COLLEGE STATION, unhealthy Tex. — Twenty minutes to midnight, health and droves stream into — not out of — the stadium. Two minutes past midnight, and everyone from the field to the upper decks suddenly knows it’s time to bend slightly and put hands upon knees to state a passage everyone also seems to know. Seventeen minutes past midnight, and there comes one of the better spectacles you’ll ever see at any hour, let alone 17 past midnight: tens of thousands interlocking arms and, often, knees, and oscillating back and forth.

Twenty-six minutes past midnight, and everybody files out neatly, occasional clots on the stairwells.

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