Longhorn fans celebrate big win


by TINA SHIVELY / KVUE News and Photojournalist KENNETH NULL

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Posted on October 12, 2013 at 10:26 PM

Updated Monday, Oct 14 at 8:39 AM

AUSTIN -- Thousands of Texas Longhorn fans made the trip to catch the Red River Rivalry in person at the Cotton Bowl. But it wasn't hard to find others glued to the game all over Austin.

If you love the Longhorns you'll find a way to watch the big game. That's a point proven by the hundreds of fans who took a break from the Austin City Limits Festival to watch the big game in the new Barton Springs Beer Hall.

"I dont see too many OU fans so it's a good spot to be," Ryan Derickson said.

Even the vendors snuck away to get a glance at the game.

"Craft beers everywhere, waiters to wait on us, two big screens to watch the horns. I am loving this," said artist Bill Stidham. "When the Texas/OU game is on I have to watch my Longhorns."

Others planned their day at the music festival around the Red River Rivalry. Lydia Lewis said spending time at the tent was really the best of both worlds.

"I'm glad they have this. That's why we came because we knew it was on here and we got parking outside so we're good," she said.

All around Austin friends gathered to watch UT take home the trophy.

"I like the energy, I like the charge and I'm glad I'm not up in Dallas dealing with it," Lisa Williamson said.

Staying close to home was always part of the plan for Williamson and her friend Denise Huebner. They joined a group at Mister Tramps Sports Bar on Research Boulevard.

"I was worried going into it, but they showed up to play and they played hard and they shoved 'em off and we won, so I'm ecstatic," said Huebner.

It wasn't hard to pinpoint the best part of this game for most Texans.

"Probably Oklahoma losing. Probably even more than UT winning but I'm happy for UT folks," said Cort Laurence.

Lawrence doesn't usually back the burnt orange; he roots for the Baylor Bears. He watched the game Saturday to see if Coach Mack Brown could bring home the win and keep his job.

"I don't want y'all coming and getting our [Coach Art] Briles. So I was like 'Yeah, four more years!' So hopefully they'll keep him around and stay away from my guy."

Many fans tell KVUE they saw this game as a major hurdle. They hope the upset could put the Longhorns on the path to the Big 12 championship.