MURFREESBORO, Tenn. —It was chilly, rainy and overcast as MTSUstudents, alumni and others gathered for pregame activities Saturday (Oct. 20) for the 2018 Homecomingevents.
As skies began clearing and the sun popped out, homecoming opponent University of North Carolina-Charlotte dominated in nearly all phases of the football game — except the scoreboard, where it mattered most as the Blue Raiders prevailed 21-13 in Floyd Stadium and make for a happy homecoming ending.
Homecoming has been an autumn tradition for decades as Blue Raider alumni, students and fans turn out for the annual chili cookoff, Golden Raiders and Distinguished Alumni celebrations, leading to Saturday full day of events. “Raidercade,”a play on arcade games, served as the homecoming theme.
Senior Brent Stockstillthrew two touchdown passes to Ty Leeand the Raiders’ defense added a score of its own in the victory. At 4-3 overall, the Blue Raiders remain in the hunt in Conference USA play with a 3-1 record. They visit Old Dominion Oct. 27.
Fans of all ages turned out to watch the firetrucks, floats and Band of Blueperform during the Homecoming Parade, which began at the intersection of East Main and Maney Avenue, stroll down East Main past the President’s Lawn (and the Mixer on Main Parade Watching event) and turn left onto North Baird Lane.
Plenty of tailgating figured into festivities before the game.
Georgette Redmond, a speech-language pathology and audiology major from Memphis, Tennessee, was named homecoming queen. Rakeem Murphy, a computer information systems major from Murfreesboro, was named homecoming king.
Friday (Oct. 19), Golden Raiders(featuring the Class of 1968 and graduates from earlier years) were recognized as well as Distinguished Alumniin separate events in the MT Center in the Sam Ingram Building.
To watch video from the Golden Raiders reception, go online to https://youtu.be/twnTG_toO6o.
Honorees included Nic Dugger(Distinguished Alumnus) of Nashville, Tennessee; Casey Pash(Young Alumni Achievement Award) of Columbia, South Carolina; Frank Michello(Achievement in Education/MTSU faculty) of Murfreesboro; Mark Hall(Achievement in Education non-MTSU) of Winston-Salem, North Carolina; Tomand Martha Boyd(Service to University) of Lebanon, Tennessee; and Whit Turnbow(Service to Community) of Murfreesboro.
Also Friday, winners were announced in the Paint the Departments Blue contest: first place University College, second place Housing and Residential Life and third place Judicial Affairs.
MTSUhas more than 300 combined undergraduate and graduate programs.