The Lone Star Showdown

By Haley Hartwick

This year marks the 117th rivalry game between Texas and Texas A&M. This rivalry dates all the way back to 1894 and is the longest-running, third most played rivalry in Division I-A college football. The teams have played each other every year since 1894 with the exception of six seasons, with Texas holding 75 wins against A&M, A&M with 37 wins against Texas and 5 ties.

In 2004, the schools started competition that let their rivalry reach to more sports than football and is known as the Lone Star Showdown. When the two schools compete against each other in a sport the winner of the matchup gets a point. At the end of the year the school with the most points wins the challenge and receives the Lone Star Showdown Trophy.

Some annual pre-game rituals that take place before the game are the classic Aggie Bonfire (Which is just a pep rally now due to the bonfire collapse in 1999), The Hex Rally (Texas Pep Rally), and there has even been kidnapping of each other’s mascots in the past. This year A&M is ahead of the Longhorns with 7 wins out 10 games this season and Texas with only 4 wins out of 10 games. Looks like Texas could be in some trouble this Turkey Day. The big game will take place on Thanksgiving Day at 7pm in Austin, Texas at DKR – Texas Memorial Stadium.