Bat divebombs into the action at Texas-Vanderbilt game

Austin Texas is known for its bats and one of them earned some national television time Monday.

For the second time in 10 months, a bat disrupted a college basketball game. This one swooped into the action on numerous occasions at the Frank Erwin Center in Austin where the Longhorns defeated Vanderbilt 70-64.

In January, a bat interrupted a Marquette home game against Providence. It turned out to be hilarious entertainment for hoops fans that Saturday. The arena sound system blared the Batman theme song and an Ozzy Osbourne song at one point and players and coaches threw white towels into the air in an effort to snare the little troublemaker.

Rick Barnes' young Texas team managed to hang on to a slim lead in the final 30 seconds thanks in part to a costly unforced Vanderbilt turnover. The Longhorns earned their first victory over a team from a major conference and improved to 7-1 as part of the Big 12-SEC Challenge. Vanderbilt slipped to 4-3.

Oh, and apparently Texas cheerleaders caught the bat. No word on what they did with it.

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Kyle Ringo is the assistant editor of The Dagger on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at or follow him on Twitter!

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