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Twistered

2 Oct

Texas 17, Iowa State 7 

Sept. 28, 2017 • Ames, Iowa

For this (thankfully) rare Thursday night game, I resorted to Bugles, a.k.a. “hats for your fingers,” because they resemble cyclones. This one turned out to be a ride fit for a twister, with great plays offset by boneheaded moves, crushing defensive lapses undone by instant replay.

To repeat DKR’s oft-quoted line: “Ol’ ugly is better than ol’ nothing.” And whadyaknow, we’re undefeated in conference play!

Hook ’em!

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The Eyes Have It

27 Jun

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Texas 27, Iowa State 6

Oct. 15, 2016 • DKR

After a three-game losing streak, all eyes were on Eye-owa State. Now that the Horns were finally back home, could they get back to their winning ways?

It had been more than a month since we’d won a game, so this victory was sweet! What made it extra special: It was my grand nephew’s first Texas game AND the Alumni Band performance, too!

 

Ay-yi-EYE

6 Nov

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Iowa State 24, Texas 0

Oct. 31, 2015 • Ames, Iowa

Game? WHAT game? All I saw was some kind of costume party with a bunch of strangers wearing my team’s clothes. Ugh.

But hey, my chocolate eyeball EYEowa State Texas looks pretty good, huh?

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It’s a Twister

19 Oct

Texas 48, Iowa State 45

Oct. 18, 2014 • DKR
 

The twisty red candy that spelled TEXAS this week paid tribute to the weather phenomenon that represents Iowa State. And twisters were appropriate for this game: Our stomachs were all tied up and twisted until that last field goal sailed through the uprights.

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All Eyes on ‘Eye-owa’

6 Oct

TEXAS_isu13Texas 31, Iowa State 30

Oct. 3, 2013 • Ames, Iowa
 

The last time the Horns played a Thursday night, non-Thanksgiving game was way back in 1993, and since that was pre-marriage/kids/mortgage, it seems like a lifetime ago.

Speaking of lifetimes, this game nearly ended mine. I didn’t tweet this, but I concur: “Death by Texas football. That’s how I’m going to go.”

There were so many moments that nearly did me in: too many third-down completions short of the first down, a “Hail Mary” to end the first half, a stupid late hit in the endzone, a couple of fumbles… Oh, the fumbles! That potential fumble on the goal line that the refs called down? The replay official did not find sufficient video evidence to overturn the call, so the Horns kept possession. That led to Case’s winning TD late in the game. (It’s a good thing the Twitterverse did not get to make that call because it would’ve—rightly—gone the other way.) But even after that bit of drama, with less than a minute to go, the palpitations kept coming as Iowa State marched down toward field goal range.  It wasn’t until Jackson Jeffcoat intercepted a deflected pass that Longhorn Nation could at last exhale—and finally drop the defibrillator paddles.

Sheesh. Enough of that.  Even while we kept our eyes on Iowa State, the best thing to watch in our living room Thursday night was our little Daisy:

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For ISU and DKR

10 Nov

Texas 33, Iowa State 7

Nov. 10, 2012 • DKR

First there were the “rib-I’s” on the grill. Then we had “Eye-owa State.” But this year, it was time to use ISU’s mascot to spell Texas!

What’s that? They’re the Cyclones? Maybe so, but this guy is their on-field mascot:

It’s a bird! With a maniacal grin! And teeth! If I were a crazy grinning cardinal with teeth who’s supposed to represent a weather phenomenon, I’d be pretty angry.

Voila! It’s ANGRY BIRDS!

For this early game, Ryan and I didn’t make it to our tailgate spot, so we spelled Texas at another fitting locale:

Beneath the giant star at the Bullock Texas State History Museum.

Speaking of stars and history, we lost a true Texas icon earlier in the week. Darrell K Royal IS Texas football. Not only did he guide the Horns to three national championships, but he did much to establish the traditions we enjoy today. After Texas jerseys had varied from brighter to darker oranges, it was DKR who decided once and for all that burnt orange would be OURS. Even our familiar Longhorn logo owes its design to Coach Royal. So on this special Saturday, when 100,000+ people would remember Coach in the stadium that bears his name, I felt compelled to spell this:

Yes, it’s silly and trivial, but my motives were sincere. So much of what I love about my Horns I owe to Coach Royal’s influence.

In the first quarter, Coach Mack Brown honored DKR by using Royal’s much-loved wishbone formation on our first offensive play.

Royal was famous for his many sayings, including this one: “I’ve always felt that three things can happen when you throw the football, and two of them are bad.” Well, our play callers decided to double our chances of success by calling a double pass on this opening play!

Here’s video a fan (with much better seats that ours) shot:

Later, the Longhorn Band presented its traditional Veterans Day recognition before honoring Royal in the halftime show:

(Another video I didn’t shoot! Thank you, aramarie1!)

The game was filled with tributes to our legendary coach. Another example: Before the LHB played “Wabash Cannonball” (as it does at the beginning of every fourth quarter), it was explained that DKR loved this song! That’s why the band started playing it all those years ago.

Of course, the greatest tribute was that big ol’ W.

Other highlights:

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Eye-owa State

1 Oct

Texas 37, Iowa State 14

Oct. 1, 2011 • Ames, Iowa

While the eyes of Texas were on the Horns and Cyclones in Ames, my eyes were on my son’s high school band. I was sitting in a University of Texas stadium, but this one was in Arlington with nary a football in sight.

Typically it stresses me out to miss seeing a UT game, but the Horns had a 34-0 lead by halftime and Ryan’s marching band ended up placing third in the prestigious contest. “All I do is WIN…”