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10/4/03

Tech Fans Ready for Big Rival Match-Up

Come rain or shine, Red Raider fans are dedicated when it comes to school spirit. On Saturday, tailgaters were out in droves to get ready for Saturday night's big game.

The smell of bar-b-que filled the parking lot across from Tech, cooking in this parking lot. Tech tailgaters have been there all day long and some of them since Thursday.

They said it's not just another home football game, this is the biggest one this year and a little rain isn't going to prevent them from having the biggest tailgate party and watching Tech win against their biggest rival.

Tech fans have had their guns up all week long for Saturday night's big rivalry against the Aggies. And despite Saturday morning's weather, they say even a downpour couldn't keep them from the team they love.

"If it rains again, we'll be out here," says Tech fan, Jesse Alejandro.

From spicy jalapenos to hot brisket, the celebration is well underway.

Tech has come out on top the last 6 out of 8 meetings with the boys from College Station. And fans are certain they'll be victorious once again.

"Tech's gonna win by 14," says one fan.

"I think Tech's gonna run away from them," says another.

"I think we'll go 12 points ahead," says another hopeful fan.

Even Tech fans new to the tradition have a school spirit that's just as stong.

"This is the second Tech game I've been to in my life, so I enjoyed the first one so I decided to come back for the second one," says fan Carolyn Oglesby.

Win or lose, in their hearts, fans know the Red Raiders are #1, and some let that Tech spirit go to their heads.

"I just shaved my head a couple of months ago, so I let it grow out and I got my brother to shave a Double T into my head. He's an engineer, so he's a perfectionist," says Andrew Swofford, a Tech student.

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