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Homecoming Highlights

Tigers come back to CoMo, throw an awesome party and “stripe” the Zou

Tigers are team players. Mizzou’s 103rd Homecoming celebration (‪#‎MIZ103HC) peaked Saturday with a remarkable display of unity: “Tiger striping” the Zou. Each fan at the football game against Vanderbilt dressed in either black or gold, according to Memorial Stadium ticket section, creating the overall visual effect of Tiger stripes. Oh, and we won the game, of course, 24-14.

Other Homecoming 2014 first-time happenings included the addition of bone marrow registration to one of the world’s largest annual blood drives and the dedication of a new campus landmark, Traditions Plaza, next to the Mizzou Alumni Center. The additions supplemented Mizzou’s many annual traditions: day of service, blood drive, food drive, talent competition, step show, campus decorations, skits, parade, tailgate parties, naming of the queen and king, football and nonstop revelry.

We would be remiss if we didn’t mention the glorious weather: clear, sunny skies with a hint of a fall breeze. Saturday’s high temperature reached 81 degrees.

Notable Tigers

Parade Grand Marshals: Mizzou’s Founding Families
Homecoming Queen: Allison Schnitker
Homecoming King: Ethan Colbert
Homecoming Court: Jamie Beard, Julia Bush, Emily Donaldson, Kelsey Haberberger, Sam Dicke, Bobby Hofman, Hai Kim, Charlie, Koors
Steering Committee: Jeremy Essner, Jessica Morrow, Brandon Pilas
Standout Football Players: Maty Mauk, Bud Sasser, Russell Hansbrough, Marcus Murphy

Fall arrives to campus and the trees show off their colors on The Quad.

Fall arrives to campus, and the trees show off their colors on The Quad. Photo by Lizz Cardwell.

Students in pirate costumes.

Students compete in the annual Homecoming talent competition Wednesday, Oct. 22, at the Missouri Theatre. Photo by Lizz Cardwell.

Students on stage

Students compete in the annual Homecoming talent competition Wednesday, Oct. 22, at the Missouri Theatre. Photo by Lizz Cardwell.

Students in costumes

Students compete in the annual Homecoming talent competition Wednesday, Oct. 22, at the Missouri Theatre. Photo by Lizz Cardwell.

Chancellor Loftin, founding families, Truman.

Chancellor R. Bowen Loftin and members of Mizzou's founding families dedicate Mizzou's newest landmark: Traditions Plaza. Photo by Lizz Cardwell.

Twin toddlers in a stroller.

Young Tigers relax at Homecoming Headquarters, the Mizzou Alumni Association, on the corner of Tiger and Conley avenues. Photo by Lizz Cardwell.

Truman poses for a photo with an MU cheerleader and an adoring fan.

Truman poses for a photo with an MU cheerleader and an adoring (and adorable) fan. Photo by Lizz Cardwell.

Students painting signs

Mizzou's Greek community celebrates Homecoming with this year's Campus Decorations theme, "Oh, the places you'll go!" Thousands of students, alumni and friends descended on Greek Town to see skits. Photo by Lizz Cardwell.

Students walk by cutouts of Truman and Golden Girls.

Mizzou's Greek community celebrates Homecoming with this year's Campus Decorations theme, "Oh, the places you'll go!" Thousands of students, alumni and friends descended on Greek Town to see skits. Photo by Lizz Cardwell.

A member of the MU Greek community watches all the action with a bird's eye view.

A member of the MU Greek community watches all the action with a bird's eye view. Photo by Lizz Cardwell.

Haunted house.

A spooky haunted house, inhabited by Chancellor Loftin and ghosts of chancellors past, awaits visitors to Greek Town. Photo by Lizz Cardwell.

Stuents dancing on stage.

Students perform at the Divine 9 Step Show at the Missouri Theatre Friday, Oct. 24. Photo by Tanzi Propst.

Students dancing on stage.

