Hours before the game got underway today, the Liberty Bowl's parking lots were jammed with die-hard Tigers fans. Of course, they were hoping for a win, but they love this team no matter what. Win or lose, the Tigers fans are true blue.
"I'm still a Tigers supporter. Win or Lose," said Steve Orr.
"Tiger fan win or lose," agreed Pat Dunlop. "We'll have a good time and we'll support the Tigers."
"Even with a loss everyone's gonna be disappointed, but we're Tiger fans and we're gonna be there through thick and thin," said Jeff Manes.
A sea of blue and white flooded the Liberty Bowl parking lot. Not just because there's a bowl game at stake and not just because it's the last home game of the season.
"I think the most important thing is this is the last day of the best player they ever had play here in Memphis," said fan Dick Klenz.
"Today's game is a chance to say goodbye to DeAngelo, good luck in the NFL, and to support him and the rest of our Tigers," said Dunlop.
Running back DeAngelo Williams' friends and family drove out from Wynne, Ark., to support him. His parents led the cheering section.
"It's a big deal. It's a great feeling because this is his last season, last time being here," said Williams' father Odell Hill. "We're still gonna be Tiger fans regardless of where he goes. We're still gonna be Tigers fans. Tiger Blue!"
Quarterback Maurice Avery's family came out from Orlando Florida to see him play.
"Go Mo! Go! - Let's go Tigers," chanted Avery's aunt Shiquitta Bolden.
Fans pre-game optimism proved to be warranted, but even had the Tigers lost, the Tiger Nation swore they'd be back next year - with their grills, their Tigers t-shirts and their hope.