and won three Football Championship Subdivision national titles in a row from 2005-07.