During the rainy 1968 Homecoming game the Demon Deacons suffered a 34-21 loss to the University of South Carolina Gamecocks. Later on in the day after the conclusion of the game, the rain turned to snow giving the University what the article calls a "white homecoming." During the halftime ceremonies at the game, Nancy Carol Bost was crowned Miss Demon Deacon by Dr. James Ralph Scales, president of the University. At the time, Bost was senior, varsity cheerleader from Hickory, North Carolina. In addition, Randy Spainhour, a senior from Lenoir, was crowned the winner of the APO homecoming "Ugly Man Contest." The contest raised $300 for the American Cancer Society.