Students perform at the Divine 9 Step Show at the Missouri Theatre Friday, Oct. 24. Photo by Tanzi Propst.

Chancellor Loftin waves to the crowd at the Homecoming Parade.

Chancellor R. Bowen Loftin waves to the crowd at the Homecoming Parade from the back of cart pulled by Mizzou's Mule Team. Photo by Lizz Cardwell.

The MU cheerleaders perform downtown at the Homecoming Parade.

The MU cheerleaders perform downtown at the Homecoming Parade. Photo by Lizz Cardwell.

The MU color guard performs downtown at the Homecoming Parade.

The MU color guard performs downtown at the Homecoming Parade. Photo by Lizz Cardwell.

Tigers fans tailgate outside of Memorial Stadium before the game.

Tigers fans tailgate outside of Memorial Stadium before the game. Photo by Shane Epping.

ROTC cadets prepare to walk on to Faurot Field.

ROTC cadets prepare to walk on to Faurot Field. Photo by Shane Epping.

Fireworks explode on the north side of Memorial Stadium as Marching Mizzou and the Golden Girls perform.

Fireworks explode on the north side of Memorial Stadium as Marching Mizzou and the Golden Girls perform. Photo by Shane Epping.

Students in the Tiger Lair section of the stadium roar for Mizzou before the kickoff.

Students in the Tiger's Lair section of the stadium roar for Mizzou before the kickoff. Photo by Shane Epping.

A featured twirler performs during pre-game festivities.

A featured twirler performs during pre-game festivities. Photo by Shane Epping.

A member of the alumni band sports black and gold socks.

A member of the alumni band sports black-and-gold socks. Photo by Shane Epping.

J. Bruce Anderson, drum major 1957-1962, strikes a pose.

J. Bruce Anderson, drum major 1957-62, strikes a pose. Photo by Shane Epping.

A member of the alumni band plays the piccolo.

A member of the alumni band plays the piccolo. Photo by Shane Epping.

Mizzou rushes the field from the south end of the end zone.

Mizzou rushes the field from the south end of the end zone. Photo by Shane Epping.

Truman sprays the Tiger Lair.

Truman sprays the Tiger's Lair. Photo by Shane Epping.

A crowd of 65,264 fans dress in black and gold to create tiger stripes in the stands.

A crowd of 65,264 fans dress in black and gold to create tiger stripes in the stands. The Tigers have now won 10 of their last 13 Homecoming games, including four of their last five. Photo by Shane Epping.

Tailback Russell Hansbrough runs for a gain.

Tailback Russell Hansbrough runs for a gain. Photo by Shane Epping.

Defensive lineman Markus Golden makes a tackle.

Defensive lineman Markus Golden makes a tackle. Photo by Shane Epping.

Wide receiver Jimmie Hunt completes a reception.

Wide receiver Jimmie Hunt completes a reception. Photo by Shane Epping,

Defensive lineman Josh Augusta makes a tackle.

Defensive lineman Josh Augusta makes a tackle. Photo by Shane Epping.

Tailback Russell Hansbrough celebrates in the end zone after scoring a touchdown.

Tailback Russell Hansbrough celebrates in the end zone after scoring a touchdown. Hansbrough rushed for 87 yards and secured his seventh career touchdown. The junior tailback has eclipsed 500 total yards for the second straight season with 572 yards through eight games. Photo by Tanzi Propst.

A Tiger fan shields her face from the sun during the first half of the game.

A Tiger fan shields her face from the sun during the first half of the game. Photo by Shane Epping.

Mizzou Health Professions student ambassador Gaylon Boyland assists Coach Pinkel keep cool on the sidelines.

Mizzou Health Professions student ambassador Gaylon Boyland assists Coach Pinkel keep cool on the sidelines. Mizzou reached six wins, and bowl eligibility, for the 10th time in head coach Gary Pinkel's 14-year tenure. Photo by Shane Epping.

