Marshall wins the game against Xavier University. Jack (Matthew McConaughey) gives the ball to who he considers to be the MVP and gives it to Dedmon. Red (Matthew Fox) leaves the team at the end of the year and is never involved with football ever again. Jack leaves the team some time later and becomes coach at a Naval Academy. Marshall's victory against Xavier is one of the few games they win in the 1971 season but the team improves in the following decades. Ruffin dies in 2001. Gene Morehouse's son also becomes an announcer of Marshall games. Footage of past games is shown at the end. Annie decides to move to California without her boyfriend, Chris, who died in the plane crash. Paul Griffin sells his steel company and ends up doing tours of the 'Young Thundering Herd's locker rooms and the coach's office.