A house divided: The Baker family and TCU/UT

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    The northeast corner of Darrell K. Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium screamed "riff ram" into the night as 99,950 fans saw TCU win its first football game in Austin since Nov. 18, 1967.

    TCU lineman Trevius Jones said he and some other players on the TCU sideline heard distant chants of "T-C-U" during the game, but they could not see where it was coming from.

    The Horned Frogs' spirited turnout was bolsted by the numerous Austin-natives who attend the university, causing colorful household civil wars for bragging rights.

    The Aledo-based Baker family celebrated Thanksgiving in Austin. Taylor, a junior at TCU, younger sister and prospective Horned Frog Kendall and their parents, Candy (TCU class of 1982) and Fremon (TCU class of 1983), sat together to watch the game.

    Despite the family's purple history, Taylor's younger brother, Carter, is a freshman at the University of Texas.

    "We're a family that bleeds purple," Taylor said. "To see him (Carter) walking around in burnt orange cheering for the team we'd grown up hating our entire lives…it was really hard to wrap my head around. It just didn't feel right."

    Although Carter sat in the sea of burnt orange, he was grateful for his family making the three hour trip from Fort Worth to spend Thanksgiving together as a family.

    "It was cool to show my parents the campus and prove that I actually am at school and not just a huge party," Carter said. "I am very proud to be a Longhorn and it was a great experience to share what I call home to them."

    After the Frogs won 20-13, Taylor said his brother did not have much to say.

    "He was extremely mad," Taylor said. "We gave him lots of crap after and, to his credit, he took it like a man."

    Carter did not comment when asked about the family interactions following the game.

    Although TCU can celebrate the win over Texas until next season's matchup on Oct. 26 in Fort Worth, the Horned Frogs are setting their sights on beating Oklahoma University in Amon G. Carter Stadium on Dec. 1.