No. 22 Marshall schedules Nov. 7 game with Massachusetts

Marshall running back Brenden Knox (20) is tacked by Central Florida defensive lineman Brendon Hayes (6) after a short gain during the Gasparilla Bowl NCAA college football game Monday, Dec. 23, 2019, in Tampa, Fla. (Octavio Jones/Tampa Bay Times via AP)

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — No. 22 Marshall has scheduled a Nov. 7 home football game against Massachusetts, athletic director Mike Hamrick said Monday.

Unbeaten Marshall (4-0, 2-0 Conference USA) had three other games called off this season due to the coronavirus pandemic.

“With so much uncertainty this season, we’re just trying to give our fan base as many opportunities as possible to see the Thundering Herd,” Hamrick said.

UMass, an FBS independent, lost its season opener 41-0 Saturday at Georgia Southern.

The Minutemen announced the cancellation of their 2020 football season on Aug. 11 due to concerns surrounding the pandemic but later reversed course. On Sept. 21 the school said it would play a limited number of games to be announced as they are scheduled.

Marshall beat UMass 49-20 in their only other previous meeting in 2001 when the Minutemen competed in the Championship Subdivision Atlantic 10.