It was chilly, rainy and overcast as MTSU students, alumni and others gathered for pregame activities Saturday, Oct. 20, for the 2018 Homecoming events.
As skies began clearing and the sun popped out, 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 made for a happy homecoming ending.
Homecoming has been a tradition for decades as Blue Raider alumni, students and fans turn out for the annual chili cook-off, Golden Raiders and Distinguished Alumni celebrations, leading to a full day of Saturday events. “Raidercade,” wordplay on arcade games, served as the homecoming theme.
Senior quarterback Brent Stockstill threw two touchdown passes to wide receiver Ty Lee, and the Blue Raiders’ defense added a score of its own in the victory. At 4-3 overall, the Blue Raiders remain strong 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 Blue perform during the Homecoming Parade, which began at the intersection of East Main and Maney Avenue, traveled 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.
On Friday, Oct. 19, MTSU recognized this year’s Golden Raiders — the Class of 1968, observing the 50th anniversary of their graduations:
MTSU also recognized the 2018-19 Distinguished Alumni in separate events in the MT Center in the Sam Ingram Building.
• Nic Dugger of Nashville, recipient of the Distinguished Alumnus Award.
• Casey Pash of Columbia, South Carolina, recipient of the Young Alumni Achievement Award.
• Frank Michello of Murfreesboro, who received the Achievement in Education Award presented to MTSU faculty members; and Mark Hall of Winston-Salem, North Carolina, recipient of the Achievement in Education Award for non-MTSU educators.
• Tom and Martha Boyd of Lebanon, Tennessee, recipients of the Service to the University Award.
• Whit Turnbow of Murfreesboro, who received the Service to Community Award.
The university also announced winners Friday in the “Paint the Departments Blue” contest: first place went to University College, second place to Housing and Residential Life and third place to Judicial Affairs.
— Randy Weiler (Randy.Weiler@mtsu.edu)