Former Alabama Staffer Pulls Upset Against Top 10 Program
Former Alabama staffer Charles Huff led the Marshall Thundering Herd to a victory against the No. 8 Notre Dame Fighting Irish 26-21 in South Bend, Ind., on Saturday afternoon.
Marshall got on the board first with a four-yard run by running back Khalan Laborn but only recorded six points due to a missed extra point. Notre Dame answered with three minutes left in the half with a one-yard touchdown by running back Tyler Buchner and took the lead with a good extra point 7-6.
The Thundering Herd kicked two field goals, a 21-yard one with 15 seconds until halftime and a 20-yard one with 3:54 to go in the third quarter, leading 12-7.
Notre Dame retook the lead at the beginning of the fourth quarter 15-12 with a Buchner one-yard rushing touchdown and two-point conversion, but a touchdown and pick-six on back-to-back possessions down the stretch sealed the victory for the green and white.
The Fighting Irish went on to score one more touchdown with 14 seconds left in the game.
Notre Dame only led twice, 7-6 in the second quarter and 15-12 in the third quarter.
According to sports business reporter for Action Network HQ Darren Rovell, Notre Dame paid Marshall $1.25 million to travel and play the Fighting Irish this season.
Huff spent two seasons with the Crimson Tide as the associate head coach and running backs coach from 2019-20, where he coached players like Najee Harris and Brian Robinson Jr.
He was hired by Marshall in January of 2021 and currently has a 9-6 overall coaching record.
Marshall is a perfect 2-0 on the season thus far, while Notre Dame is still searching for its first win.