Tuanh Dam of the Daily Bruin, UCLA’s student media publication, wrote this week that there is no comparison between UCLA and Texas A&M.
“Unlike Westwood,” Dam said, “the pride and spirit from the Aggie faithful seeps into College Station and the local businesses.”
The Bruin was blown away by the wild fan support the Aggies have, from midnight yell practice to the cannon fire after touchdowns to the maroon stripes on local Whataburger restaurants.
The wild atmosphere created by Aggie fans contributed to an off day from Rosen. The sophomore was 26-of-46 passing with one touchdown and three interceptions. The Texas A&M defense also sacked Rosen five times.
“This little corner of Texas, 95 miles north of Houston, embodies the SEC standard – one then-No.15 Arizona State couldn’t keep up with last year and UCLA wasn’t ready for either,” Dam said.
The Bruins were able come back from a 15-point deficit and force overtime, but the Aggies prevailed. Fittingly, they won on a fourth down stop where they pressured Rosen and forced him into a difficult throw. While he said he wasn’t worried about playing at Kyle Field or taking on an SEC defense, Rosen was obviously affected.
Dam was too.
“The SEC teams and fans are not an easy thing to deal with,” he said.