UT fans tailgate on Thanksgiving


by MELISSA MAHADEO / KVUE News with Photojournalist Derek Rasor


Posted on November 22, 2012 at 6:31 PM

AUSTIN -- The sea of burnt orange, games and outdoor cooking are obvious signs of a UT game being played. But Thursday wasn't just any game day - it was Thanksgiving.

Fans KVUE spoke with said not to worry about them. They wrapped up turkeys, tailgating and thanks all into one event.

“I haven't missed a home game yet and I am not going to start now,” UT senior Tim Travis said. “We got a fried turkey. We have two more turkeys coming. We got a ham. We are having Thanksgiving out here.”

Travis, his family and his friends could be seen tailgating near UT early Thursday. They all planned to go to the game that evening.  

“I like football and I do love a good turkey,” UT fan Tyler Warden said.

“We grew up watching the Cowboys and Longhorns play on Thanksgiving, every Thanksgiving no matter where we were at,” Trey Swor said. His wife, their 15-month-old son and parents are all tailgating before the game.

This year UT takes on TCU for their homecoming game. The rivalry may have changed from traditionally playing Texas A&M, but most said they don't mind it. 

They said for them, it just matters that Thanksgiving always includes watching the Longhorns play.

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