AUSTIN’S WINNING FORMULA
If you build it, they will come. Three years in the making, Formula One racing in Austin becomes reality. And, oh, is it ever a spectacular show. F1, a foreign subject to most Central Texans, holds its first event at the beautiful new Circuit of the Americas and draws a sellout crowd of 117,429 on race day, part of a weekend total of 265,000 fans from around the country — and the world. Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain wins the race, overtaking series champ Sebastian Vettel. “Austin really shined,” Hamilton says. “This is a great place to showcase our sport to America.”
■ Longhorns icon Darrell Royal dies at age 88. The colorful, folksy Royal won three national championships and had a 184-60-5 record in 20 seasons at Texas. To honor DKR, the Horns come out in a wishbone formation to start the Iowa State game.
■ Texas A&M dumps No. 1 Alabama 29-24 in Tuscaloosa as QB Johnny Manziel dazzles and picks up Heisman steam.
■ TCU, subbing for A&M as Texas’ Thanksgiving foe, stifles the Longhorns at DKR.
■ Notre Dame, unranked in the preseason, beats USC to cap a 12-0 campaign and earn a national title shot.
■ Pflugerville ends Lake Travis’ state-record, 30-game football playoff winning streak. The Cavaliers won five straight Class 4A titles before moving up to 5A this year. ■ Contact Kevin Lyttle at 445-3615 ■ File photos by American Statesman, Palm Beach Post, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and Associated Press