Columbia, SC (WLTX) - Texas Governor Rick Perry is in town to, among other things, watch Texas A&M play South Carolina.
And he's hoping to leave the city with a little souvenir: a trophy commemorating a win for the Aggies.
The teams play Thursday night at Williams-Brice Stadium, the first-ever meeting between the schools of what will now be a yearly game.
For this newly formed SEC rivalry, a memento called "The Bonham Trophy" was created, something Perry, a Texas A&M alum, had a hand in. It honors James Butler Bonham, a South Carolina native who went to USC and died at The Alamo.
Whichever team wins the game gets to keep the trophy for one year in their respective governor's mansion.
Perry said he knows governors usually have bets over barbeque or some other item, but he wanted something more.
"I said oh no, let's bet this trophy, let's have a real bet on something that really matters," he explains. "I thought that is exactly the right kind of trophy for the South Carolina-Texas A&M game. Two states that respect each other greatly, we compete against each other but at the end of the day, freedom-loving places that a lot of Americans want to live in today."
He says this game is something the Aggie fan base has been looking forward to.
"We've been excited ever since we heard that South Carolina and Texas A&M were going to be playing each other every year, he said. "I think it will end up being one of the great rivalries in American football. Coach [Steve] Spurrier, he's a legend. He's a good man, great coach..getting to play against against a team that Steve Spurrier coached is a real honor."
But that admiration only goes only so far: Perry hopes his team comes out on top.
"That's not to say we don't hope to outscore him substantially," he joked.
And the governor already knows what he's hoping to do with the Bonham Trophy, if he can get it. "I got room in the plane to go back with me."