We Are Marshall

We Are Marshall (2006)

6 factual errors - chronological order

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

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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.

Continuity mistake: In the game against Xavier, on the final play in which Reggie Oliver throws the dramatic, game-winning TD pass, the defensive lineman hits him just as he releases the ball. In the shot when he releases it, the pass is wobbling badly out of his hand, in fact, it appears to be end-over-end. When it's flying through the air, it's a perfect spiral.

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Nate Ruffin: Coach, that... was my team. They left it in my hands.
Jack Lengyel: No... no, they did not. They just left.

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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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