Written by Aaron-Michael Fox.

Marshall head football coach Charles Huff will not have much to criticize about his team after their season opener Saturday against Norfolk State. It was total domination from the start of the game on for Huff’s Herd as they steamrolled the NSU Spartans 55-3 at Joan C. Edwards Stadium.

As the score would indicate, the Thundering Herd offense was firing on all cylinders Saturday, but it was perhaps the defense that was the star of the game, preventing NSU from even crossing into Marshall territory until the waning minutes of the 3rd quarter.

As Marshall football alum Doug Chapman put it in his in-game commentary, you want your team to look how it should look when you’re playing a tune-up game and the Herd—for the most part—looked exactly as Coach Huff and staff likely imagined it. Now all of Herd Nation is wondering if the scheme will work next Saturday at 5th-ranked Notre Dame.

The Thundering Herd will now begin a long series of road games starting in South Bend, Indiana against the No. 5 Notre Dame Fighting Irish. They return to Huntington on October 1 to host Gardner-Webb.

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