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Sports doubleheader in late-afternoon heat fills up ACL Fest beer hall

Peter Blackstock

Competitive contests for both the Texas Longhorns and the Houston Astros made for a lively time in the beer hall at the Austin City Limits Music Festival on Saturday, as hundreds of festgoers filled up the space for a break from the late-afternoon heat.

Among them were Jody and Liz Lara, two Austinites who are both volunteering for the festival this weekend. Volunteers work in shifts, and they purposefully scheduled themselves for time slots that allowed them to catch the Texas-Oklahoma football game.

They endured a tough start, with Texas going down 17-0 early. But in the third quarter, Texas rallied back to pull within 23-17. On the adjacent screen, the Astros and the New York Yankees were locked in a tense 1-1 tie during the second game of the American League Championship series.

The Laras, both decked out in Longhorn gear, were there mainly for the Red River Rivalry. “I want the Astros to win, but we’re mostly fans of Texas football,” Jody said.

The 90-degree late-afternoon temperatures made staying in the beer hall an even easier call. “Being in the shade definitely helps,” Liz said. “It’s an enticement to keep watching the game.”

Key third-quarter penalties against the Sooners, one of which nullified an OU touchdown and another that helped keep a Texas TD drive alive, brought a reversal of fortune to the hall as Sooners fans first exulted, then quieted while the Longhorn faithful cheered. Some added a little color: “Stop cheating!” after the first penalty, and “You can’t do that!” after the second. The requisite “OU sucks!” cheers followed soon enough, but the game was still far from over.