5:00 PM. We arrive early for some tailgating.
We meet Dr. Amber Gaum and her family from Alberta
5:30 PM. The Stadium is still largely empty while the teams warm up.
A lot goes on before a game.
The Southern Methodist Univ. band settles in to the stands.
Don Mendel and Lewis Wheeler are ready for the game ...
... so is the nearby SMU band.
The student's cheering section get its alphabets in order.
Here comes the UH band ...
... with its splendid tubas.
We reflect upon the tubas.
The band is done. They march off in their H-formation
The UH Cougars are about to enter ... led by Major Applewhite.
Here they come from the SE corner of TDECU Stadium ...
... while SMU pours in from the NW.
We win the coin toss and elect to kick off to SMU.
No. 10, Ed Oliver, is suited up! Looks like our star defender will play.
Our War Dance is done: Let the games begin!
SMU's Johnson takes to kickoff to his own 35-yard line.
Oh -oh ... SMU QB Hicks hands off to Jones for 27 yards.
The students don't like the way things are going.
Adams stops Proche from making an SMU touchdown (dry brush rendering) ...
... so SMU has to settle for a Williams field goal.
Carolyn and Jerry Warren are not pleased that SMU draws first blood.
Now Postma passes to Catalon for 9 yards. Catalon has just begun!
This time Postma keeps 10 yards on a broken play.
Anatomy of a incomplete pass
Finally, d'Eriq King breaks away for UH's first touchdown.