Missouri football in Aggieland
October 18, 2010 by Chris Dunn
I’m pretty excited that I’ve now shot college football on Texas soil. (Apart from last year’s Texas Bowl game…)
Members of the Missouri football team take the field for some pre-game drills at Kyle Field in College Station on Saturday, Oct. 16, 2010.
Jeff and I shot Missouri’s game against Texas A&M in College Station on Saturday. It was only my second time on A&M’s campus — my younger brother is a sophomore there — but I was looking forward to witnessing the Aggie spirit.
Also for the first time:
- I used my new full-frame camera.
Texas A&M junior wide receiver Jeff Fuller catches the ball for A&M's first and only touchdown against Missouri on Saturday, Oct. 16, 2010, at Kyle Field. Note: This photo has been highly sharpened, due to some backfocusing.
- I didn’t have a lens longer than my 70-200/2.8.
- Which meant I shot a lot more features than I have ever before at a football game.
Will Lowe of Houston, right, is reflected on the side of a car as he watches the Texas A&M Corps of Cadets -- the university's student military organization of 2,002 members -- marching to Kyle Field in College Station, Texas, on Saturday, Oct. 16, 2010. Texas A&M is one of five U.S. colleges classified as a senior military college and, apart from the service academies, produces the most military officers of all U.S. schools.
- It was a sunny, clear day. (With the exception of a cloudy daytime game, every other football game I’ve shot has been at night and/or indoors.)
Travis Nault, center, stands ready to sing the Aggie War Hymn as Wendell Nault, left of center, and Kevin Kenefic, right of center, remove their hats before the Texas A&M-Missouri football game at Kyle Field in College Station on Saturday, Oct. 16, 2010.
Largely because of all of the above, I had a blast photographing the game — but mostly, the game outside of the game.
Members of the Fightin' Texas Aggie Band march onto Kyle Field for the halftime show of the Texas A&M-Missouri game in College Station on Saturday, Oct. 16, 2010. With about 400 musicians -- all of whom are members of the Texas A&M Corps of Cadets -- the band is the largest military marching band in the world.
That said, it wasn’t entirely a walk in the park. Jeff and I knew the harsh shadows would present a problem, and my tan lines became just a little more ridiculous. Plus, the thundering yells from the Aggie stands were deafening and made me wonder if the Missouri players would balk in intimidation of the 80,000+ crowd.
But they didn’t. The Tiger defense didn’t allow an Aggie touchdown until the fourth quarter, by which point the Tigers had already won 30 points. Final score? 30-9.
The ball, kicked by Missouri redshirt junior placekicker Grant Ressel, is good for Missouri's last point against Texas A&M at Kyle Field on Saturday, Oct. 16, 2010.