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Meet some of the fans tailgating the Missouri game against South Dakota State

Saturday, August 30, 2014 | 7:13 p.m. CDT; updated 4:41 p.m. CDT, Tuesday, September 2, 2014
MU fans gather to tailgate for the first home game of the Tigers season against South Dakota State University on Saturday.

**CORRECTION: Russ Stokes graduated from MU in 1965.

COLUMBIA— The Missouri football season kicked off Saturday with a 38-18 win against South Dakota State.

The game marked the start of tailgating season as well. Missourian staff members spoke with some of the fans tailgating around the stadium.

You might have seen this truck decked out in tigers if you tailgate at the stadium parking lot. It belongs to Russ and Betty Stokes, of Cherokee Village, Ark. They've been decorating their truck with tigers for 15 years and tailgating in Lot A even longer than that. Russ Stokes graduated from MU in 1965**. (Photos by Wade Livingston)

Mizzou fans, friends and family of South Dakota State player and Columbia native Mark Pickerel sport blue instead of black for today. Pickerel and other Rock Bridge alumnus, Freeman Simmons, turned Mizzou fans into Jackrabbit fans for the weekend.

Taylor Yazel, an MU senior, was tailgating before the game in his tiger Morphsuit, with a slice of watermelon Jell-O shot. "There's no greater feeling coming out here and tailgating in your Morphsuit," Yazel said.

To meet more of the fans from this weekend's game, go to the photo album on our Missourian Tigers Report Facebook page. Check back after each home game to meet more fans.

Supervising editor is Stephanie Ebbs.


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