(Warning: LOTS of pictures to follow)

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One of the donors to the seminary had two tickets to the USA vs NC State football game that he wasn’t going to use. When he found out Travis was interested in some, he gladly gave us his. Thus, my Mother’s Day present from Travis. Well, the game was FINALLY played this past Saturday. I was like a kid in a candy shop all last week due to my excitement. It really was a bit ridiculous but I couldn’t help it- I get so excited over sporting events. It’s in my blood. HA HA! Anyway, in honor of the game, I decided to wear a different South Alabama shirt last week. Here is my shirt round-up…
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Travis’ parents came over to keep Sam while we went to the game and so after a late breakfast and a few errands, we headed towards the game. Our first stop was a local food court so I could eat an early lunch since stadium food is typically not GF. After that, we started the process of hunting down our assigned parking space. We had also be graciously given a parking permit which allowed us to avoid paying $20 to park AND got us right near the stadium- we were 3 car rows from the stadium!! NICE!

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It was misty the entire game but that was fine with me. I was just thankful it wasn’t pouring down rain since we were in seats that were not covered. We got there early enough to watch pre-game stretches and warm-ups…

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We were also able to easily locate the section of Jaguar fans! It was kind of funny to observe the Jag fans- we think their average age was 55! There weren’t a lot of younger grads/fans at all!!!

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It was also Military Appreciation Night at that game and they had an entire section reserved for active military. It gradually filled up closer to game time.

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Before the game, the band came out to play the national anthem, NC State fight song, NC State Alma Mater, and to welcome the teams onto the field.

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During the Alma Mater, even the military guys (and girls!) got into the “arms around each other and swaying” action.

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Mr. Wuf, the NC State mascot (and probably Sam’s favorite thus far), drove a helmet car out onto the field and then parked it. Help me out, NC State fans, when State scored a touchdown was the helmet car the cannon sound we would hear? We couldn’t see down there but that is what I assumed was firing the cannon.

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For anyone who doesn’t know what Mr. Wuf looks like, here is a picture of him…

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However, I think that Southpaw is still the cutest mascot.

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NC State’s football team then came out on the field to loud screams and fireworks.

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Then, South’s players came out and all 100 of us USA fans cheered as loud as we could. HA!

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Back to the game, South won the coin toss and elected to defer. Therefore, Nc State got the ball first- and headed our way so I was able to get a few pictures when they got close to the goal line. Thankfully, they didn’t score on this play…

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But, they did on the next one… 😦

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And so the band played…

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I didn’t realize until MUCH later in the game that Mr. Wuf does push-ups on that red platform the guy cheerleaders are holding up. Therefore, I never got a picture of that. Oh well…
Now, South has the ball and starts making their way down the field…

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Miraculously, I got a shot of the first BIG hit of the night. We really could hear it from our seats. It looked and sounded painful and the entire stadium groaned after it occurred (and when it was replayed on the screen.) The guy that got clobbered was #33.

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Then we got to watch a freshman, Houston (#29), run the ball. He was amazing!!!

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He and #11, saw a lot of action.

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After a few more plays,

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we thought the QB, Bennett, had thrown an interception…

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Thankfully, the refs disagreed and ruled it an incomplete pass so South got the ball back.

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While the refs were discussing the “incomplete pass” play, the first of several military recognitions occurred. This one was for WWII vets who were either about to leave on their Honor Flight to see the new WWII Memorial in DC or had just returned from their Honor Flight- I can’t remember. 😦

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Apparently, the REAL NC State mascot, the wolf, liked to walk around in front of the tunnel we were sitting on top of. He was beautiful and enjoyed the “treats” the man walking him would randomly give him. I didn’t realize that wolves were that tall- I had always thought they were the size of an average dog. Ooops!

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The next military “event” was a tug-o-war between Air Force and Army.

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Being the daughter of a former Air Force member, I cheered for the USAF.

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Unfortunately, Army won.

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Another military recognition was for any soldiers who’ve been injured while serving in a combat area.

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Yes, apparently a “soldier dog” was injured and recognized. He made the “big screen” but I didn’t get a picture in time.

By this time, it was the 2nd quarter and South had the ball back and so they started heading our way.

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Periodically throughout the game, Travis felt the need to take pictures of the Gardner-Webb score.

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This is the funny one though- he was too slow and the score had changed by the time he took the pic.

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One interesting thing we noted is that the entire offensive line have double knee braces. YIKES!! I wonder just how much money has been tied up in those injuries? A LOT!

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This was a familiar sight throughout the night…

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Apparently, South kept jumping the gun and would get called for false starts and being off-sides a bunch. I think I heard an announcer say they got called on it 9 times!
Whew! It’s FINALLY halftime!

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Again, the military appreciation continued. This time, the band played all the branches fight songs in recognition of the various branches.

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While the band was finishing up, a line of military folks walked down the sideline…

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so that they could hold a field-size American flag during the playing of “God Bless America”…

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It was breathtaking!

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They also did a tribute to the 9/11 victims and showed photos from the NC State service they held on campus.

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The score at halftime was 13-3… not too bad.

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When Travis came back from his halftime bathroom run, he brought back a “treat” for himself.

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After halftime, it was time for more football. I sure do wish I could remember what was going on in this play- it is kind of funny looking to me…

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Again, Houston has the ball…

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Eventually, this exciting play happens…

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TOUCHDOWN SOUTH ALABAMA!!!!

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Here is #11 again…

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One of the last pictures that Travis took that night was of some of the NC State male cheerleaders. This photo cracks me up. 🙂

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Eventually, the 4th quarter started and the score was 35-10. We watched South make a field goal and then decided to head on to the car so we could beat traffic. We finished listening to the game on the radio. When we got to our car I had a good laugh at the lady parked beside us. She sat (with her dog) under their tailgating tent the entire game and watched the game on the scoreboard’s BIG screen. HA HA!!

It was SOOOOO much fun and I hope that I can go back and see them play next year when USA returns to Raleigh on September 15, 2012 (which I anticipate will, once again, be military appreciation night.) GO JAGS!!