After two games in the comfy confines of Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium, Texas will be heading on the road for the first time this season, and it won’t be an easy test. The Longhorns are stepping into SEC country to play Ole Miss, and the crowd will be loud and hostile.
However, it’s the kind of environment that senior safety Kenny Vaccaro not only enjoys, but embraces. He revels in the fact that 60,000 people will cheer against him, so much so that he prefers playing at away games over suiting up at home.
“I like without a doubt playing on the road better than playing at home,” Vaccaro said. “It’s way louder and gets me way [more excited]. No offense to our fans, but [DKR] is not loud.”
Texas’ home stadium may not register very high on the decibel level but according to Vaccaro, Texas A&M’s Kyle Field is an incredible place to play, in part because all fans — not just the students — spend the whole game on their feet.
“Kyle Field is loud, man,” Vaccaro said. “Kyle Field gets wild.”
Vaccaro added that the annual Texas vs. Oklahoma game has an amazing atmosphere. During the Red River Rivalry, the Cotton Bowl is stuffed to capacity with 92,000 fans bathed in burnt orange and crimson, with the two sides split down the 50-yard line.
The Longhorns expect the atmosphere at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium, surrounded by The Grove, the mecca of college football tailgating, to be as loud as any they’ll experience all season.
“It is exciting,” defensive end Jackson Jeffcoat said. “It gets you pumped up when you have other teams booing you and all that. It’s a lot of fun. It presents a big challenge, and it’s fun to do.”