Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders football

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Middle Tennessee
Blue Raiders
2014 Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders football team
Middle Tennessee MT Wordmark.png
First season 1911
Athletic director Chris Massaro
Head coach Rick Stockstill
9th year, 57–55 (.509)
Home stadium Johnny "Red" Floyd Stadium
Stadium capacity 31,000
Stadium surface Sportexe PowerBlade turf
Location Murfreesboro, Tennessee
League NCAA Division I (FBS)
Conference C-USA
Division East
All-time record 500–358–28 (.580)
Postseason bowl record 2–4 (.333)
Colors

Royal Blue and White

          
Fight song MTSU Fight Song
Mascot Lightning
Marching band Band of Blue
Rivals Troy
Western Kentucky
North Texas
Website GoBlueRaiders.com

The Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders football team represents Middle Tennessee State University in NCAA Division I FBS football competition. The Blue Raiders are members of Conference USA and play their home games at Johnny "Red" Floyd Stadium in Murfreesboro, Tennessee.

Rick Stockstill is the head coach of the team.

Nickname[edit]

The nickname of the Middle Tennessee athletic teams is the Blue Raiders. Female teams were long known as the Lady Raiders, but adopted the Blue Raiders name in 2007. The nickname's origin goes back to a 1934 newspaper contest. An MT football player, Charles Sarver, won $5 from Murfreesboro's The Daily News Journal with his winning entry "Blue Raiders", which he later admitted borrowing from Colgate University, whose teams were known as "Raiders" at the time. No official nickname existed prior to 1934, when teams were called "Normalites", "Teachers", and "Pedagogues".[1]

Colors and mascot[edit]

MT is represented by the colors white and royal blue, described as PMS 301 by the university.[2]

Lightning is the mascot of both the Middle Tennessee men and women's sports teams.[1]

Bowl games[edit]

MT appeared twice in the Tangerine Bowl (now the Capital One Bowl). The first game, played January 1, 1960, against Presbyterian College, resulted in a 21-12 win. The second game, against Lamar University on December 29, 1961, was a 21-14 loss.

The Blue Raiders were invited to the Motor City Bowl in 2006 after a shared conference title with Troy University. Troy had won the conference with a tie-breaker, but MT was invited due to the Big Ten having two teams in the Bowl Championship Series (BCS) and thus being unable to fulfill their bowl contract for the Motor City Bowl. MT played Central Michigan University in the game and were defeated 31-14.

MT finished the 2009 regular season with a 9-3 record and was invited to play in the R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl on December 20, 2009. The team played against the University of Southern Mississippi, defeating them 42-32. This was MT's second bowl game since joining the FBS. Quarterback Dwight Dasher was named as the game's MVP after rushing and passing for two touchdowns each.[3]

MT was defeated in the 2011 GoDaddy.com Bowl in Mobile, Alabama by the Miami University RedHawks.

Season Date Bowl W/L Opponent PF PA Coach Notes
1959 January 1, 1960 Tangerine Bowl W Presbyterian 21 12 Charles M. Murphy notes
1961 December 29, 1961 Tangerine Bowl L Lamar 14 21 Charles M. Murphy notes
2006 December 26, 2006 Motor City Bowl L Central Michigan 14 31 Rick Stockstill notes
2009 December 20, 2009 New Orleans Bowl W Southern Miss 42 32 Rick Stockstill notes
2010 January 6, 2011 GoDaddy.com Bowl L Miami (OH) 21 35 Rick Stockstill notes
2013 December 30, 2013 Armed Forces Bowl L Navy 6 24 Rick Stockstill notes
Total 6 bowl games 2–4 118 155

All-time record vs. CUSA teams[edit]

Official record (including any NCAA imposed vacates and forfeits) against all current CUSA opponents as of the 2014 season:

Opponent Won Lost Tied Percentage Streak First Last
Charlotte (joining in 2015) 0 0 0 - - -
Florida Atlantic 9 3 0 .750 Won 7 2003 2014
FIU 6 4 0 .600 Lost 1 2005 2014
Louisiana Tech 1 3 0 .250 Won 1 1984 2000
Marshall 1 3 0 .250 Lost 1 1992 2014
North Texas 5 8 0 .385 Lost 1 2001 2013
Old Dominion 1 0 0 1.000 Won 1 2014 2014
Rice 0 0 0 - - -
Southern Miss 3 0 0 1.000 Won 3 2009 2014
UAB 3 2 0 .600 Won 2 1995 2014
UTEP 1 1 0 .500 Lost 1 2013 2014
UTSA 0 0 0 - - -
Western Kentucky 33 29 1 .532 Won 2 1914 2014
Totals 63 53 1 .543

Future non-conference opponents[edit]

2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020
vs Vanderbilt vs Ball State vs Vanderbilt at Vanderbilt vs Duke at Duke
at Ball State at Vanderbilt at Minnesota at Bowling Green
at Illinois at Bowling Green vs Bowling Green
at Alabama

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Stone, India (June 20, 2003). "The Heritage of Champions". GoBlueRaiders.com. Retrieved January 8, 2010. 
  2. ^ Staff (August 1, 2008). "Blue Raider Logos". GoBlueRaiders.com. Retrieved January 8, 2010. 
  3. ^ Staff (December 20, 2009). "Blue Raiders power past Southern Miss to win New Orleans Bowl Championship, 42-32". GoBlueRaiders.com. Retrieved January 8, 2010. 
  4. ^ "Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders Football Schedules and Future Schedules". fbschedules.com. Retrieved 2012-02-20. 

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