Longhorn football fans tailgate before season opener

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by SHANNON MURRAY / KVUE and KVUE.com

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Posted on August 31, 2013 at 6:23 PM

Updated Saturday, Aug 31 at 6:24 PM

AUSTIN -- Longhorn fans flocked to Darrell K. Royal - Texas Memorial Stadium on Saturday in a sea of burnt orange for the first Texas football game of the season against the New Mexico State University Aggies.

Texas Tailgaters say they've been looking forward to this day and they have high expectations for this season.

"We are going to take the Big 12, beat OU and beat Alabama in the national championship game," said Longhorn fan Brandon Boyd.

For Texas fans, tailgating not only provides a way to celebrate before football games - it's also a way to reconnect and come together in support of the team.

"Always a great, fun time - you get to see all of your friends from college and UT spirit is awesome," said fan Erika Kenney.

After three straight rocky seasons, everyone was excited about the possibilities of the 2013 team.

"I bought my tickets for this game probably, like, a month ago and I'm incredibly excited for the first game of the season," said UT fan Alex Siegler.

Saturday's game isn't just fun for the fans - it's also big business for Austin's bars and restaurants. Shannon Murray will have that story on KVUE News Nightbeat at 10 p.m.

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