TDECU Stadium, as we arrive early for the Bayou Bucket Game
The Rice Band arrives (Shamelessly?)
The players, fans, and all the supporting people trickle in.
Our seats, far end, top of nearest bank. (See Carol?)
The Fans -- red for UH, blue for Rice -- move through the gallery.
The Rice players do their warmups.
And there's the Rice Band.
The UH starting offense huddle during their warmups.
The Cheerleaders and Cougar Dolls are also suited up.
The UH Band tuba players pregame ritual. (Drybrush)
Warm-ups done. The Rice squad goes back to it's locker room.
A last group meeting before UH heads for their locker room ...
... but they stop to cheer the students.
Sasha and Shasta take the field.
The band's twirler is about to make a behind-the-back baton catch.
The UH Band puts on its pregame show.
A capital C for Cougars!
"O say, can you see?" ...
... followed by the UH Alma Mater.
Those lovely tubas
Here comes the team, led by Coach Major Applewhite.
Noise, Smoke, Fire, and excitement!
Let the games begin!
But first, ritual supplications. May no one be injured.
The UH kickoff team does its ritual dance.
First play: Rice quarterback Glaesmann hits Stewart for 20 yards.
But, in the end, Rice kicker Fox has to punt.
First UH play: Allen to Corbin for 3 yards.
Allen passes to Dunbar for 6 yards.