HUNTINGTON, W.Va. — Marshall University fans across the country will be cheering when the Thundering Herd takes the field against Rice Saturday in Houston, Texas to play for the Conference USA Championship.

As a show of support, fans are being asked to shout the well-known “We Are…Marshall” chant, wherever they are, starting with the 12 p.m. EST kickoff and again every time Marshall scores.

“Our football team loves and responds to its fans,” said Verna Gibson, former Marshall University Board of Governors chair, in a statement.  Like many Marshall fans, she said she is disappointed the Thundering Herd is not playing the championship game in Huntington.

“If every Herd fan, exactly at certain times, was yelling, ‘We Are…Marshall’ all over the world, and the team knew it, I believe they would hear us in their hearts,” said Gibson.

The game will be televised on ESPN2 and Marshall alumni clubs are planning game-watching parties in many areas.

Marshall (9-3) won the C-USA East Division Championship at Joan C. Edwards Stadium in Huntington last week with a 59-28 win over East Carolina.  Saturday will mark the first time the Thundering Herd has played in a conference championship game since Marshall beat Toledo to win the MAC title in 2002.

Marshall was the winner against Rice in Houston, during a regular season game, last year.

“This is down to one game now,” said Doc Holliday, Marshall head coach, earlier this week.  “It’s a one game deal and I know our guys are excited.  We have to have a great week of preparation and I expect our guys to go and play extremely well.  I believe they will.”

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  • Kelly

    Pulling for Doc......,wish he was in Morgantown.

  • Martinsburg Resident

    I'm a WVU fan (Marshall Grad).... & would love to see Marshall win the conference and their bowl game... Contrary to some of the ignorant posters, you can root for BOTH in-state universities. Go Herd and Let's Go Mountaineers! It's a Great day to be a West Virginian, wherever you may be!

  • Josh

    Marshall officials ask fans to cheer for team during game? It must be a crazy-slow news day.

  • thornton

    Will there be a contest at half-time for center court basket attempts?

  • Jephre

    What time's the Huntington - Martinsburg game?

    • Guardian

      A "game" indicates some level of competitiveness. This match up doesn't promise much of that. Getting to be a habit - Martinsburg wins again.

  • Guitardeek

    Another WVU (and Marshall) alumni rooting for you. I'm a Mountaineer fan first, but would also like to see the Herd win this one. Bring it home to WV!

  • Big Dave

    WVU almuni here and I will be rooting for Marshall.

    • Guardian

      Same here. And I'm like you . . . go Herd!

  • shawn

    Not the best article i've read on here.

  • NOheDIDnt

    If a tree falls in the woods and there is no one around to hear it... Does it actually make a sound?

    Go Herd!

    • Jason

      Well. Since you asked. That isn't a fair question, it isn't apples to apples. Sound is our brains interpretation if the sound waves that are created by the tree falling. So there would be sound waves created by the tree, but there has to be an organism with a brain interpreting the sound waves to actually have a "sound" from the perspective of the organism.