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Aggies Take on Rival Langston in Oklahoma A&M Showdown

By Alyssa Fox on 11/07/2018

Goodwell, Okla.— The time has come once again for red-letter rivalry as your Panhandle State Aggies are set to take on the Langston University Lions in the annual Oklahoma A&M Showdown. Both universities are representatives of the OSU A&M System and the intensive competition between the two runs deep. In 2015, the Aggies severed Langston's eight-year winning streak with a monumental victory 40-35 in Goodwell, but the Lions clawed back in 2017 to take the win.

This time-honored tête-à-tête also boasts the "Battle of the Bell," bestowing the victor with bragging rights and a commemorative victory bell. The winning team is given the honor of ringing the bell after the game, and the bell remains a traveling trophy until the teams meet again.

Head Coach Russell Gaskamp has his sights set on upcoming match-up, stating, "You always set goals for the season and our most important goal was to give ourselves a chance to play for the conference championship, and we knew we would eventually have to face Langston."

The Aggies have faced a tumultuous season, combating adversity and surmounting a slew of injuries, but each new contest has yielded a way to win, with the Aggies currently 6-1 in conference. "It says a lot about the mental toughness of our team," says Gaskamp, "I am immensely proud of them."

When the Aggies travel to Langston, Okla. To face their long-time adversary, they will need to maintain that mental toughness to take on the Lion's fanatical fan base and play through the high-emotion game. "We need to put everything into perspective, block out all the outside distractions and focus on the goal ahead," affirms Gaskamp. Attention to detail proves to be the name of the game for the red and blue this weekend, but the team is on a four-game win streak and has held their own under QB Martez Vrana.

Gaskamp is quick to acknowledge the coaching staff at Langston, with Head Coach Quinton Morgan at the helm. "They have been outstanding this year and really created a good football team," discloses Gaskamp. He continued, "As far as their personnel, it is the best we will see this year; They have a good defensive line and they have some true playmakers," noting specifically senior quarterback Jaylen Lowe, junior running back Cameron Booty, and defensive lineman Craig Evans. The Lions are undefeated in conference, currently holding the number one ranking, but the Aggies are just on the precipice at No.2. "We just have to go out there and be the more physical team," states Gaskamp.

University President Dr. Tim Faltyn expresses fervently, "We are all so proud of our team and what they have already achieved. They have overcome many obstacles and played through a very tough schedule this year. The support and excitement of our fans has built throughout the season, and it's stronger than ever heading into this game."

Langston will host the Aggies on Saturday, Nov. 10 with kickoff at 2 p.m. General admission tickets to the game are $10 and $5 for students showing their OPSU ID. Credit cards will be accepted at the ticket booth but parking for the game is noted as cash only. The Aggie Bus to Langston will be leaving the Noble Center at 8 a.m. on Saturday morning if any fans wish to follow the caravan down to the game. Live stats and streaming will be available at opsuaggies.com for those wanting to keep up with this exciting contest at home.

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