Tailgating builds bonds that last a lifetime, and that truth was on full display leading up to the homecoming game against the Longhorns.
On the pleasant, sunny autumn afternoon, our tailgate felt like a big and glorious family reunion. In addition to friends from college, we had our extended family of current and recently graduated students and their parents.
They all came back to revel in the uniquely wild and wonderful game day experience in Morgantown.
Lauren, who graduated in 2017, flew in from San Diego. She met up with her dad and uncles from Boston.
The urgent tug of game day brought others from Phoenix, Miami and Charlotte, to name a few.
The mountain of enthusiasm surrounding tailgating creates a close-knit community like none other. Strangers who pass through become fast friends, often getting adopted into our Mountaineer family. That includes opposing fans.
Tailgating is about being a part of something larger than yourself. It’s about joining in a shared experience.
And together, we experienced tailgating in its glorious sheen, embracing the day with passionate abandon.
While nobody loses in a tailgate, unfortunately, the same can’t be said about the gridiron. Our beloved Mountaineers hung in there for 2 ½ quarters against #11-ranked Longhorns, but then fell 42-31.