Saturday, October 07, 2006

Maniacs out in full force

Cal Poly head football coach Rich Ellerson called it the “best student crowd I’d ever seen.”
More than 8,400 fans in all, with the most vociferous of them all (a.k.a. the students) jam packed into the bleachers beyond both end zones for the sold-out showdown with rival UC Davis.
The Mustang Maniacs were just that, maniacs.
Chanting, singing, dancing along with the band, serenading the Mustangs to a 23-17 victory in Alex G. Spanos Stadium.
The green sea of fans booed and heckled the UC Davis players and their Aggie Pack supporters … even taking it a bit too far, cheering when UC Davis quarterback Jon Grant had the wind knocked out of him on a first-half carry – a low point in what otherwise was an impressive showing by Cal Poly’s sometimes dormant fan base.
“It was great, just great,” Ellerson said. “You know, we’re way over there (in front of the empty west concourse) and it’s still loud. They were definitely into it tonight.”

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