Sunday, November 21, 2010

Fightin' Texas Aggies!

Heads up- this post has absolutely nothing to do about weddings or really anything feminine. It's about good football & my beloved Fightin' Texas Aggies. The next week is gonna be pretty Aggie Tradition-laden, because it is the week of the A&M/t.u. game (AKA University of Texas). That also means Bonfire and Elephant Walk. Anyway, on with the post...

Whether you know me in real life or not, you should know I LOVE football, especially Texas A&M Aggie football. My dad taught me the game by watching it on TV with him, and my love for it has increased immensely in my last 4 years here at A&M.

Unless you have been living under a rock (football-wise), my beloved Ags beat the hell outta the #8 Nebraska Cornhuskers last night, 9-6. We had a record high attendance at Kyle Field- 90,079 people! There were no touchdowns, just field goals. It was purely a defensive game, as should have been obvious by the statistics going into the game.

In the Big 12 conference before last night, A&M was #1 in passing offense; Nebraska was #1 in passing defense. Also, Nebraska was #1 in rushing offense; A&M was #1 in rushing defense. Basically an amazing match-up.

And wow, what a game! Here at A&M we have a little big thing called the 12th Man. You can read the history of the tradition here, but basically, the current students at the game stand the entire time, yell our heads off while we're playing defense, participate in the yells lead by the Yell Leaders, and pretty much go crazy. It's intense.


So Nebraska's head coach Pelini apparently already has some anger issues, and it seems he has definitely passed those on to his team. [DISCLAIMER- I fully understand I do not know much about Nebraska, so I apologize for anything I say that might be wrong] They had something like 145 yards in penalties (A&M only had 10), including several unsportsman-like conduct, one of which was from Mr. Pelini himself! It seems that he was cursing out the refs and it just got a little out of hand, going from 'simply cursing' to REALLY cursing, if you know what I mean. Great example to set for your team... 

From the articles I've read, it seems the Cornhuskers were a bit distracted by the yelling of the 12th Man, and couldn't quite get their act together. Um, that's obvious! Apparently there were players cursing the refs out, while sitting on the bench.

Anyway, back in the 1980s and 90s, A&M's defense was called the Wrecking Crew because they had some FANTASTIC hits and other defensive plays. We lost that in the past decade, but in the past few games it appears to have made a reappearance, thanks to our amazing new defensive coordinator, DeRuyter. When we beat the Oklahoma Sooners a couple of weeks back, people were chanting "Wrecking Crew" and making the hand signal, and then we did it again this week. 
Source: My friend, Katie :)

And now for your viewing pleasure, here are some more pictures & 1 video from the game...

March in of the Corp of Cadets

Waving those 12th Man towels!

After the game, starting to storm the field... By the way, this normally never happens. The police officers couldn't get on the field fast enough to stop the crowds!

So. Many. People.

VIDEO: I'm pretty sure the ESPN commentators said "There is no student body that enjoys its football team quite like here at A&M." or something like that. Here's the war hymn at the end: Watch me!  

So A&M has now defeated not one, but two top-ten ranked teams. For the first time since 2003, we have won 5 straight games. On Thanksgiving Day is the annual A&M/t.u. game. Now let's BTHO t.u.! Whoop!

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