Ah! The tubas greet us as we reach the stadium.
Tubas and football: A marriage made in heaven.
Myself seen in a tuba bell
What is this? A spymobile on the TDECU sidewalk!
We're here early to see all the pre-game ceremonies.
An advertising blimp sails overhead ...
... and the ESPN cameramen shakedown their equipment.
The Tulsa team does its pregame stretching exercises ...
... some of which hurt to watch.
The UH Cougars break from their warmups.
And, here are our Tuba players, doing their own pregame exercise!
Our guys stop to greet the students, on their way to the locker room.
Shasta and Sasha dance to the band music.
And Dr. Rupa Iyer is awarded the Faculty-Member-of-the-Game, game ball.
Now, here comes the band. Led, of course, by the mighty tubas (upside down.)
Next, the percussion section.
A cheerleader does a tricky behind-the-back baton catch.
See? The Band spells out COUgars! (Upside down and backward on our side of the stadium)
That tuba leader in the first slide -- is also an associate band director.
Suddenly ... WHOOSH ... we barely catch a fighter jet flyover to finish the Star Spangled Banner.
Alums across the field singing the Alma Mater
For the coin toss: Referees, Brandon Wilson, Greg Ward jr. and ...
The Band forms to greet the team ...
... and here come the Cougars.
That face obscured by flame belongs to our kicker, Ty Cummings.
The other end of the field: Here comes Tulsa's Golden Hurricane" ...
... followed by Tulsa's coaching staff (who did all too well today!)
The coin toss. Tulsa wins and elects to ...