Saturday, September 24 was indeed a great day to be an NSU Demon as NSU celebrated “Family Day” on its picturesque campus. The festivities began Friday with a rousing pep rally that fired up the denizens of Demonland, followed by a concert by 3Oh!3. Saturday saw over 500 NSU students and family members enjoy a picture-perfect day at the NSU Tailgating area before NSU’s home opener versus Lamar. There was another concert, this time by Danielle Bradbery as well as fun games and prizes. NSU Greek life, Army ROTC, and other student groups joined in the tailgating fun. Younger Demon fans (as well as more “seasoned” Demon fans such as President Marcus Jones and VP for the Student Experience Reatha Cox) could get their faces painted and get Vic the Demon tattoos.
The Spirit of Northwestern Band concluded Family Day as it marched into the tailgating area for the traditional playing of the NSU fight song and the Alma Mater before marching into Turpin Stadium. The game itself was a tremendous amount of fun as the Demons came out of a slow start in the first quarter, made a goal line stand worthy of Horatius, and then went on to win a decisive 35-27 victory over the Lamar Cardinals.