Although unrelated, the incident occurred on the morning after nearly 5,000 attended an unofficial, off-campus "bonfire" that a student group organized throughout the year. Texas A&M officials canceled the annual tradition preceding the Texas game after the 1999 collapse of the structure killed 12 and injured 27.
Texas and Texas A&M meet for the 109th time in college football's third-oldest rivalry at 11 a.m. (CST, ABC) at Royal-Memorial Stadium.
Texas head coach Mack Brown released the following statement on the death earlier this morning of Texas A&M true freshman defensive lineman Brandon Fails: "Our hearts go out to the family, and to the Texas A&M staff and players. There is nothing anybody can say. We understand their pain."