Being my first football game as a student here, and also being homecoming, I had no idea what to expect going into Saturday night’s game. Growing up in Boulder, Colorado and going to Big twelve football games, I told myself not to compare saturdays game to anything i’d ever experienced. And it was different than anything i’ve ever been a part of. A full Aggie pack was in effect, and the MC’s were something that i was more than unfamiliar with. Personally, I could have done without them. It’s college, we’re supposed to come up with our own chants, and they’re supposed to be spontaneous and fun, but when they scream every single time we’re on defense, it gets old an loses it’s effect. The one thing I do give the MC’s props for is personally insulting South Dakotas players, and home-state. While “long lines” deterred a lot of students, you didn’t even have to wait in line, or show your ticket for that matter to get in to the game. After we breezed by the lines, and got there ten minutes to kickoff, we got front row seats on the 40 yard line. My curiosity as to why these seats were still available was immediately answered as soon as i heard those speakers directly in front of me for the first time. After some standard homecoming announcements, the Aggies took the field full of energy. This all went out the window when we fumbled two minutes into the game. South Dakota quickly drove down the field and put the first points on the board. At first I wondered how they drove with such ease, but then after watching them break arm tackle after arm tackle of ours, it wasn’t hard to see why. Quarterback Randy Wright was about the only thing our offense had going for it in the first half, and after he led the team down the field, Nick Aprile powered the ball into the end-zone with a one yard rush. Going into halftime the score was 10-6 Aggs, and after a down to the wire battle with South Dakota last year, anything was possible in the second half.
UC Davis appeared to emerge as a new team out of the tunnel in the second half. With a fog machine, and Ozzy Osbourne’s Crazy Train blaring from the speakers, the team and crowd seemed to have come out with a second wind. Sadly, this was not the case. On South Dakota’s opening possession, they took five minutes off the clock, and drove 90 yards to score and go ahead 13-10. Things weren’t looking too good for the Aggies, until the 4th quarter came and we recovered a fumble on South Dakotas 39 yard line. Randy Wright wasted no time and completed a 39 yard touchdown pass the Dean Rodgers to give us the lead. The crowd was electric, the sideline was pumped, and it looked like the Aggs we’re gonna get a win for the alumni on Homecoming. South Dakota didn’t go away though. In their final drive of the game with a few minutes remaining, they made it all the way to the Davis 27 yard line. The Aggie defense came up huge with a stop on 4th down by Jonathan Perkins. And then the victory was sealed. Although Randy Wright’s back might hurt from carrying the team, and our defense needs to work on some things, a win is a win, and I think everyone left the stadium happy. Between a packed student section, a bunch of free schwag thrown out into the crowd, and a victory, I had a great first experience in the Aggie pack, and I’m already looking forward to the next game.