"It's a pretty daunting task to carry on a tradition like we have here," says fifth-year senior quarterback Brian Higgins. "There's pressure from students, fans and alumni. We're always hearing about the streak. But I think it's made us better because it's made us work harder."
Linfield's football pride has extended beyond campus to the roughly 22,000 residents of McMinnville. Games at Maxwell Field are almost always sold out, and GO CATS signs appear in shops up and down Baker Street, the main thoroughfare. Not even a World Series MVP performance by a Linfield alum and McMinnville resident—the New York Yankees' Scott Brosius—has been bigger than the streak.
Maybe that explains the jubilant scene at Maxwell Field following the victory over Willamette. After the final buzzer the Linfield students did something that would have made the folks at Notre Dame proud: They tore down the goalposts. Who says this isn't the big time?