Marshall–Western Kentucky football rivalry
|First meeting||October 18, 1941|
Marshall 34, Western Kentucky 7
|Latest meeting||November 11, 2017|
Marshall 30, Western Kentucky 23
|All-time series||Marshall leads, 5–4|
|Largest victory||Western Kentucky, 60–6 (2016)|
|Current win streak||Marshall, 1 (2017–present)|
The Marshall–Western Kentucky football rivalry, also known as the Moonshine Throwdown, is an American college football rivalry between the Thundering Herd of the Marshall University and Hilltoppers of Western Kentucky University. The first game between the Thundering Herd and Hilltoppers was played in 1941. With the admission of Western Kentucky as a member of Conference USA (CUSA) in 2014, the rivalry became an annual game between these members of the CUSA East Division.
|Marshall victories||Western Kentucky victories|
|1||October 18, 1941||Huntington, WV||Marshall||34–7|
|2||October 3, 1942||Bowling Green, KY||Western Kentucky||19–13|
|3||October 7, 1950||Bowling Green, KY||Marshall||47–13|
|4||October 6, 1951||Huntington, WV||Marshall||35–21|
|5||September 28, 1996||Huntington, WV||Marshall||37–3|
|6||November 28, 2014||Huntington, WV||Western Kentucky||67–66|
|7||November 27, 2015||Bowling Green, KY||Western Kentucky||49–28|
|8||November 26, 2016||Huntington, WV||Western Kentucky||60–6|
|9||November 11, 2017||Huntington, WV||Marshall||30–23|
|Series: Marshall leads 5–4|
2014: CUSA Conference debut
In their first meeting since 1996, the Thundering Herd were one victory away from going undefeated and was ranked in national polls including the new College Football Playoff rankings. The Hilltoppers were coming into Huntington off a 3-game run, which were all in Bowling Green. This game marked the first conference meeting between the two schools. Western Kentucky upset the Herd by one point in a high offensive battle 67–66 in overtime. The win spoiled the Marshall chances on being selected to a New Year's Six Bowl.
- "How The Moonshine Throwdown Became A Premier Rivalry In Conference USA". SBNation. Retrieved June 22, 2017.
- "Ranking the Rivalries in Conference USA". Underdog Dynasty. Retrieved June 22, 2017.
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