A really bad weekend for new head coach Steve Sarkisian and No. 15 ranked Texas football saw this team come up with a humbling loss at the hands of the longtime rival Arkansas Razorbacks and head coach Sam Pittman. Texas fell short to the former Southwest Conference foe Arkansas on the road in Fayetteville on the night of Sep. 11 by the final score of 40-21.
This was one of the more embarrassing losses in a few years for the Longhorns. It wasn’t a good look out of the gates for Sark and this new Texas coaching staff. And coming off such an impressive Week 1 victory to begin the Sark era on the Forty Acres over the No. 23 ranked Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns and head coach Billy Napier, this was a really disappointing outing for the Longhorns.
Texas football now giving the Week 3 nod to Casey Thompson at QB
A source of tension for Sark and the Longhorns during and after this loss to Arkansas was the quarterback situation. A number of Texas fans felt that Sark waited way too long to pull sophomore quarterback Hudson Card for redshirt junior Casey Thompson in this meeting with Arkansas, and rightly so.
Texas was already out of the game and Card was showing no signs of confidence or rhythm throughout the first five or seven drives. Card was missing throws that he made in the season opener and wasn’t reading the plays necessary to win this key game on the road in such a hostile environment.
Comparatively, Thompson came in and made a positive impact right away. For that, he will be the Longhorns’ starting quarterback in the Week 3 matchup at home against the Rice Owls. Here’s a look into three Longhorns players that will benefit from Thompson getting the nod as the starting quarterback against Rice.