Sunday, September 18, 2011
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Albany State supporters, from left, Betty Toomer, Mary Petty and Irma Ellison enjoy a tailgate party, which included venison stew over rice, as part of the “Old School Tailgaters” club Saturday before the start of the
ASU Golden Rams and VSU Blazers football game at ASU Coliseum.
ALBANY, Ga. — The cars were backed up all the way to Oglethorpe Rd. as Valdosta State and Albany State football fans packed into the ASU Coliseum on Saturday night.
A sea of blue and yellow flooded one side of the field, and red-clad fans packed the other side. And neither side was disappointed in the show under the lights.
Valdosta State and Albany State went toe-to-toe the entire night before the Blazers walked away with a narrow 30-27 victory.
The estimated attendance was over 10,000 — the biggest crowd for an ASU home game since the 2004 Homecoming — as bleachers on both sides of the field were packed, spilling over onto the hills in between. Both school’s bands performed at halftime, eventually combining for a joint performance.
But it was VSU quarterback Austen Roberts and his offense that ultimately stole the show.
Roberts threw for 267 yards and two touchdowns to help VSU continue its domination of the rivalry. The Blazers have now won 14 of 15 games against the Rams.