3 takeaways from Texas football’s convincing win over UTSA

Bijan Robinson, Texas football
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Hudson Card, Texas football
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A game that looked to be a tough fight for head coach Steve Sarkisian and the Texas football program early on against head coach Jeff Traylor and the UTSA Roadrunners wound up being more comfortable in the end for the men in burnt orange. Texas faced a physical UTSA team that came ready to play in the first half and gave Sark’s squad all they could handle early on.

Yet, Sark and the Longhorns responded with a big second half. A game that was once tied at halftime was separated a bit more in the third quarter. Texas would come to handle the Roadrunners in the second half to the tune of a 24-3 edge.

That resulted in the Longhorns getting the win in the end by the final score of 41-20. This wound up being a convincing win for the Longhorns when it once looked like the Roadrunners were bound to put them on upset alert. This is big for the Longhorns ahead of the start of Big 12 play.

Hudson Card and Bijan Robinson lead Texas football to a big 21-point win over UTSA

With that in mind, here’s a look at three takeaways from the Longhorns’ win over UTSA in convincing fashion on Sep. 17.

Refs cost DeMarvion Overshown for the Big 12 opener

One of the worst calls in this game came in the second half, unfortunately. Texas wound up losing senior linebacker DeMarvion Overshown to a really poor targeting call, that will also cause him to miss the first half of the Big 12 opener next weekend against new head coach Joey McGuire and the Texas Tech Red Raiders in Lubbock.

When looking back at that play, it was really hard to say that Overshown’s sack of senior quarterback Frank Harris was targeting.

By the book, targeting is when a defensive player hits a defenseless player leading with the crown of his helmet. Overshown clearly didn’t lead with the crown of his helmet. And the fact of the matter is that he is just taller than Harris. There wasn’t much he could do in this play.

Now, Texas will be down one of their better linebackers against what promises to be an energized Texas Tech squad coming off a double-digit loss on Sep. 17 to the NC State Wolfpack.

The positives for this defense are that Overshown was playing well before this targeting call took him out of the game in the second half. Junior linebacker Jaylan Ford was pretty awesome on the night, with a team-high 15 total tackles.