ASU Celebrates First Win of the Season

September 2, 2006 -- Posted at 11:13 p.m. CDT

JONESBORO, AR -- For Indian fans Saturday's game was one many had been looking forward to for a long time.  After last season's New Orleans Bowl game, fans were glad their team is finally showing what they can do.

"We're conference champions and we're undefeated in Indian Stadium.  It's just really important to get the community behind this football team," said Mary Nell Masterson.

By the turnout at the game, it seems Indian fans will be behind their team this year.

"Since we've moved to a one 'A' it's been so hard, and now that we've had some success, we have something to sell to get more fans to come and join us," said Mark Ferguson.

Before the game began the crowd was treated to military skydivers landing on the new turf in Indian Stadium.

Fans arrived early, getting ready for what they say could be the first victory for their home team.

"It's so exciting!  This is the first time in recent history that I can remember that we've started the season right here at ASU," said Doug Doggett.

While the stadium is always packed with Indian fans, the Army supporters made sure they were heard as well.  Army even got some support from retired Arkansas General Wesley Clark.

"I went to West Point and I'm proud to be from Arkansas.  To see an Arkansas team and West Point play is just really exciting," said Wesley Clark.

Clark said while he supports ASU, his loyalties do lie with Army, having spent so much time at west point.

Arkansas State's next game will be played in Little Rock at War Memorial Stadium next weekend.

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