This post features a guest writer on the blog site, one of my best friends, Mollie. Unfortunately, I was unable to attend the AT&T Cotton Bowl game in Dallas showcasing the K-State Wildcats, but along with some of our other friends, Mollie was able to make the journey. I invited her to share her AT&T Cotton Bowl experience with all of you.
I am a senior at K-State graduating in May, in Public Relations with dual minors in Leadership Studies and Women Studies. I am incredibly anxious to graduate but have been working really hard to remind myself that I am still in college and can still enjoy my time, while job hunting.
This year when they announced that K-State would be going to the Cotton Bowl I immediately grabbed my phone, texting all my friends to see who would want to go. I knew it would be an experience I could not miss! It is true there might be another year when I could go cheer on the Cats at a bowl game, but never again as a student. I scurried to find tickets, a hotel and decide who would drive. Once all the details were finalized, we were bowl bound!
We drove to Dallas on Thursday night, regrettably missing the pep rally. We checked into our hotel and headed uptown to meet up with other K-Staters. It was a mix of Wildcats and Razorbacks, with fans going back and forth doing the school cheers! The fight song rang in our ears as we ended the night – it was almost game day.
Friday morning we woke up and got ready to go to the JFK Sixth Floor Museum and the grassy knoll. It was an incredible tour, as it was audio with amazing footage and photos of the event as well as the Kennedy family. We left Dallas to go to the stadium, which was covered with red and purple. As we managed to find a parking spot and head to find our friends’ tailgate, it was impossible not to notice how perfect of a day it was. The sun was out and purple was everywhere, what more could a soon to be K-State alum want? The tailgates were perfect, there were people everywhere and the smell of grilling filled the air. Stadium hot dogs are one of my favorite things so I skipped the food to wait for what I found out to be a $7.50 foot long hot dog, a bit unnecessary but still delicious.
As we took out seats, we realized how unreal they were. We were on the bottom section, Arkansas end-zone, row 13. We could practically feel the wind shift, in a domed arena, as the players ran past to start their warm ups. There were a mix of teams in the end-zone as the anticipation grew. It was hard to hear anything but we just kept screaming hoping it helped pull out a Wildcat win. An amazing Star Spangled Banner with the entire field covered with an American flag set the mood for the game, everything about this experience was going to be memorable. Kickoff started the game and we didn’t sit down until it was between quarters, or halftime. The bands played as loud and proud as they possibly could, hoping to solidify a win! They worked hard, but in the end we did not win the Cotton Bowl. I found the Razorback fans demonstrated good sportsmanship as it was a battle for both teams.
The trip was ended by a day at the Stockyards. Right when we got there a camera crew ran at us as if we were celebrities, little to our knowledge we had parked close to Khloe Kardashian. A few photo bombs later we were strolling to see what Ft. Worth had to offer. It was yet again, a memory to be made. The trip back was quick, but nothing beats taking exit 303 knowing you are home.
I will always remember this trip, I am still in college and I need to remember this. When I forget and let myself become stressed out of anxious, I will think of this trip. After all how many people can say they travel to watch the team they were raised rooting for battle at a bowl game in an NFL stadium? I am lucky to be a Wildcat, and ask everyone to cross their fingers as I start my job search!