Whereas the primary Large 12 highway recreation for the Longhorns since they accepted an invite to hitch the Southeastern Convention wasn’t a lot completely different from the earlier 39 conferences in Fort Value, the SEC backdrop wasn’t ignored.
“We’re sitting proper in entrance of the coed part, so we’re getting the entire SEC speak,” Texas linebacker DeMarvion Overshown stated after a 32-27 victory over the Horned Frogs on Saturday.
“It could be our final time enjoying them, won’t be. Wherever we go, we all know that we have that focus on on our again, that folks do not feel like we belong within the SEC or we are able to play with them. So they are going to speak.”
Liliana Ogden, a part of a management group accountable for getting fellow TCU college students fired up from the primary row of the part behind the Texas bench, loved the elements when the Texas gamers responded.
“They have been partaking, which will get us fairly fueled,” stated Ogden, who refrains from trash-talking herself as a result of she’s a member of the TCU Dutchmen. “I am unable to repeat the phrases they stated that made me chortle.”
The OU jeering by the house followers was just like years previous, with a play on a derogatory time period. The general public tackle announcer made a degree to say that Missouri is a former Large 12 member when giving the rating within the Tigers’ 62-24 SEC loss to Tennessee on Saturday.
Texas athletic director Chris Del Conte stated he wasn’t nervous concerning the reception the Longhorns would obtain. There have been no main incidents, and loads of nice exchanges between gamers and coaches on the sector after the sport.
“It was superior,” stated Del Conte, the AD who introduced TCU into the Large 12 in 2012 and is now taking Texas out of it. “Fort Value individuals are nice. TCU individuals are nice. Glad to be right here.”
Texas fan David Gladbach, attending the sport with a TCU-clad good friend from his Little League teaching days close to Fort Value, had a sense the primary convention highway recreation for the Longhorns would not be an enormous deal.
“There will not be any distinction,” Gladbach stated earlier than the sport. “The animosity that is there’s there no matter what convention you play in.”
There have been just a few indicators within the scholar part, however most had messages that might have match any yr. The exception was one which learn, “Cannot beat the Hogs, will not beat the Frogs,” a reference to Texas’ 40-21 loss to Arkansas three weeks in the past when the Longhorns have been No. 15 and the Razorbacks have been unranked.
Brothers Jairus and Jaydon Boyer traveled from Indiana with their dad, not in anticipation of any Large 12-SEC chatter however as a result of one grew up rooting for Texas and the opposite for TCU.
Jaydon Boyer, now 19, obtained hooked on the Horned Frogs a decade in the past once they have been dominating the Mountain West Convention and going undefeated whereas successful the Rose Bowl. Jairus Boyer, three years older, fell in love with the Colt McCoy-led Longhorns.
The youthful Boyer did not get mad at his older brother when Texas bolted for the SEC.
“I feel they’re leaving as a result of they’re scared to play us,” Jaydon Boyer stated as his dad and brother laughed. “That is what it’s.”
In two years, TCU may have 4 new Large 12 opponents in BYU, Cincinnati, Houston and Central Florida. The query is, will Texas and Oklahoma nonetheless be members when growth hits. The Longhorns and Sooners may go away earlier than 2025.
“I do nonetheless really feel like it’ll gas the fireplace and the sport’s in all probability going to be superb,” stated Rachel Bertelson, a Texas fan attending with a TCU alum. “In individuals thoughts’s, that is possibly the final TCU-Texas recreation.”
Texas working again Bijan Robinson, a sophomore who had a career-high 216 yards speeding in his first assembly with TCU, heard the chatter simply as Overshown did. And Robinson wasn’t amongst these responding.
“I can hear it within the again, fixed dangerous stuff,” Robinson stated. “I do not care. I simply maintain a smile on myself and maintain worrying about what’s at activity, what’s forward. It is simply enjoyable to see the group come collectively and block that stuff out.”