It is not every year that the school that you are going to is able to go to a BCS game to make university history.
That is why Emma Bassette, a freshman in kinesiology, said it was a no-brainer when her friend, Taylor Scheer, a freshman in elementary education, told her that she had three extra tickets to go to the Fiesta Bowl.
“We wanted to come because it’s a once in a lifetime chance to see them play in the Fiesta Bowl,” Bassette said. “So when Taylor came to us saying that she had three extra tickets, we jumped on the opportunity.”
According to a close friend Paige Gasper, freshman in secondary education, planning the logistics of the trip were much more challenging than they expected.
“We were going to fly but we decided it would be more fun and cost efficient to drive,” Gasper said. “We had a situation that we had to change our plans, but we were lucky that Emma’s parents let us take their vehicle.”
Now that they had a vehicle, they had to decide the exact route for the trip. After talking about it, they decided that they were going to go make the trip without stopping. That plan, according to Bassette, had both its ups and downs.
“We had a flat tire before we even got out of Manhattan and had to wait three hours to get it fixed so we got separated from the other car we were traveling with,” she said. “Driving all the way through the night and not sleeping sucked. However, it was a good experience and we had a great time together. We also saw a lot of fellow fans and cacti on the way.”
Even though the trip down here was long and sometimes strenuous, now that they are in Arizona, Victoria Harshaw, freshman in family studies, said that the trip was definitely worth it.
“We’re excited to experience Phoenix and the atmosphere of the game and pep rally,” Harshaw said. “Being so far away from home and on our own is definitely exciting as well.”
The only thing that could make this trip even better is a K-State win in the Fiesta Bowl, and Scheer is confident that this will happen.
“I’m confident we will win because we are K-State and we’re always confident in our team, and because we have Collin Klein as a strong leader,” she said.
Opening kickoff for the Fiesta Bowl is scheduled for Thursday at 7:30 p.m. on ESPN.