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Notre Dame, Marshall To Meet During 2022 Football Season

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Marshall University will make its first trip to Notre Dame in 2022. (BGI/Bill Panzica)

Marshall University director of athletics Mike Harrick announced today that the Thundering Herd for the first time will play the Fighting Irish on Sept. 10, 2022 in Notre Dame Stadium, a one-game contract.

"Notre Dame is one of the most prestigious programs in all of college football and a trip to South Bend, Indiana, should be on every fan's bucket list," Hamrick said. "Notre Dame is very selective when it comes to football scheduling, but Marshall's national brand, history and passionate fan base made us an appealing addition to their home schedule.

"We look forward to the trip and the opportunity to showcase our football program on national television and in one of the most iconic venues college football has to offer."

A member of Conference USA, Marshall has become the ninth publicly known opponent on Notre Dame’s 2022 slate, or when the current incoming freshman class will be seniors.

The Fighting Irish open that season at Ohio State on Sept. 3, followed by the game against the Thundering Herd. The three yearly mainstays remain with Stanford visiting Notre Dame on Oct. 15, followed by a road trip versus Navy (site to be determined after playing the Midshipmen in Ireland to open 2020), and at USC in the Nov. 26 regular season finale.

The four ACC games that year include hosting superpower Clemson on Nov. 5, and then road outings versus North Carolina and Syracuse, plus Boston College at home.

Three more regular season opponents have to be filled in 2022. With five road games already that season, at least two will be in Notre Dame Stadium.

Marshall University was a member of the Mid-American Conference from 1997-2004 before moving to Conference USA in 2005. Head coach Doc Holliday is entering his 10th season at Marshall this season, just like Brian Kelly at Notre Dame, and owns a 70-46 record. Both he and Kelly were 3-9 in 2016, but like the Irish the Thundering Herd have bounced back with 8-5 and 9-4 records the past two seasons.

Since 2009, Marshall owns a seven-game winning streak in bowl games, including a 38-20 win over head coach Charlie Strong’s South Florida team in last December’s Bad Boy Mowers Gasperilla Bowl.

In 2014, Marshall finished 13-1 and No. 23 in the Associated Press poll, its highest placement since going 13-0 and placing No. 10 in 1999 with quarterback Chad Pennington.

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