This Week in Blue Raider FB: MT knocks off Memphis and Miami
Coach Frank Faulkinberry leads Raiders to shutout over HurricanesNovember 12, 2013 · @MTAthletics
November 13, 1925 - Blue Raiders defeat Memphis in first meeting
The Blue Raider record book is full of big achievements. There are many records that have been set, broken, and then set again. Likewise, there are big victories that go along with those records.
Middle Tennessee has football wins over schools like Vanderbilt, Georgia Tech and Maryland. Lost in those names, however, seems to be Memphis.
Memphis has always been known for their basketball prowess, but they enjoyed a string of success on the gridiron too in the early 2000s going to bowl games five seasons in a row from 2003-2008. Their program has produced NFL greats like DeAngelo Williams and Isaac Bruce.
The first meeting between the schools took place in 1925. It was so long ago that Memphis wasn't "Memphis" yet. The school was still West Tennessee State, its name at its inception. Coach Guy Stephenson led the Blue Raiders to a dominating 57-7 win over the Tigers on that November 13 day.
The win was only the third of the season for Middle Tennessee and Frank Faulkinberry replaced Stephenson as coach for the following season. However, the win set in motion a kind of dominance over the Tigers that has stood the test of time.
With the Blue Raiders' win in Murfreesboro earlier this season, Middle Tennessee is 17-8-1 all-time against their in-state rival. The schools will meet again next season at the Liberty Bowl in Memphis.
November 14, 1931 - Middle Tennessee defeats "The U"
The early days of college football were much different than today. There weren't three division of the National Collegiate Athletic Association. The NCAA was in its infancy in fact, conferences were also small and few, and teams picked up games whenever and wherever they could.
Many Tennesseans won't go too many football seasons without hearing the story of the 1899 Sewanee Tiger football team. That team went on a grueling road trip that saw them play five games in six days.
So with that in mind, it may not be overly surprising that the Blue Raiders would get an opportunity to play the Miami Hurricanes on November 14, 1931. The game was part of a two-game commitment that saw the 'Canes travel to Murfreesboro for that first contest, and then MT would go to Miami in 1932.
The Blue Raiders, coached by Frank Faulkinberry, beat the Hurricanes 20-0 in that first meeting. It was the team's sixth and final victory that season, finishing the year 6-4.
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