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ACL Music Fest Day 5.3 Blood Orange

Michael Barnes
mbarnes@statesman.com

(This also was posted on Austin Music Source before the floods.)

Saturday afternoon at ACL was marked by two things that didn’t happen. It didn’t rain. (Before the headliners at 8 p.m.) And the Longhorns didn’t lose. (What?) Despite the wealth of musical talent onstage, fest-goers kept one eye on the sky, another on the game. The beer garden was packed to the rafters and the TV screens in various lounges attracted knots of breathless viewers as the Horns put the finishing touches on a critical 36-20 win. “I thought for sure we were going to lose,” says Mike Anselmo, whose fiancee Alyssa Legler graduated from UT’s LBJ School of Public Affairs (‘13). “We watched it at Little Woodrow’s before heading here. We left with two minutes to go in the game. It was done.” Neal Johannus, who works in sales for the U.S. Postal Service, didn’t graduate from UT, but turned burnt orange when he moved from Oregon (‘07). “It’s good for the program,” he says of the upset win. “I wasn’t sure they would win until they stopped a drive on the five yard line in the fourth quarter.” Artimus Grant watched the game at Hooter’s before hoofing it over to Zilker Park. “Frankly, I’m surprised,” he says. “I certainly didn’t expect it.” Engineer Bobby Timmons had more faith. “It was over from the get go,” Timmons says. “Oklahoma didn’t stand a chance. It was (expletive) phenomenal.” Despite his Longhorns gear, Steven Fontinelle didn’t see the game. “What was the score?” he asked innocently. “We won?”