Posted by ESPN.com’s Graham Watson
When Houston players reported for their 6 a.m. workout Monday, there was a line of students and fans waiting to greet them.
They were in line trying to get tickets for Saturday’s sold-out game against Texas Tech. The school held 1,500 student tickets that went on sale at 8 a.m. Monday.
“Today was a scene,” running back Bryce Beall said. “I wake up at 6 o’clock in the morning to work out and there are people fighting to get the last ticket to this next game. I’ve never seen it like that. There were people outside the basketball arena, the line was so long.”
Houston football has created a buzz around the city after its upset of then-No. 5 Oklahoma State two weeks ago. The Cougars also are ranked in the national polls for the first time since 1999. Houston was ranked No. 17 in the Associated Press poll, which was released Sunday.
Houston had a bye last week and will meet the Red Raiders for the first time since 1995, when both teams were members of the Southwest Conference.
Houston is expecting a record crowd for the game. This game will be just the fourth time in the history of Robertson Stadium that the crowd has topped more than 30,000. During the 2006 Conference USA championship game, 31,818 watched Houston defeat Southern Miss, 34-20.
“For our players that’s a huge deal,” coach Kevin Sumlin said of the sellout. “It really, really, really makes them feel great and appreciated. That’s what everybody wants. From where I sit, just looking at our players come in and out of the building and seeing all their friends and people they go to class with, waiting in line just to get tickets to see them play can do nothing but help them.”