HUNTINGTON, West Virginia (Ticker) -- If it's the first weekend of December, it must mean that Marshall is playing in the Mid-American Conference championship game.
Led by quarterback Byron Leftwich, the Thundering Herd will make their sixth straight appearance in the MAC title game Saturday when they host Toledo in a rematch of last year's contest.
Marshall (9-2), which already has accepted a bid to play Louisville in the GMAC Bowl, will be out for revenge as the Rockets ended the Thundering Herd's four-year reign as league champions with a 41-36 victory last season.
However, that game was played in Ohio. Saturday's contest is in Marshall's backyard, where the Thundering Herd won their fourth straight league crowns from 1997-2000.
Marshall and Toledo are no strangers to each other as they are meeting for the fourth time in the six-year history of the MAC championship game. The Thundering Herd beat the Rockets in the 1997 and 1998 title games, while the teams split regular season contests in 1999 and 2000. They did not face each other this year.
In last year's meeting, Chester Taylor rushed for 188 yards as the Rockets rallied from a 23-0 deficit to earn their first MAC title since 1995.
The Thundering Herd tuned up for Saturday's game by beating Ball State, 38-14, last week. Leftwich completed 35-of-42 passes for 401 yards - his fourth 400-yard game of the season - to become the MAC's all-time leader in total offense.
Leftwich raised his career offense total to 11,408, surpassing the previous mark of 11,081 set by Western Michigan's Tim Lester from 1996-99. This season, the Heisman Trophy candidate has passed for 3,615 yards and 22 touchdowns.
Toledo (9-3) clinched the West Divison title last week with a 42-24 victory over Bowling Green. Brian Jones passed for three touchdowns and Trinity Dawson scored three times for the Rockets, who rallied from a 24-14 deficit.
After the game, Toledo accepted a bid to the Motor City Bowl against an opponent to be determined.
While receiving considerably less attention that Leftwich, Jones leads the nation in completion percentage at 71.4 and is second behind Iowa's Brad Banks in passing efficiency (158.2). He has completed 247-of-346 passes for 2,894 yards and 21 TDs.