The University of Oklahoma's football team came out on top against the Longhorns 45-40. However, the team's win isn’t the only thing Sooners should be proud of after OU vs. TX 2016.
The Cotton Bowl stadium is always a thriller. Its inclusive structure, seat assignment of half burnt orange and half crimson and plethora of enthusiastic fans is sure to provide an exciting atmosphere. OU students have class off the Friday before OU vs. TX for Fall Break, which adds to the excitement. Additionally, the Texas State Fair is just around the outskirts of the stadium. For fans on both teams, OU vs. Texas weekend feels like a holiday.
Though the Sooners performed far from perfect, their drive to do well throughout the game was admirable. In times when it seemed nothing could go right (fumbles lost, interceptions thrown), the OU football boys stayed determined and focused on executing to the best of their ability. However, they were not alone. Their supporters followed them all along the way.
At the game, I sat at the top of the stadium. And by the top, I mean, the very top. This allowed me to watch the actions and reactions of both Sooner fans and Longhorns fans. And let me tell you, I've never been more proud of the vibes Sooner fans put off.
Even when the football boys would frustrate Sooner fans every so often, OU spectators often responded with a sigh and an eye roll, but then they were back and ready to cheer the team on. Contrarily, when the football players from Texas would let their fans down, their fans would sit down and pout until the team did something 'good' again. Their cheering was in-genuine and temporary. That doesn't seem like loyalty to me.
The football players don't have to watch our fans from a distant to know they are supported. I've watched numerous interviews of OU football players explaining how big of an impact the audience has on their performance. They can tell, just as well as the fans can, when their support system has given up on them. These are the things to take in account when you watch teams that are able to rise to the occasion versus teams that look defeated before the game is even lost.
So let's keep up the Sooner Magic. Our support is helping the team perform to their best ability. They can't do it without us. If you don't believe me, let former OU football player Ty Darlington explain it to you from his standpoint.