4 takeaways from Texas football’s last-second loss to Alabama

Bryce Young, Texas Football (Photo by Tim Warner/Getty Images)
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Hudson Card, Texas football Mandatory Credit: Scott Wachter-USA TODAY Sports
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An absolutely wild game for head coach Steve Sarkisian and the Texas football program did not end in their favor in the end. Texas gave head coach Nick Saban and the No. 1 ranked Alabama Crimson Tide everything they could handle and more.

In fact, it took the Crimson Tide a game-winning field goal with less than a minute remaining to get the one-point win in the end. Alabama kicker Will Reichard notched the game-winning 32-yard field goal for the Crimson Tide after Bryce Young led his team down the field during a two-minute drill.

That game-winning field goal from the Tide gave them the win in the end by the final score of 20-19. This game wound up being closer than anyone really expected. Texas fought very hard, which included a couple of key injuries.

Hudson Card and Texas football fall short of Bryce Young and Alabama 20-19

Here’s a look at four takeaways from the Longhorns’ one-point loss to Alabama on Sep. 10.

Quarterback depth is suddenly a question mark

We all know about the unfortunate shoulder injury that redshirt freshman quarterback Quinn Ewers suffered late in the first quarter of this game. But it then became apparent that Texas had suffered another unlucky quarterback injury when junior Hudson Card came up limping after his first few snaps of the game.

Card was limping throughout the entire game, and it often showed with the lack of velocity that he was able to get on some of his passes in the second half. Granted, Card still showed a tremendous amount of resilience and toughness in this one, and we have to commend him for that.

The problem that Texas now faces throughout the rest of this difficult September schedule has to do with quarterback depth. We don’t know how long Ewers will be out after he missed the rest of this game, and was shown in a shoulder sling.

And if this lingering ankle injury for Card is something that hangs around for a while, that could spell trouble for the Longhorns. We will continue to monitor the injury situations for these two quarterbacks, as it will be imperative for Texas to get healthier at the position before Big 12 play begins.