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Inside the Midnight Yell, a College Football Tradition Unlike Any Other


Eighteen hours before kickoff 40,000 people filled the stands at Kyle Field for a Texas A&M tradition, the Midnight Yell.  Last night I was one of a few hundred visiting fans who witnessed the tradition for the first time.

A glorified pep rally, it’s difficult to truly capture the scale of the Yell.  Kyle Field is a coliseum.  Like the Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, it’s impossible to capture the magnitude of the stadium and the fans in the stands with pictures.

Fans began gathering around 11:30 local time to get the best seats in the house.  Once the clock struck midnight, an A&M Yell Leader began with a cheer, followed by a little corny trash-talk.

“We’ll show Kentucky what a football school looks like!”  Most of the mocking was directed toward the “basketball school,” before the A&M basketball team was introduced to the crowd.

When they weren’t taking jabs at the basketball school, they were calling out Benny Snell.  “They’re a one-trick pony.  He’s good, but he’s never played against a defense that slowed down Clemson and Alabama.”

It was odd to hear fans cheer about losses, but I can’t blame them for enjoying the moral victories.  Of course, they also brought up the Bear.  “We beat Kentucky so bad on their own field, Bear Bryant had to leave UK for a REAL football school!”

The “real” football school had some really bad jokes.

“What’s the difference between a UK diploma and toilet paper?  The diploma doesn’t flush as well.”

Even though the mild-mannered taunts were pretty lame, the yells were impressive.  To see 40,000 people in sync is quite the sight to behold.

A&M’s chants were fine, but that wasn’t the best chant.  Whenever the crowd quieted between cheers and exclamations from the Yell Leaders, a small group of UK fans near the top of the stadium screamed, “C-A-T-S, CATS, CATS, CATS!”  They were the Real MVPs of the Midnight Yell.

Article written by Nick Roush

"Look upon the doughnut, and not upon the hole." @RoushKSR

9 responses to “Inside the Midnight Yell, a College Football Tradition Unlike Any Other”

  1. cats646

    Go cats!!!!

  2. SuperTroy18

    Gosh, it makes me so proud of BBN when I see opposing fan bases surprised that we have shown up so prolifically when we weren’t supposed to. Legendary fan base. That Vandy Gameday that we took over is the perfect example of our numbers. It’s gonna be loud for Aggies, but I expect to hear “Go Big Blue!” Late in the fourth quarter when we are in the victory formation!!!!

  3. kyle heavy

    I’ll leave this gem here:

    https://youtu.be/4KtYmyilTWs

  4. Kat4Life

    Like I said earlier….looks like a big Village People video

  5. pbsully

    Amazing that the UK Football team can make a difference at the A&M midnight Yell. A true testament to the desire of the UK fan base for quality FB team which has arrived. UK by 12.

  6. jaws2

    TRADITION!!! We’ve got what; 2 BITS? Paleeezzee!!
    Like I said on a post where everyone laughed at this. What do we have that’s CLOSE to this? The responses were birds chirping. The game cheers at A&M totally embarrasses is. They call it TRADITION!

    1. CATandMONKEY

      Why should what they do embarrass you or any other UK fan?
      Tradition doesn’t happen overnight.

      The only tradition I am concerned about developing at UK is WINNING.

  7. kuhlkat

    Stick it in your Jaws2.
    Pick another team to root for if u don’t like us

    1. jaws2

      Oh goodness, my feelings are soooooo hurt by the the KSR blue goggles “pick another team” comeback. Hell, I was going to UK games waaaaaay before you were born; Auburn, Stoll Field, 1965 or so.
      Again, we’ve had a football team for 100 YEARS, what TRADITIONS do we have? You guys saying you have to have an all time winner to have ANY kind of tradion? CMON man!!!