Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders football

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Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders
2016 Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders football team
Middle Tennessee MT Wordmark.png
First season 1911
Athletic director Chris Massaro
Head coach Rick Stockstill
10th year, 57–55 (.509)
Stadium Johnny "Red" Floyd Stadium
Seating capacity 30,788
Field surface Sportexe PowerBlade turf
Location Murfreesboro, Tennessee
NCAA division NCAA Division I (FBS)
Conference C-USA
Division East
All-time record 551–410–28 (.571)
Bowl record 2–4 (.333)
Colors Royal Blue and White[1]
         
Fight song MTSU Fight Song
Mascot Lightning
Marching band Band of Blue
Rivals 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".[2]

Colors and mascot[edit]

MT is represented by the colors white and royal blue, described as PMS 301 by the university.[3]

Lightning is the mascot of both the Middle Tennessee men and women's sports teams.[2]

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.[4]

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
2015 December 24, 2015 Bahamas Bowl L Western Michigan 31 45 Rick Stockstill notes
Total 7 bowl games 2–5 149 200

Division I-AA Playoffs results[edit]

The Blue Raiders have appeared in the I-AA playoffs seven times with a record of 6–7.

Year Round Opponent Result
1984 First Round
Quarterfinals
Semifinals
Eastern Kentucky
Indiana State
Louisiana Tech
W 27–10
W 42–41 3OT
L 13–21
1985 Quarterfinals Georgia Southern L 21–28
1989 First Round
Quarterfinals
Appalachian State
Georgia Southern
W 24–21
L 3–45
1990 First Round
Quarterfinals
Jackson State
Boise State
W 24–21
L 13–28
1991 First Round
Quarterfinals
Sam Houston State
Eastern Kentucky
W 20–19OT
L 13–23
1992 First Round
Quarterfinals
Appalachian State
Marshall
W 35–10
L 21–35
1994 First Round Marshall L 14–49

All-time record vs. CUSA teams[edit]

Official record (including any NCAA imposed vacates and forfeits) against all current CUSA opponents:

Opponent Won Lost Tied Percentage Streak First Last
Charlotte 1 0 0 1.000 Won 1 2015 2015
Florida Atlantic 10 3 0 .769 Won 8 2003 2015
FIU 7 4 0 .636 Won 1 2005 2015
Louisiana Tech 1 4 0 .200 Lost 1 1984 2015
Marshall 2 3 0 .400 Won 1 1992 2015
North Texas 6 8 0 .429 Won 1 2001 2015
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
UTEP 1 1 0 .500 Lost 1 2013 2014
UTSA 1 0 0 1.000 Won 1 2015 2015
Western Kentucky 33 30 1 .523 Lost 1 1914 2015
Totals 66 53 1 .554

Future non-conference opponents[edit]

Announced schedules as of August 26, 2015

2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022 2023
at Missouri vs Vanderbilt at Vanderbilt vs Duke at Duke vs Missouri at Missouri
at Vanderbilt at Minnesota at Bowling Green
at Bowling Green vs Bowling Green
vs Alabama A&M

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References[edit]

  1. ^ MTSU Visual Style Guide and Branding Policy Manual (PDF). 2015-05-01. Retrieved 2016-03-25. 
  2. ^ a b Stone, India (June 20, 2003). "The Heritage of Champions". GoBlueRaiders.com. Retrieved January 8, 2010. 
  3. ^ Staff (August 1, 2008). "Blue Raider Logos". GoBlueRaiders.com. Retrieved January 8, 2010. 
  4. ^ Staff (December 20, 2009). "Blue Raiders power past Southern Miss to win New Orleans Bowl Championship, 42-32". GoBlueRaiders.com. Retrieved January 8, 2010. 
  5. ^ "Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders Football Schedules and Future Schedules". fbschedules.com. Retrieved 2012-02-20. 

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