Pockets of purple powerful presence

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    Shocked, pumped, overjoyed, proud, excited and amazed.These are some of the words used by TCU band members, fans and cheerleaders after Saturday’s season opener at Oklahoma.

    Not everyone is a huge football fan, but you would never have been able to tell at this game, band president John Parker said.

    Parker, a junior entrepreneurial management major, said he was surprised at how the TCU crowd was separated and put up high in the Oklahoma stadium seats.

    Junior cheerleader Becca Fee agreed and said,”There were only two little pockets of people in the big stadium of red, maroon and white.”

    Despite the unfavorable seating, everyone agreed that these two small groups of fans were pumped to be there – on their feet the majority of the game, giving loud and powerful cheers.

    Senior finance major Carson Caraway said his parents were sitting in the upper deck on the Oklahoma side, one of the points farthest from the TCU fans, and they said they could clearly hear the cheers from the sections of purple, word for word.

    Senior marketing major Mollie Bruss said after TCU scored in the beginning and had a few good drives, the Oklahoma crowd quieted down.

    “The OU fans weren’t as encouraging to their players, especially for a Big 12 team,” she said.

    Schuler said the Oklahoma fans were surprisingly nice and friendly toward the TCU students, even inviting her and her friends to their tailgates.

    Fee said she was excited about the outcome of the game and understands the importance of this win.

    “This game was not a fluke and gave us the boost we needed for a great season after the last one,” she said.

    Cheerleading captain Ashleigh Greathouse, a junior psychology major said, “Now a lot of eyes are on us and a lot of opponents are going to come on hard. We need to keep a level head and continue to prove we are a winning team.