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Planting Seeds of Hope

15 Nov

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Texas 24, Kansas 17

Nov. 23, 2018 • Lawrence, Kansas

All we needed was one more win to make it to the Big 12 Championship in Arlington, and Kansas was next up on the schedule. No sweat, right? At first, it looked like we would coast into AT&T Stadium, leading 21-0 after three quarters. But the Jayhawks made it interesting, closing the gap in the fourth. The Horns held on to escape the Sunflower State with a win, and our tickets for the conference championship were punched.

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Winds of Change

15 Nov

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Texas 24, Iowa State 10

Nov. 17, 2018 • DKR

The Cyclones blew into town, but the Horns, still sailing on the strong West Texas win from the previous week, withstood the storm. Our guys never trailed in this one, and with a win, came to within one win from clinching a spot in the Big 12 championship game.

21_group232_friendsThe win (and fireworks!) capped off a fantastic day. My niece’s family joined us at Bevo Blvd. and the tailgate, and because this was our home finale, we relished our time with our football family, too.

The last home game is always sad, but it’s a good time to recognize how lucky we are to have shared those special moments on the Forty. 

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Lovin’ Lubbock

15 Nov

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Texas 41, Texas Tech 34

Nov. 10, 2018 • Jones AT&T Stadium, Lubbock

Ever since Katie moved to Lubbock for college, I’ve been fortunate to attend several Tech games on the South Plains. 

Pregame we feasted on the ATX original, Chuy’s, and relied on bona-fide Lubbock tortillas to spell Texas. Then we joined a friend’s tailgate and tried to keep warm in that West Texas wind.

Once inside the stadium, we found our seats on row 42. That’s when we discovered that the Longhorn Band went up to row 37! Being that close to so many sousaphones—yes, all 21(!!!) of them—meant we were all about that bass.

12_bwahahaThis time, the Horns were the ones with the late TD to secure the win. Sam hit Lil’Jordan Humphrey for the game-winner with 21 seconds left, saving many tortillas in the process. (After witnessing the flinging throughout the game, we were amused to see this dire warning on our way out!)

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The Hat at Home

15 Nov

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Texas 23, Baylor 17

Oct. 13, 2018 • DKR

07_rkc-hatAfter the previous week’s big win over our biggest rival, Bevo Blvd. was rockin’! Ryan and Katie were with me to see Bevo’s grand entrance, and then we got to pose with the star of the moment, the Golden Hat trophy. 

Later, I ran into an old friend from church, and then we caught wind that online quiz show host Scott Rogowsky, the HQ-tie himself, was at the Chase booth, we managed to find him in the crowd for selfies.

In the game, QB Shane Buechele came up big, helping us get a good lead at the half that Baylor couldn’t quite overcome.

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Dicker the Kicker

15 Nov

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Texas 48, ou 45 

Oct. 6, 2018 • Cotton Bowl, Dallas

What. A. Day.

15_moresmilesESPN’s College Gameday AND Fox’s College Football Saturday were at the fairgrounds for this showdown. The band serenaded us near the Gameday set, and over with the Fox guys, we saw Matt Leinert hanging out with his daddy, VY. (I kid, I kid…)

After our traditional Texas-ou breakfast (Fletcher’s corny dogs—duh), we headed to our usual meet-up spot (the food court, near the cheap beer stand). At our table, we soaked in the atmosphere as we stacked up those wax cups. 

After all that hype, you’d think the actual game would be a let-down, but no. Our guys led for most of the game until the sooners tied it up with 2:38 left. It took Cameron Dicker’s 40-yard field goal with 9 seconds left to put the Horns on top. But even before the snap, a legend was born with these 2 epic seconds of screen time:

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Because it was an 11 o’clock kick, we stayed at the fair a bit after the game. We checked out the butter sculpture and the creative arts pavilion, but the best thing we saw all day was that stunning Golden Hat.

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And for the family archives: For this Red River Rivalry, we hosted a gaggle of Ryan’s college friends at our house the Friday before the game. It was fun to see him and his friends hangin’ out just like we had a decade or three ago.

Rockin’ the Rickel

14 Nov

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Texas Volleyball 3 sets, TCU 2 

Oct. 3, 2018 • The Rickel, TCU, Fort Worth

Getting to attend a volleyball match on a school night is exactly why I was thrilled when TCU joined the Big 12. 

The Horns won the first two sets 25-23 and 25-22. After those close sets, it wasn’t that surprising when TCU won sets 3 and 4 25-20 and 25-18. The Horns took the fifth set 15-12, and the burnt orange faithful went home happy. 

All that—and Brett and I were on TV!

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Comeback Cats

14 Nov

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Texas 19, Kansas State 14

Sept. 29, 2018 • Manhattan, Kansas

We felt pretty good about the 19-point lead, but then the Wildcats came roaring back, scoring 14 unanswered. The Horns held on, and our guys found a W in the “Little Apple.”

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A Leg to Stand On

14 Nov

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Texas 31, TCU 16 

Sept. 22, 2018 • DKR

The grilled frog legs at the tailgate were pretty darn tasty, but beating the Frogs was even more delicious!

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Rubber Match

14 Nov

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Texas 37, USC 14 

Sept. 15, 2018 • DKR

In 2017, the Horns rebounded from a disappointing loss to Maryland by coming THIS CLOSE to beating the favored SC Trojans. Some might call it a moral victory, but as encouraging as it was, it still counted as an L.

Because of that, the hype for the Trojans’ 2018 visit to Austin was off the charts. Pregame, Nissan’s Heisman House was on the 40, hosting our own Ricky Williams. Once again Bevo Bold was hoppin’, and a huge crowd migrated from the streets to the stands, ready for a great game.

Boy, did our Horns deliver!

A record crowd—including Trojan-conqueror Vince Young—watched the Horns get win #900 handily. What an amazing day!

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Dodging the Sucker Punch

14 Nov

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Texas 28, Tulsa 21 

Sept. 8, 2018 • DKR

After the disappointing loss to Maryland, the Horns came back in the home opener to beat the Tulsa Golden Hurricane. As mighty winds blow, so did our defense. After shutting out Tulsa in the first half, we gave up 21 points in the second. Thank goodness for Sam & Co. managing to score in the fourth to keep our Horns on top.

The game might not have been the show of power we were expecting, but Bevo Blvd. certainly displayed all that is great about Texas football! With vendors and games and “Longhorn City Limits” music, the pregame party was a fitting celebration of the reunion that is a Longhorns home game.

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