September 10, 2016 - Texas Hellraisers toss Charles Hill, 20, sophomore, Plan II Finance major, from Woodlands, Texas, is thrown up into the air after a second quarter touchdown against UTEP held at Royal-Memorial Stadium in Austin, Texas, on Saturday, Sept. 10, 2016. RODOLFO GONZALEZ / AUSTIN AMERICAN-STATESMAN)

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Texas returns to Royal-Memorial Stadium on Saturday; will the fans be back, too?

Posted October 10th, 2016

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After a rough month on the road, the Longhorns return home this week.

Texas hosts Iowa State on Saturday evening in its first home game since a 41-7 win over UTEP on Sept. 10. Texas improved to 2-0 and a No. 11 national ranking after that win, but consecutive losses at California and Oklahoma State and last week’s loss to Oklahoma in Dallas has the Longhorns reeling.

A school-record 102,315 fans showed up at Royal-Memorial Stadium for Texas’ opener against Notre Dame, and the UTEP game drew 92,863 fans. Texas averaged home crowds of 92,069 in Charlie Strong’s first two years, and he said Monday that he expects fans to return to DKR on Saturday.

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“We need their support, we need our fans,” said Strong, who is 8-6 so far in home games. “I see the frustration in Year 3, but come and yell for (Breckyn) Hager, come and yell for (Shane) Buechele — those guys want to hear it. Come and yell for (D’Onta) Foreman. They want to hear it, they want to hear the noise. They want people to know that they really do appreciate what they’re doing.”

Strong added: “We haven’t played as well as we should. Still, though, the support should always be there.”

Texas has compiled a 363-105-10 all-time record at Royal-Memorial Stadium, which the Longhorns christened with a 28-10 loss to Baylor on Nov. 8, 1924. Texas is 6-1 in home games against Iowa State, but the Cyclones did record a 28-21 win in Austin in 2010.

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