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Fans Brave Cold At State Fair Classic

Thousands turn out to watch the decades-old rivalry



    Fans braved chilly temperatures at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas. (Published Sunday, Oct. 7, 2012)

    From those walking in to those sitting in the Cotton Bowl stands, everybody noticed the chill in the air. 

    For the most part many were prepared. But then were those like Triston Magnous, who wasn't ready to face the temperature drop.
    “I would have bought more,” Magnous said. “I would have brought gloves, a better hat.”
    Magnous is one of the thousands fans who turned out to watch the Grambling State University Tigers and the Prairie View A&M University Panthers game.
    The nippy air forced the Grambling State cheerleaders to wear jackets. 
    And besides warming up the instruments, the Prairie View band did some physical exercises to warm up themselves.
    The State Fair Classic includes the decades-old rivalry between the two teams on the field. And people look forward to the half time show called the "Battle of the Bands."
    Overall, the game is a big economic boost; the State Fair of Texas says that the game brings in eight million dollars for the city.

    Prairie View Defeats Grambling State

    A 75-yard kickoff return helped Prairie View win its first game of the season Saturday night, defeating Grambling State 31-14 at The State Fair Classic at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas.

    Johnta' Herbert scored a touchdown after a 75-yard kickoff return in the first quarter. He also scored after catching a 41-yard pass from Jerry Lovelocke. Later, Lovelocke kept the ball for a 1-yard run and Courtney Brown added a touchdown after a 45-yard run.

    The Panthers are now 1-5 overall and 1-3 in the SWAC.

    For the Tigers (0-5, 0-4 SWAC), their scoring came on the ground as Cedric Skinner scored on a 2-yard run and D. J. Williams on a 19-yard run. Following both, the kicks by Angelo Eave were good.

    Prairie View defeated Grambling in last season's State Fair Classic. The last time Prairie View beat Grambling in consecutive seasons was in 1963 and 1964.