Theresa Mullineaux and Nick Droege, 2013 Homecoming Queen and King, prepare to crown Mizzou's newest royalty at halftime.

Theresa Mullineaux and Nick Droege, 2013 Homecoming Queen and King, prepare to crown Mizzou's newest royalty at halftime. Photo by Shane Epping.

Allison Schnitker wins 2014 Homecoming Queen.

Allison Schnitker is crowned 2014 Homecoming Queen. Photo by Shane Epping.

Allison Schnitker and Ethan Colbert

Allison Schnitker and Ethan Colbert, 2014 Homecoming Queen and King, pose for a portrait. Photo by Shane Epping.

Truman energizes the crowd with sideline antics.

Truman energizes the crowd with sideline antics. Photo by Shane Epping.

Vanderbilt scores their second touchdown of the game in the fourth quarter.

Vanderbilt scores their second touchdown of the game in the fourth quarter. Photo by Shane Epping.

Chancellor and students

Chancellor R. Bowen Loftin poses for a cell phone photo with students. Photo by Shane Epping.

Senior wideout Bud Sasser scores a touchdown in the south end zone.

Senior wideout Bud Sasser scores a touchdown in the south end zone. Photo by Shane Epping.

Senior wideout Bud Sasser caught two touchdowns against Vanderbilt, giving him a team-high six receiving touchdowns this season.

Senior wideout Bud Sasser caught two touchdowns against Vanderbilt, giving him a team-high six receiving touchdowns this season. Photo by Shane Epping.

Defensive back Kenya Dennis makes a tackle.

Defensive back Kenya Dennis makes a tackle. Photo by Tanzi Propst.

Defensive back Kenya Dennis celebrates after a favorable Mizzou play.

Defensive back Kenya Dennis celebrates after a favorable Mizzou play. Photo by Tanzi Propst.

Wide receiver Wesley Leftwich goes for a reception in the end zone before the play was broken up by a Vanderbilt defender.

Wide receiver Wesley Leftwich goes for a reception in the end zone before the play is broken up by a Vanderbilt defender. Photo by Shane Epping.

Senior wideout Bud Sasser caught two touchdowns against Vanderbilt, giving him a team-high six receiving touchdowns this season.

Senior wideout Bud Sasser caught two touchdowns against Vanderbilt, giving him a team-high six receiving touchdowns this season. Photo by Tanzi Propst.

Quarterback Maty Mauk runs for a gain in the third quarter. His 36-yard rush in the third quarter to set up a touchdown was the longest run of his career.

Quarterback Maty Mauk runs for a gain in the third quarter. His 36-yard rush in the third quarter to set up a touchdown was the longest run of his career. Photo by Shane Epping.

Defensive lineman Harold Brantley sacks Vanderbilt's quarterback for a loss in yards near the end of the fourth quarter.

Defensive lineman Harold Brantley sacks Vanderbilt's quarterback for a loss in yards near the end of the fourth quarter. Photo by Shane Epping.

Marcus Murphy now has 2,631 combined return yards in his career, surpassing former Tiger standout Jeremy Maclin (2,626) for a new Mizzou school record. Murphy matched a career-high with 16 rush attempts and had 93 rushing yards. Photo by Shane Epping.

Marcus Murphy now has 2,631 combined return yards in his career, surpassing former Tiger standout Jeremy Maclin (2,626) for a new Mizzou school record. Murphy matched a career-high with 16 rush attempts and had 93 rushing yards. Photo by Shane Epping.

Players celebrate a 25-14 victory by singing the Fight Song with the students on the east side of the field.

Players celebrate a 25-14 victory by singing the Fight Song with the students on the east side of the field. Mizzou improves to 5-2-1 all-time against Vanderbilt. The Tigers have won two straight over the Commodores. Photo by Shane Epping.

Two little Tigers enjoy the unseasonably warm fall weather outside of Memorial Stadium.

Two little Tigers enjoy the unseasonably warm fall weather outside of Memorial Stadium. Photo by Shane Epping.

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