SMU is a very nice campus. It is quite picturesque and was all set up for some serious tailgating.
walked around the outside of Apogee Stadium to get to the Mean Joe Greene statue. I have to say, the action was quite robust for a Thursday night, IN THE COLD. There was quite a bit of tailgating…
After the bookstore, we headed out on our self guided tour. There were plenty of campus maps to guide us as we walked around aimlessly. USF was actually quite helpful by putting the names of the buildings in bold letters on the top of each building so we only had to make up half the stuff we were telling Debra and Haley.
Our seats were in the upper bowl. The ramp to the upper bowl, was at a 75 degree grade. You could use this ramp as a ski jump. Texas, please take note. We were in our seats in enough time to take in all the pre game festivities, including The Pride of the Southland Band. Al likes bands.
With all due respect to the Sun Belt and its member institutions, the facilities at Arkansas State befit an institution in a higher weight class. Although to be fair, this is our first Sun Belt trip, so we may be completely off base and victim of reputational bias.
The 2018 Quest season gets underway with a Week 0 contest at UMass. Yes, that is correct, Week 0. Four games will be played on this weekend, and we are headed to the first that will kick off. UMass presented us with an opportunity that could not be passed up by the powers that be at Quest Headquarters, a game before school starts for our kids.
Al’s awesome idea for this trip was to get a boat to take us to the game and tailgate. There are only a few schools in the nation where you can dock at the stadium.
I am not going to say too much about the game. I did not get the new Florida offense I was hoping for with Randy Shannon replacing Coach Mac.
The game started out well for Ball State as the first quarter went the way of the Cardinals leading to a 7-3 Ball State lead. This turned in the 2Q as Toledo scored 3 touchdowns to lead 24-10 at the half.
I do have one question for the USU coaching staff…The final USU drive began with USU up 45-28 and 7:10 on the clock. This drive would eventually consume 16 plays, 94 yards, and 6:11 in time of possession, ultimately resulting in a touchdown.