During my five years at the University of Texas, I played in some of the most iconic football venues in the nation — the Cotton Bowl, the Rose Bowl, AT&T Stadium, to name a few. We played for bragging rights and national championships alike. But the most difficult place to play was undoubtedly Kyle Field, home of the Aggies.

It turns out that the 12th man is actually a real thing (and that’s why Aggies won’t stop talking about it).

The first time I played at Kyle Field was 2007. We were 9-2, poised for an at-large bid to another BCS game. The Aggies were a middle-of-the-road Big 12 team. They had lost four of their last five games and were on the verge of firing Dennis Franchione. Position by position, they were outmatched. On paper it shouldn’t have been much of a game.

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