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Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders Current season First season 1911 Athletic director Chris Massaro Head coach Rick Stockstill 5th year, 33–30 (.524) Home stadium Johnny "Red" Floyd Stadium Stadium capacity 31,000 Stadium surface Sportexe PowerBlade turf Location Murfreesboro, Tennessee Conference Sun Belt All-time record 500–358–28 (.580) Postseason bowl record 2–2–0 (.500) Colors Royal Blue and White Fight song MTSU Fight Song Mascot Lightning Marching band Band of Blue 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, a member of the Sun Belt Conference, play their home games at Johnny "Red" Floyd Stadium in Murfreesboro, Tennessee.
Rick Stockstill has finished his 5th year as head coach of the Blue Raiders.
The nickname of the Middle Tennessee male athletic teams is the Blue Raiders. Female teams are known as the Lady Raiders. The nickname's origin goes back to a 1934 newspaper contest. An MTSU 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 "Red Raiders" at the time. No official nickname existed prior to 1934, when teams were called "Normalites", "Teachers", and "Pedagogues".
Colors and mascot
MTSU is represented by the colors white and royal blue, described as PMS 301 by the university.
Lightning is the mascot of both the Middle Tennessee men and women's sports teams.
MTSU 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 MTSU 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. MTSU played Central Michigan University in the game and were defeated 31-14.
MTSU 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 MTSU's second bowl game and first bowl win since joining the Division I FBS. Quarterback Dwight Dasher was named as the game's MVP after rushing and passing for two touchdowns each.
MTSU was defeated in the 2011 GoDaddy.com Bowl in Mobile, Alabama by the Miami University RedHawks.
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Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders bowl games1959 Tangerine Bowl • 1961 Tangerine Bowl • 2006 Motor City Bowl • 2009 New Orleans Bowl • 2011 GoDaddy.com Bowl Sun Belt Conference football Current teams
Arkansas State Red Wolves • Florida Atlantic Owls • Florida International Golden Panthers • Louisiana–Lafayette Ragin' Cajuns • Louisiana–Monroe Warhawks • Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders • North Texas Mean Green • Troy Trojans • Western Kentucky Hilltoppers
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