Longhorn fans tailgate on Thanksgiving

Longhorn fans tailgate on Thanksgiving

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Some die hard Texas and TCU fans spent Thanksgiving in parking lots near the UT stadium. For the first time in nearly 100 years Texas A&M is absent from the annual matchup.

Thanksgiving tailgaters don't mess around. No stove--no problem.

"I've got some jalapeno cornbread dressing here that we're about to put on the grill," said Andy Macfarlane.

Turkey, smoked ham, I came across some of the best recipes I have ever seen.

"You name it, we got it," said Drew Fox.

Drew Fox drove in from Temple.

"We've got three turkeys, two Cajun deep fried, oven fried, three kinds of dressing," Fox explained.

It's just like home… some say even better.

"At home there's no Texas football," Fox said. "There's no comparison."

"Its football, its food, its friends," said Ted Abdelnoor.

We caught up with Ted Abdelnoor's group as they were about to dip a second turkey in the deep fryer.

"We started last night. Some people 3, 4 in the morning people started the smoker," he said.

The only thing missing was Texas A&M.

"I would say that the attendance is about 20 percent in the tailgating parking lot. It's not the same. We do miss our aggie brothers," said MacFarlane.

"There's no goofy traditions. No one's standing on one leg doing this, talking gibberish. It's great," said Fox.

TCU fans are happy to fill the gap.

"What I would like to see is a home and home TCU, Texas play Thanksgiving. We'll just take the place of A&M," said Taylor Nichols.

Texas A&M takes on Missouri at Kyle Field this Saturday.

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