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Just try and resist it
Try to ward it off as a gimmick. Try
to ignore it
It’s called the “Howdy” tradition and
at Texas A&M, it’s an Aggie’s litde way
of saying hello to visitors in Aggieland,
the consolidated atmosphere of A&M -
the university that is College Station,
It will not matter that the often
despised Husker fans will be walking
around as the presumed aristocrats of
college football. It’s guaranteed some
one will single them all out for a quick
Or maybe it’s the 12th man that gets
you. Maybe the infectious chants and
cries of “Gig ’em Aggies!” could even
stir the stoic Husker fan, not big on any
tangible tradition — just the one involv
College Station is not the hostile
atmosphere of Colorado or Oklahoma.
It’s got more of the feel of a sleepy,
southern Texas town where it really
doesn’t matter where your loyalties lie -
until die game starts.
“The whole friendliness of the place
is one thing we’ve got,” said Lance Hill,
the public relations officer in A&M’s
much-storied Corps of Cadets. “It’s
almost like a small town. We claim to be
the friendliest campus in the nation.”
Hill, a senior architecture and con
struction management major, said the
militaristic traditions of A&M are
deeply rooted in the past
Indie stands, it becomes evident that
of all Aggie traditions, the yells are most
treasured, along with the sacred 12th
The custom of selecting one student
to be in uniform and in on the opening
kickoff started when then-Coach Jackie
Sherrill held 12th man tryouts for the
student body. Coach R.C. Slocum has
continued die tradition.
The 12th mah is also the crowd, in
spirit, a major “player” for the Aggie
football team. The crowd must remain
standing for the duration of the game as
a reminder to be on watch if needed in
“You don’t date sit down during die
game,” said Curtis Franke, a senior bio
medical science major and chairman of
A&M’s Traditions Council.
In addition, all A&M fans in atten
dance take up the role of the 12* man
and join together as a collective voice
shouting for the Aggies.
“We don’t get involved with cheer
ing,” Hill said. ‘We yell.”
In the place of cheerleaders, a group
of five cadets is selected from the Corps
of Cadets to lead fans in the traditional
Aggie clamor that resounds through
At midnight on the night before
home games, a yell practice is assem
bled and nearly 20,000 Aggie fans
march to Kyle Field to go over the
chants and songs for Saturday’s game.
Brandon Neff, a senior officer in the
corps and one of the five yell leaders,
said the midnight yell practice is proba
bly the biggest event involving the
“It’s so tradition-based,” Neff said.
“Everybody knows what to do and
where to be on Friday nights. It’s a lot
different from any pep rally”
At game time, it’s all business for the
“We’re there to make sure die team
knows the student body is behind them,”
said Neff, a senior political science
major. “(The team) doesn’t have to
worry. We support them no matter how
bad they’re losing or how big they’re
New this year to the long line of
Aggie tradition is Maroon-out, the
A&M equivalent to the NU Sea of Red
at Memorial Stadium.
Tara Toliver, secretary for the Class
of2000 and a member of A&M’s Class
Council, said the new tradition gives
motto Aggie pride indie crowd wearing
the team colors at home games.
Toliver said Class Council has been
promoting the program by selling
maroon T-shirts to fans to promote
wearing A&M colors to games.
She said that by the Nebraska game,
the Class Council hopes to sell out the
remainder of the shirts and see a mas
sive maroon throng in Aggieland,
A&M’s faithful force of fans.
“It’s the little things that unify
A&M,” Hill said. “I can’t say there’s any
one thing that is set apart. It’s all tradi
Near loss to Oklahoma State keeps Nebraska focused
By David Wilson
Senior staff writer
Even Nebraska Coach Frank Solich
enjoys a good, back-and-forth college
football battle now and then.
But when it comes to nail-biters,
Solich would prefer that his team wasn’t
That wasn’t the case Saturday, when
the Comhuskers stopped Oklahoma
State inside the 1-yard-line as time
expired, preserving a 24-17 victory.
Though Solich can’t guarantee that
there won’t be any more close games
this season, he said last weekend’s nar
row victory will help Nebraska in the
“There’s some great football to be
played yet,” Solich said. “I would like to
be able to tell you that was the only nail
biter we’re going to have this season, but
I think there’s probably more to come.
“I’ve been pleased they’ve been able
to respond, when called upon, to be 5-0.”
When OSU kicker Tim Sydnes
booted a 37-yard field goal in the sec
ond quarter Saturday, it marked die first
time the Huskers had trailed this season.
NU’s 7-point win was its closest
margin of victory since November
when die Huskers beat Colorado 27-24.
“It might be a litde bit of a blessing
that we were in a tight game, and we got
out of there with a victory,” senior full
back Joel Makovicka said. “I think it
makes the team come closer together.”
One reason for the team’s success,
senior center Josh Heskew said, was
that quarterbacks Bobby Newcombe
and Eric Crouch, were “more aggres
sive” in the huddle.
“It was kind of a relief,” Heskew
Newcombe said he knew all along
he had the extra aggressiveness in him.
“I always try to hold it inside,”
Newcombe said. “I did get a little more
vocal than I usually do. But at the same
time, I try to keep the confidence level
Nguyen ready j
NGUYEN from page 9
Winning this weekend will require
a near-perfect game against the
Huskers, the Aggie said.
While NU needed a last-second
defensive stop to beat Oklahoma State,
Nguyen said he expects a better perfor
mance from the Huskers.
“They didn’t play as well as they
wanted to, but they are still Nebraska
and we expect to play Nebraska on
Saturday,” Nguyen said.
Statistically, die Aggies have a bet
ter defense than the Cowboys, who lim
ited the Huskers to 73 rushing yards.
But Nguyen cautioned against
expecting a similar performance from
“They are just well-disciplined, and
they wait for ypu to make mistakes,”
Nguyen said, “’feu can stop them for
nine plays out of 10, but all of die sud
den the big play is going to hurt you.”
commits to Huskers
From Staff Reports
Spencer Owen, a 6-fbot-5,235
pound defensive lineman, has given a
verbal commitment to play for the
Nebraska football team next season.
Owen is from Carrollton, Mo., and
is the ninth player to give a commitment
to the Cornhuskers this fall. Owen has
40 tackles and 14 quarterback sacks so
far this season for Carrollton High
School, which is in Missouri’s second
“I am happy to play for the
Huskers,” Owen said. “There’s a lot of
tradition there with that program.”
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