One of the those 10 wins came against a 7-6 Rice team last year in a wacky 54-51, double-overtime affair on a hot, sticky afternoon in a largely empty Rice Stadium. Owls quarterback Taylor McHargue had more than 450 yards total offense and nearly scored the winning touchdown in the final minute of regulation.
"Yeah, it was a crazy game," said defensive end Alex Bazzie. "I remember running there right before overtime, he was running down there getting ready to dive in the end zone and the game could have ended right there. But instead he fell short and it went to overtime."
The last time Marshall finished .500 or better on the road was 2003, when it went 4-3. The last time Marshall has beaten a team that finished with nine or more wins was also 2003, when it upset Kansas State in September. The Wildcats finished 11-2, winning the Big 12 championship.
Saturday, the Herd will face a Rice team with nine wins in the bank, at 9-3. In previous years - the previous decade - this was a certain Herd loss. Now, Marshall is favored by 51/2 points to win a high-stakes game on the road.
But as receiver Tommy Shuler tells it, this week's game is much like the others.
"We're just going to take it as another away game, just like we did in the regular season," he said. "We're going to go out there, prepare hard, work hard. There's a conference championship on it [but] nothing's going to change about it. It's just the same thing, another away game.
"We can't play the bowl game at home, so we might as well start it out here."
The Herd may be boarding a plane this weekend Friday for Houston, but they're feeling more at home in Huntington during the week. A five-game winning streak and East Division championship will make a town happy, that's for sure.
"I've talked to a lot of people, came across a lot of faces, and everybody seems so happy," Bazzie said. "The city, the community just seems so happy, almost like it's Christmas around here. People seem to be in the holiday spirit - it's a great feeling around here."
But that comes with a challenge.
"With that being said, with the great feeling that's also with us players, it's like a little chip on our shoulders," Bazzie said. "The world's on our shoulders right now, because we know we've got to make the community happy, we have to bring back that 'W.' "
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