by MizzMatt - 4/21/11 on Twitter @mizzou_matt_j
Columbia, MO- The tradition. The pageantry. The legacy. The glories and triumphs. The letdowns and heartaches. It all had to start somewhere, and it all started here at Mizzou. The late Chester Brewer (namesake for Brewer Fieldhouse) said two words to Mizzou alumni and faithful, and those two words have turned into one of the greatest traditions in all of college football. "Come home." Swap the order of those two words, and you have the tradition of Homecoming.
Many schools claim to have the oldest Homecoming tradition, but the game show Jeopardy!, the board game Trivial Pursuit and even the National Collegiate Athletics Association (the NCAA) have confirmed that Missouri's Homecoming tradition is the oldest. Like the limestone block 'M' on the North Hill at Faurot Field, it has become a "Tradition set in stone."
|First Homecoming game, vs Kansas, 1911 (3-3 tie)|
To add to Mizzou's impressive resume of records for Homecoming, Tiger fans packed onto the David R. Francis Quadrangle for ESPN's College GameDay show that has become as much a part of college football game days as Homecoming.
The former record belonged to the University of Nebraska, of over 15,500; and Mizzou shattered that record with over 18,000 in attendance around the historic Columns.
Since that first Homecoming the Tigers have gone a very impressive 57-37-5 in their Homecoming events, including a 58-0 shutout of Colorado in 2008, and of course, the most memorable of them all- a 36-27 win over BCS #1 Oklahoma on October 23, 2010.
Over the years, there has been many memories made, many dreams come true, and even some dreams shattered at Homecoming, such as the 2009 game against Texas. This year, on October 15, 2011, the Tigers are slated to face off against the Cyclones of Iowa State for the 100th birthday of NCAA Homecoming. Get your tickets* now, and join in our history, our tradition, our passion.
*For ticket information, visit http://www.mutigers.com/sports/m-footbl/spec-rel/11-footbl-ticket-info.html