It was "Military Appreciation Day" at Vanderbilt, and this group of ROTC students from across the various service branches presented the colors.
The Naval Academy sent its band, and a crowd of over 1,000 Navy fans were on hand to cheer on the Midshipmen.
A pair of undergraduate students, Marc and Matt, served as our "VandyMania Fans of the Week."
At halftime the Vanderbilt Concert Choir joined the Spirit of Gold Marching Band on the field for a spine-tingling rendition of "America, the Beautiful."
Chancellor Gordon Gee (right) with the 2003 Homecoming King and Queen.
Two more attendants from the Homecoming Court. (Attention, recruits: yeah, all the Vanderbilt coeds pretty much look like this.)
Reunion chair Tooty McFarland presents Chancellor Gee (left) with a check for over $19 million from the reunion classes. "Tooty, I just want you to know that we accept," quipped Gee.
Navy's (in white) unique triple-option offense kept Vanderbilt's defense off balance for most of the afternoon (note the double-slot formation with two ends split wide). Navy won the game, 37-27.
Sophomore receiver Erik Davis (2) rolls into the end zone after hauling in a touchdown pass from Jay Cutler in the fourth quarter. The score cut Navy's lead to 34-27 with 1:30 left, but Vanderbilt would not score again.
Photos by Brent Wiseman, copyright 2003 for VandyMania.com.