Marshall–Western Kentucky football rivalry

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Marshall–Western Kentucky football rivalry
Marshall Thundering Herd logo.svg
Marshall Thundering Herd
WKU Hilltoppers wordmark.png
Western Kentucky Hilltoppers
First meetingOctober 18, 1941
Marshall 34, Western Kentucky 7
Latest meetingNovember 11, 2017
Marshall 30, Western Kentucky 23
Next meeting2018
Meetings total9
All-time seriesMarshall leads, 5–4
Largest victoryWestern Kentucky, 60–6 (2016)
Current win streakMarshall, 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.[1][2] 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.

Game results[edit]

Marshall victoriesWestern 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

Notable games[edit]

2014: CUSA Conference debut[edit]

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.


  1. "How The Moonshine Throwdown Became A Premier Rivalry In Conference USA". SBNation. Retrieved June 22, 2017.
  2. "Ranking the Rivalries in Conference USA". Underdog Dynasty. Retrieved June 22, 2017.

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