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“Texas Forever”: A senior’s reflection on his last UT home game

“Texas Forever”: A senior’s reflection on his last UT home game

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Austin Photo Set: News_Minh Vu_Last UT Home Game_Nov 2011_UT Longhorn Flags
Austin Photo Set: News_Minh Vu_Last UT Home Game_Nov 2011_UT Longhorn Flags
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In a perfect world, the Texas Longhorns would have won the last home game of my college career with a nail biting finish after a dramatic Hail Mary pass as the clock ticked to zero. The whole stadium would have gone wild and every student, alum and fan would’ve joined in and thrown up their Hook‘em for The Eyes of Texas.

But of course the world isn’t perfect and that didn’t happen, but it didn’t make the experience any less enjoyable. Sure, it didn’t help that the referees were clearly paid off by Kansas State or that David Ash forgot how to properly throw a football but given the situation, the Longhorns vs. Kansas State battle made for an intense game of football and that’s all that I could really ask for.

Still, the game was bittersweet and I couldn’t believe it would serve as the last game I’d attend as a student at the University of Texas.

I should also mention that I am by no means your typical football jock. Growing up, I never had an interest in football until my senior year of high school. I've now realized that Texas football really did a number on me that year and as I entered college, the University of Texas had officially converted me into a football fanatic.

UT football is such an integral part of the experience when attending the University and I’ve had so many great memories because of it. Each year, I was filled with excitement to finally receive my student ticket email. I scrambled to find where I would be seated for the year and it was always a joy to inch closer to the field as each year passed.

For two years, I’ve been fortunate enough to witness the unstoppable team that Texas once was under Colt McCoy and while these past two years have been well… tough to say the least, I still couldn’t be more proud of our football team. Here are just some of many things that I’ll miss about home games:

  • Chanting “Texas!" and hearing "Fight!" roaring back from the opposite side of the stadium. There’s just something so chilling about hearing the booming voices of 50,000+ people shouting at you and you shouting back out at them.
     
  • The excitement of meeting up with friends, tailgating, packing into the stands like sardines and seeing one of your friends on the jumbotron acting a damn fool.
     
  • Somehow clapping and chanting offbeat from 65% of the rest of the stadium.
     
  • Being part of a complete stadium-wide wave. 
     
  • Meteorologist, Scott Fisher’s ridiculously animated weather report during each home game followed by his signature, “Hoooooooooooooooook ‘Emmmm Horns!”
     
  • Feeling united with the rest of the student body and realizing what an incredible school the University of Texas is.

While yesterday’s game may have been my last student home game, it won’t be my last game. I’ll always bleed burnt orange and both UT and UT football will always have a place in my heart. Current senior students or alum, what are some of your favorite memories while attending UT football games?