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

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Steve Sarkisian, Texas Football
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Steve Sarkisian had this team ready for this game

There will be plenty of Longhorns fans that have different opinions about some of the playcalling and different mistakes that were made in this game. But the fact of the matter is that Texas pushed Alabama further than just about anyone thought they would coming into this game.

Sark and the Longhorns staff must be commended for the game planning and preparation for this Alabama game. Texas’ offense had some creative playcalling, motions, and they just played with a level of energy and resilience that many weren’t expecting, myself included.

The defensive staff must also be credited with greatly limiting what is likely to be one of the best offenses in the entire country this season. Alabama was held to fewer than six yards per play and barely eclipsed 200 passing yards. The pressure was also much more noticeable in this game than throughout most of last season.

If this is what we can expect to see from Sark’s team throughout the season, we’re probably going to see Texas playing in Arlington, TX, in December in the Big 12 Championship Game.

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This game should have a very positive impact on Sark and the Longhorns both on the field and on the recruiting trail for the rest of the fall. That is as long as Ewers and Card are both able to get healthy in a short span of time. Texas will need both of those guys back by the time Big 12 play starts in two weekends against the Texas Tech Red Raiders in Lubbock.