As always, the Wife and I were in Section 127 (upper deck eastside at about the 28 yard line). As usual, I brought a camera with me to take some pictures.
We started at the north gate to see the coaches and players walk in.
A Saturday of upsets and near upsets.
Fifth ranked Oklahoma State lost to unranked Houston by two scores. Freshman quarterback Tate Forcier lead his rebuilding Michigan team to a four point victory over 18th ranked Notre Dame. Number 21 Georgia slips by South Carolina. Eleventh ranked LSU can't put away Vanderbilt until midway through the fourth quarter. And third ranked USC needs a game saving touchdown late in the fourth quarter to beat Ohio State.
And for thirty minutes in the rarified air of Laramie, Wyoming, much of the Longhorn Nation wondered if Texas was destined to join the mighty fallen in the second week of the season.
I've been going to Texas Longhorns football games for quite a few years now, and I can't remember a season opener with such comfortable weather. The temperature was mild, and the little bit of rain we got felt nice and wasn't enough to actually wet anyone down.
Prior to the game, the Wife and I watched the Longhorn players and coaches enter the stadium. Then it was up to the University of Texas Club for some pre-game food.
Wednesday evening, the Texas Longhorns football team held an open practice at Frank Denius Fields (southeast corner of 26th Street and Red River) from 7pm to 9pm. Although it was raining prior to the practice and for the first thirty minutes of the practice), it looked like as many as two thousand people showed up.
I stayed for the first hour and came home with the following pictures.
ESPN is now ranking Lake Travis quarterback, and Texas Longhorns commit, Garrett Gilbert as the top quarterback in the country, according to InsideTexas.com (hat tip to Amy for the link). Gilbert also moved to the fifth spot overall among high school seniors.
Last week, Gilbert was named the Gatorade Player of the Year. Past winners of the award include Peyton Manning (1993) and Emmitt Smith (1986). With one game left this season, he has passed for 4,484 yards and 51 …
Future Texas Longhorn QB Garrett Gilbert took the field for the first time at Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium for the first of many Saturdays to come, and his Lake Travis Cavaliers routed the Killeen Kangaroos by a score of 71-9 in the State 4A Quarterfinals.
Gilbert threw for 360 yards and four touchdowns. Unfortunately, he also accounted for two interceptions and two fumbles. Lake Travis rolled for 621 yards total offense and never had to punt.