2014 Conference USA Football Championship Game

The 2014 Conference USA Football Championship Game, held on December 6 of that year at Joan C. Edwards Stadium in Huntington, West Virginia, determined the 2014 football champion of Conference USA (C-USA), on December 6. The game featured the Marshall Thundering Herd, winners of the conference's East Division, hosting the West Division champion Louisiana Tech Bulldogs.

2014 Conference USA Football Championship Game
Conference Championship
2014 Conference USA Football Championship.jpg
1234 Total
Louisiana Tech 10760 23
Marshall 013310 26
DateDecember 6, 2014
Season2014
StadiumJoan C. Edwards Stadium
LocationHuntington, WV
MVPK Justin Haig (Marshall)
Attendance23,711
United States TV coverage
NetworkESPN2
AnnouncersBeth Mowins, Joey Galloway, and Paul Carcaterra
Conference USA Football Championship Game
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2014 Conference USA football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
East Division
No. 23 Marshall x$   7 1         13 1  
Middle Tennessee   5 3         6 6  
Western Kentucky   4 4         8 5  
UAB   4 4         6 6  
Old Dominion*   4 4         6 6  
FIU   3 5         4 8  
Florida Atlantic   2 6         3 9  
West Division
Louisiana Tech x   7 1         9 5  
Rice   5 3         8 5  
UTEP   5 3         7 6  
UTSA   3 5         4 8  
North Texas   2 6         4 8  
Southern Miss   1 7         3 9  
Championship: Marshall 26, Louisiana Tech 23
  • $ – Conference champion
  • x – Division champion/co-champions
  • * Ineligible for postseason bowl due to transition from FCS
As of 22:24, 20 December 2014 (UTC); Rankings from AP Poll

Under C-USA rules, the championship game would be played at the home stadium of the team with the best record in conference play.

HistoryEdit

In the 2013 Championship Game Rice defeated Marshall, 41-24 in Houston, Texas.[1]

After the 2014 Conference USA realignment, C-USA added two new members[2] for the 2014 season after losing three members, including East Carolina, to the American Athletic Conference.[3][4]

After the 2014 season, this was the tenth C-USA championship game, and was played in West Virginia for the first time.

TeamsEdit

West Division ChampionsEdit

Louisiana Tech entered the championship game with a record of 8–4 and went 6–0 in conference play until November 22, 2014, against newcomers Old Dominion Monarchs. The loss to the Monarchs brought Rice back to compete for the division title. Louisiana Tech defeated Rice in their last regular season game, which brought the Bulldogs to their first conference championship game in program history.

East Division ChampionsEdit

Marshall entered the championship game with a record of 11–1 after winning all non-conference games and all of their conference games except for conference foe Western Kentucky. Marshall trailed Middle Tennessee in the East Division standings, until they faced on October 15, 2014. Marshall defeated the Blue Raiders 49–24, moving the Thundering Herd to the top of the division. Marshall continued to storm through the rest of their schedule and was crowned East Division Champs after defeating defending champions, Rice on November 15, 2014 in Huntington.

This was Marshall's second appearance in the Conference USA Championship series in back–to–back years. Marshall hosted the championship game in Huntington, WV on December 6, 2014, marking the first time the Conference USA Championship was played in Huntington.

Scoring summaryEdit

Quarter Time Drive Team Scoring Information[5] Score
Length Time LaTech Marshall
1 7:54 11 plays, 58 yards 5:29 LaTech Jonathan Barnes 26–yard kick good 3 0
1 2:53 1 play, 33 yards 0:07 LaTech Kenneth Dixon 33–yard rush, Jonathan Barnes kick good 10 0
2 14:57 7 plays, 75 yards 2:56 Marshall Deon-Tay McManus 6–yard reception from Rakeem Cato, Justin Haig kick good 10 7
2 7:41 4 plays, 40 yards 0:52 LaTech Kenneth Dixon 30–yard rush, Jonathan Barnes kick good 17 7
2 3:52 5 plays, 11 yards 0:35 Marshall Justin Haig 40–yard kick good 17 10
2 0:00 3 plays, 40 yards 0:19 Marshall Justin Haig 46–yard kick good 17 13
3 10:26 10 plays, 42 yards 2:58 Marshall Justin Haig 40–yard kick good 17 16
3 0:18 1 play, 19 yards 0:09 LaTech Kenneth Dixon 19–yard rush, Jonathan Barnes kick failed 23 16
4 8:34 5 plays, 25 yards 1:34 Marshall Justin Haig 24–yard kick good 23 19
4 1:50 11 plays, 68 yards 3:11 Marshall Deon-Tay McManus 5–yard reception from Rakeem Cato, Justin Haig kick good 23 26
Final Score 23 26

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Marshall Thundering Herd vs. Rice Owls". ESPN. 2013-12-07. Retrieved 2014-11-16.
  2. ^ Associated Press (May 4, 2012). "Conference USA adds 5 schools". ESPN. Retrieved November 16, 2014.
  3. ^ "East Carolina Joins BIG EAST as Football Member" (Press release). Big East Conference. November 27, 2012. Archived from the original on November 30, 2012. Retrieved November 16, 2014.
  4. ^ Brett McMurphy (April 4, 2013). "Old Big East now American Athletic". ESPN. Retrieved December 7, 2013.
  5. ^ "Louisiana Tech Bulldogs vs. Marshall Thundering Herd". ESPN. 2014-12-06. Retrieved 2014-12-06.