Rangers bench coach Steve Buechele was back with his team by midday Monday. But he was emotionally drained after coming to Austin and watching his son Shane lead Texas to a 50-47 win over Notre Dame.
“It was unexplainable,” Steve Buechele told Rangers reporters in Seattle. “It was such an incredible experience, I can’t even explain it how cool that was.”
Buechele said the family knew “several days ahead of time” that Shane Buechele was going to become the first freshman to start a UT season opener since Bobby Layne in 1944.
UT coach Charlie Strong said he called Buechele’s mom on Friday night to confirm the news, and she started to cry.
“They surprised him with (jersey number) 7, first of all. I knew that was coming, too,” Steve Buechele said. “That was a surprise to Shane. He didn’t know that until before the game.”
Shane Buechele told reporters in Austin that No. 7 carries emotional meaning to the Buechele family. Steve Buechele was college roommates with future Broncos quarterback legend John Elway at Stanford.
As for the game itself, Steve Buechele said, “To soak in all that burnt orange and just that whole college football experience before the game was unbelievable. And to get there and watch him run out that tunnel, I can’t tell you. Just a super proud moment.”
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