As with the rest of ACL Fest, crowds at the Barton Springs Beer Hall were rather meager early in the Texas-Oklahoma game, compared to the throngs that had swarmed for the shady spot when the Longhorns played Baylor last week. By the time UT’s furious comeback narrowed the gap to just 31-26 with a few minutes left, though, the place was fully packed once again.
The burnt orange faithful went away disappointed when Texas was left with too far to travel and too little time on its last possession, but not everyone in the hall was down and out. Jeffrey Stevens, an OU fan sporting a Sooner ballcap, beamed at an outcome that was far happier for his side than when he watched last year’s UT upset win from this same ACL beer hall location last year.
"It’s one of those games where you have to throw the stats out the window," Stevens said. "You can never really tell what’s going to happen."
Stevens resides in Austin these days — "living behind enemy lines," as he put it — and has come to the Austin City Limits Music Festival for the past 10 years. "I typically don’t miss the Red River Rivalry," he said, noting that he’s found the festival to be a good place to catch the game these last couple years. "It’s nice because we’re surrounded by music, which is the thing that makes Austin the coolest."
More football was on tap after the Texas-OU game ended. Cheers of "Let’s go, Frogs!" bubbled up from the crowd as the TV screen began airing pregame shots from TCU’s matchup with Baylor.