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The 1998 MAC Championship Game was the second conference championship game of the Mid-American Conference, and was played on December 4, 1998, at Marshall Stadium in Huntington, West Virginia. The game featured a rematch of the 1997 game, between the East Division's Marshall Thundering Herd, and the West Division's Toledo Rockets. Marshall was heavily favored to win the game.[1] Marshall defeated Toledo to claim their second consecutive conference title by a score of 23–17.[2][3] During the game, Marshall starting quarterback Chad Pennington was hurt, and was replaced by Byron Leftwich.[4]

1998 MAC Championship Game
Conference Championship
1234 Total
Toledo 70010 17
Marshall 60017 23
DateDecember 4, 1998
Season1998
StadiumMarshall Stadium
LocationHuntington, West Virginia
MVPQB Chad Pennington (Marshall)
Attendance28,085
United States TV coverage
NetworkESPN2
MAC Championship Game
 < 1997  1999
1998 Mid-American Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
East Division
Marshall xy$   7 1         12 1  
Miami x   7 1         10 1  
Bowling Green   5 3         5 6  
Ohio   5 3         5 6  
Akron   3 6         4 7  
Kent State   0 8         0 11  
West Division
Toledo x   6 2         7 5  
Western Michigan   5 3         7 4  
Central Michigan   5 3         6 5  
Eastern Michigan   3 6         3 8  
Northern Illinois   2 6         2 9  
Ball State   1 7         1 10  
Championship: Marshall 23, Toledo 17
  • $ – Conference champion
  • x – Division champion/co-champions
  • y – Championship game participant

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Schmadtke, Alan (1999-10-14). "Toledo At Marshall". Orlando Sentinel. Retrieved 2012-11-05.
  2. ^ "1998 Mid-American Conference Schedule and Results". Sports-Reference.com. Retrieved 2012-11-05.
  3. ^ "NCAA Football – Marshall vs. Toledo". USA Today. 2001-11-30. Retrieved 2012-11-05.
  4. ^ Stephens, Tim. "Armed & Ready". Huntington Quarterly. Retrieved 2012-11-05.