Road to Pasadena is long, but worth it (PHOTOS)

Published: Thursday, January 9, 2014 at 04:51 PM.

"It was electrifying. It was crazy in the stadium. I never gave up. When we started turning it around in the second half, it really got the momentum going," she said.

The best for her was seeing Bobby Bowden walk out on the field as honorary team captain, and seeing Renegade gallop out and stand in front of the team. It took three days to transport Renegade out west, where he was housed with the LAPD's horses.

"It was cool to see him there," she said.

The game's ending, though, was the momentous high.

"We were all jumping up and down and screaming, and someone behind me threw his drink, but we didn't care. I never gave up hope… .” Beverly said.

Back at their hotel, the Schmitts celebrated with close friends staying at the same hotel, who happened to be there supporting their team — Auburn.  

I would not have missed it for the world," said Beverly.

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