Oh, it moves alright! It's not a vibration. It's a full sway of about one or two inches in each direction. Before the game when the Aggies are preparing to leave the field after warm-ups, they split the players into two groups and line up in the middle of the field. Half of them facing the east stands, and the other half facing the west stands. They place their helmets on the ground in front of them as straight as they are standing on the field. Then everyone breaks out in a rousing version of the hymn. When they get toward the end of the song, everyone on the field and in the stands wraps their arms around their neighbor on both sides and then began a vigorous to and fro swaying while singing their hymn. You would have thought that a 7.2 Richter scale earthquake was shaking the city. The fans repeat this hymn without the help of the players after the first and third quarters.
Now I don't know what you think about the Aggie mystique and their collection of yells, but there is one thing that you have to admit about Texas A&M: they have some of the most rabid fans around. No wonder people have ranked Kyle Field as one of the best stadiums in the nation to see a game. Another thing about the Aggie fans that I noticed yesterday was that they didn't gripe, moan and groan about the game afterwards. They really didn't have a reason because…they were viciously manhandled by the Iowa State Cyclones yesterday.
It is said that the Aggies never lose a game, but they just run out of time in an attempt to win a game. No disrespect intended, but Texas A&M lost that game Saturday. No amount of time would have helped the Aggies. Bret Meyer was able to dissect the Aggie secondary for 371 yards and four touchdowns, Todd Blythe caught eight of his passes for 214 yards and the four touchdowns, and Stevie Hicks came back from an injury to rush for 122 yards and two touchdowns. In fact, Blythe has been named the national offensive player of the week by the Walter Camp Foundation because of his efforts.
Both sides of the line performed their jobs very effectively. The offensive line kept the pressure off Meyer for most of the day. He was only sacked twice while attempting 32 passes, and the roll out pass was very effective in diffusing the pressure from up the middle. The defensive line allowed only two big plays, and only one of them counted because of a timely or untimely, depending on which side of the field you were standing, holding penalty. Nick Leaders was constantly beating his man and putting pressure on McNeal, who was definitely not in his comfort zone because of the pressure. Leaders only had four tackles, but three of them were for losses that totaled 20 yards. One of those three was a sack for an eight yard loss, and he also forced a fumble on the day.
Not too bad for a line going against the Aggies and their superior athletes.
Now that the Cyclones have hit the
springboard and started their rise on this potential dive into the post-season,
how will they react to this game next Saturday against
Ben Bruns made a legitimate point
a few weeks ago that a big crowd can make a difference in a game. Cyclone fans,
make a difference! Remember all of the thrashings that we received from
A five game winning streak at the
end of the year will lead the Cyclones, in my opinion, to the