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Marshall takes on Tulsa Thursday night, the 43rd anniversary of the 1970 plane crash that claimed the lives of …

Thursday is the 43rd anniversary of the 1970 plane crash that claimed the lives of 75 Marshall University football players, coaches and staff members. For the first time, Marshall will play a road football game on the anniversary of that date when the Thundering Herd travel to Oklahoma to take on Tulsa.

In honor of those who lost their lives, the Thundering Herd will wear special helmets with a “75” decal on the left side for the game.

“It’s the right thing to do,” Marshall Athletic Director Mike Hamrick said. “The nation is certainly familiar with our Marshall story, the tragic crash, the loss of life. It’s a large part of our fabric.

“We will never forget those 75 players, coaches, staffers and devoted supporters at Marshall, but we wanted to remind as many people everywhere we could of the roots of the emotion and devotion with which our student-athletes compete.”

Coach Doc Holliday told his players of the tribute on Sunday.

“Our kids will be a proud bunch with that 75 on their helmets,” Holliday said. “They all understand the history and the tradition of the program, the sadness, the emotion, the coming back from that to win championships… what it’s all about. And they’ll be reminded of it before the game and just what that 75 means. But they don’t need reminding.”

Marshall (6-3, 4-1 Conference USA) is coming off two dominating victories over Southern Miss and UAB in which the Thundering Herd offense put up a combined 117 points. Tulsa, on the other hand, are 2-7 and have lost three straight.

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