Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Remember When: 2006 Texas Bowl

The RU crew pregame in a downtown Houston bar 

From time to time, the research team here at will dig into the archives to find memorable trips and tailgates from Rutgers seasons past to look back on. As we are without a bowl game to attend this year, we look back to the end of the storied 2006 season when a 10-2 Rutgers team went to Houston to face Kansas State in the inaugural Texas Bowl.  Hard to believe it has been nine years since our tailgating crew went on their first bowl game in mass, planting the seeds that would grow into our current twenty plus group.

Welcome to the Nudie Dome!

At the time of this trip, there was no BREP concept, BRES was 3 years old,  and our group had 3 season tickets that year. The anticipation of possibly seeing Rutgers first bowl victory EVER in the football program's then 137 year history, as well as playing at the brand new Reliant Stadium, was too much to pass up. Basil was also flush with ideas on how to renovate the adjacent, recently vacated Astrodome (another story for another time). It was a cool experience to stay in the same hotel as the team with most of the rooms taken by RU fans, and we even got to share an elevator ride with Randall, the Rutgers alum who won The Apprentice that year.

Waiting for a ride 
Camped out in the Rutgers Alumni tent

After spending some time in  downtown Houston having a few cocktails, we took to the Houston rails to get over to the Rutgers Alumni tent to get fired up for the big game.

What is bowl game without Gun Ho? 
Group shot outside the stadium 

On our way into the stadium we ran into possibly the #1 Rutgers fans we know. It truly wouldn't have been a a big game if Dennis's parents weren't there, (obviously without Dennis). Bill also did  a great job of getting us club level access seating. 

The group settled into our box seats 

The RU team didn't disappoint, putting up a memorable performance in front of a sea of Scarlet clad fans who made the trip for a cap to a great football season.


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