Texas fans sing along to "Don't Stop Believin" during a Big 12 Conference football game at Royal-Memorial Stadium, Saturday, Nov. 17, 2018. [Stephen Spillman for Statesman]

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Longhorn fans light up the night to ‘Don’t Stop Believin’

Posted November 18th, 2018


The 500th Texas Longhorns game to be played in Royal-Memorial Stadium provided plenty of highlights for the home team. But no moment was more Instagram-worthy than a crowd singalong to Journey’s 1981 hit “Don’t Stop Believin’ ” illuminated by thousands of waving cell phone flashlights.


As American-Statesman reporter Brian Davis put in his story for Hookem.com:

During a fourth-quarter timeout, school officials cranked up some Journey. The song “Don’t Stop Believin’” is a universal favorite. Fans held up their cellphone flashlights and sang along, stamping an unforgettable moment on the 500th game in the stadium’s history.  “That was organic,” said athletic director Chris Del Conte, who shared the game’s final moments with Gov. Greg Abbott. “That was incredible,” tight end Andrew Beck said. He nudged Collin Johnson, a fellow senior, to look  around and take it all in. “All of a sudden, coach was like, all right lets go. And I’m jogging out and I tap Shane and said, ‘Hey man, what’s the play?’ I don’t even know what we’re supposed to be doing.”

Here are a few more views, although none of them quite do the moment justice:

Even the players got in on the act.

Alas — though it all was a first at DKR and seemed spontaneous enough — it wasn’t exactly original. Mississippi State has played “Don’t Stop Believin’ ” at the start of the fourth quarter for a couple of years.

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