COLUMBIA, Mo. — SEC! SEC! Rang throughout Columbia Saturday night as the No. 5 Missouri Tigers football team took down Johnny Football and the Aggies. Although there was a bit of a delayed response by the student section, they didn’t disappoint the TV cameras and eventually rushed the field to celebrate the school’s first trip to the SEC football championship game.
The day brought thousands of Mizzou and A&M fans alike to Columbia, Mo. Here are a few of those I had the pleasure of meeting along the way, as I tried to document through photos my game-day experience.
Chris McKinney (center) and his tiger striped pants made the trip from St. Louis to tailgate with friends and fellow Mizzou alumni. Pictured, from left, Andrew Lee and Mary Lovelace join McKinney at their Tiger tailgate.
Mizzou alum Jay Ott (left) and friend Andy Rieger gave me a lesson in Kan Jam, a game they said a friend picked up from Chicago. The objective of the game is to throw the frisbee into the top of a short open barrel or into a slit in the barrel, which results in a win. The rest of the game is much like washers or bags, where you play to 21 and your partner at the opposite barrel can knock it in the top opening for one point or you can hit the barrel with the frisbee for two points.
A&M and Mizzou fans tailgated side-by-side Saturday and brought their respective school swag along to help them represent.
Pictured, from left, Gabe, Brooke Holley, Mary Kate and Jack Burgess take time out from their pickup football game for a photo op with their Tiger hats. The Burgesses are from Bentonville, Ark., and say they are looking forward to coming back next year for the newly established Arkansas/Mizzou rivalry game.
Missouri seniors Sean Conway (left) and Thaddeus Sherwood arrive at the Mizzou tailgate scene in style. If you are wondering where you can get your hands on Conway’s snazzy Mizzou hat, he says you can pick it up at the MU Bookstore.
Christmas came early in more ways than one for the Prichard family Saturday. Tom and Sheila Prichard (center) brought their Christmas lights and wreath to their third generation Tiger tailgate, equipped with a pretty grand feast as well.
Fans gathered around a stadium tailgate spot to watch the final seconds of the Alabama/Auburn game before heading into Faurot Field.
I am getting ready for the start of Saturday’s game.
The Brewer family was seeing double Saturday as both their Auburn and Missouri Tigers won in grandiose fashion, but they were able to see the Missouri Tigers win in person. The Brewers are originally from Auburn, Ala., and now reside in Lee’s Summit, Mo. They say they probably will stay true to their roots and root for the Auburn Tigers in an Auburn/Mizzou matchup.
Mizzou students and fans rush the field Saturday after the Tiger win. Teryn is a FOX Sports Midwest Girl as well as a multimedia journalist, web editor, video and still photographer, video editor & writer for the Republic-Times newspaper in the greater St. Louis area.
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