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History repeating itself for Thundering Herd and bowl game future

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Thanks to UAB's 38-31 win on Saturday, the Thundering Herd now needs to win its final two games of the season in order to become bowl eligible.

The Herd is in familiar territory.

Last year on November 13, 2011, Marshall had the same record (4-6) and came off a bad loss (Tulsa, 59-17) while heading into the final two weeks of the season.

Marshall then needed to win its final two games of the year to reach a bowl game.

In the Herd's first game, Marshall edged out Memphis 23-20, and then pulled out an impressive overtime victory at home defeating East Carolina, 34-27.

With those two huge wins, Marshall punched its ticked to play in a bowl game.

They eventually beat FIU in the Beef 'O' Brady's Bowl in St. Petersburg, FL a few weeks later.

Fast forward 365 days later.

The Herd has the same record and is facing the same fate.

Marshall must win its final two games of the season to become bowl eligible.

Marshall hosts Houston (4-6, 3-3) this Saturday, and then travels to East Carolina for a special Friday afternoon (2 p.m.) game next week (11/23).

Last season's experience of overcoming this type of adversity should help the green and white rattle off two straight wins, and head back a bowl game for the second consecutive season.