Gamecock fans take to the steps of the State House before Texas A&M's 'Midnight Yell.' (Source: WIS)
Officers remove Gamecock fans from State House steps. (Source: WIS)
A Texas A&M yell leader at the South Carolina State House. (Source: WIS)
COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) -
At midnight, the South Carolina State House was invaded by Texas A&M Aggies, but not before Gamecock Nation made its voice heard.
Texas A&M fans started showing up to the steps of the historic building more than an hour early.
But Gamecocks soon showed up too. In fact, at first they tried to highjack the yell practice, walking up the steps of the State House and chanting.
Things began for Aggie fans after Department of Public Safety officers removed a big group of USC students and alumni.
Aggie yell leaders in their overalls led a number of yells, insulted U-S-C, the football team, even the state house itself.
One yell leader tells WIS that it's all in good fun as a new rivalry in the SEC is born.
"It's one of our traditions that goes back a long ways," said Patrick McGinty. "Don't take any offense to anything we said. One of our core values at Texas A&M is respect. We try to exhibit that in everything we do, and this yell practice is just a chance for us to poke some fun at y'all and get the Aggies fired up for the game."
"They came here to intimidate us, but it actually seemed more like a gathering," said USC student Jacob Elsey. "I met a lot of really nice A&M fans, and it was kind of cool to see our students meet their fans, and it was a pretty fun experience. Their cheers were honestly pretty cool."
The event ended without incident, and it seems fans on both sides were generally pretty respectful.
Texas Governor Rick Perry, who is in town for the game and is a former Aggie yell leader, didn't show up for the midnight yell.
A lot of the Gamecocks said they heard about this event on social media, and they say it's pretty impressive that that many Gamecocks did make it out to cheer on their team too.