We Are Marshall

Factual error: During the Marshall-Xavier game the announcer refers to Xavier as the "Pirates", but Xavier's nickname is and was "Musketeers".

logan crews

Factual error: The movie takes place in 1970. When the funeral auto processions meet, there is a train crossing over the road in the background. One freight car is Conrail, which was formed in 1976, and another is CSX, formed in 1986.

Factual error: When Ruffin and his teammate come out of the movie theater upon hearing the news of the crash, the fire trucks are heading east on the street. The airport was west of Huntington.


Factual error: When the president is calling all of the coaches, there is a list of coach names and phone numbers. Until recently, three digit area codes always used a 1 or 0 in the middle. (ie. 305) On the list, which is supposed to be from the 1970s, the area codes are in the new format not using 1's or 0's in middle (i.e. 336). Area code 910 is also on the list, but it didn't exist then as a voice line, only for telex communications.

Factual error: In one of the game scenes a fumble is recovered and advanced by Marshall's competition. It wasn't until 1990 that the NCAA allowed a defense to advance a fumble recovery, until then it was a dead ball at point of recovery.

Factual error: The football field is the modern turf grass that is well manicured with the light and dark grass. In the early 70's the grass would have been one color and torn up more.

Factual error: During the Marshall-Xavier game the announcer refers to Xavier as the "Pirates", but Xavier's nickname is and was "Musketeers".

logan crews

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Jack Lengyel: One day, not today, not tomorrow, not this season, probably not next season either but one day, you and I are gonna wake up and suddenly we're gonna be like every other team in every other sport where winning is everything and nothing else matters. And when that day comes, well that's, that's when we'll honor them.

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Question: Did the Morehead state game against Marshall in 1971 happen as shown in the movie? How did Morehead state score their touchdowns in the actual game?

Answer: According to Wikipedia: "For the season opener, the team visited the Morehead State Eagles for the I-64 Rivalry. Despite losing 29-6, the [Thundering] Herd (Marshall's team nickname) managed to score late in the game with Reggie Oliver's touchdown pass to Tom Smyth, prompting a standing ovation from the crowd." I have been unable to find a play-by-play account of the Morehead State touchdowns.

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