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11/16/02

Tech and UT Fans Get Rowdy Before the Game

Tech students spent hours waiting in line, some since 8:30 p.m. Friday night, but they are not going to any concert, they are going to back the Red Raiders at one of the biggest games in Tech's history. "It's a big game since I went to school down here in 1981," says Tech alumnus, Rick Barron.

"This is a huge game and UT is third in the nation and this is huge for us. If we win it's going to be an awesome ending season," says Tech Freshman, Presley Rose.

"I look forward to this game every year but this year especially. It's a big game, Texas is ranked number three. I'm just looking forward to it," says Tech alumnus, Greg Trollinger.

What completes the big game atmosphere better than good food. Swarms of tailgaters and a sea of RV's surrounded Jones-SBC Stadium. Where football fanatics cooked it up before the big game. "We got eight slabs of ribs, four pounds of shrimp, some sausage, and chicken and beef tenderloin. It's gonna be good," says Barron.

But no matter how you slice it, this Tech versus Texas match up is one of a kind. Even Texas fans say beating the Red Raiders is going to be tough.

"It's gonna be a full game it's ain't gonna be a blow-out," says one Texas fan.

"They got an offense. They can pass the ball," says another Texas fan.

No matter what happens, Tech fans say they will forever remain loyal to the red and black. "These guys have got so much heart like, everybody says they're a fourth quarter team. Even if they're losing the whole game they keep on fighting and a lot of times we've gone into overtime and won it in the fourth quarter. They've got heart and I'm with them all the way."

"Win or lose I've already got my tickets for next week to go see them play OU," says Tech Alumnus, Nolan Watson.

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