4 overreactions from Texas football’s gritty win over UTSA

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Hudson Card, Texas Football (Photo by Tim Warner/Getty Images)
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For just the second time in his tenure as the Texas football head coach (in the midst of his second season on the job), Steve Sarkisian was able to win a game when his team did not hold the lead at halftime. Texas’ win over head coach Jeff Traylor and the UTSA Roadrunners at home on Sep. 17 definitely had some early indications of an upset in the making, especially in the first 25 minutes of the game.

At one point, UTSA held a 17-7 lead over Sark and the Longhorns. When UTSA held a 10-point lead over Texas, there was some level of anxiety that the game was starting to get away from the men in burnt orange. UTSA had managed to pull off one trick play for a touchdown after a surprise onside kick that they were able to recover.

Not much was going right for Texas at that point of the game. But Sark and the Longhorns were able to rally from that point forward to eventually get a commanding win over the Roadrunners. After UTSA went up by 10 points early in the second quarter, Texas would rally by a score of 34-3 in the final 38 minutes of the game.

Texas would eventually get the win in this one by the final score of 41-20 behind a big effort from the running backs to lead the offense.

Overreactions from Texas football’s comfortable 21-point win over UTSA in Week 3

Here’s a look at four overreactions from Texas’ win over UTSA on Sep. 17.

Hudson Card can help Texas make it through without Quinn Ewers

I have nothing but positive things to say about the play of junior quarterback Hudson Card in the last couple of weeks. Despite spraining his right ankle in Texas’ tough one-point loss to the No. 1 ranked Alabama Crimson Tide last weekend, Card has played through the pain to nearly lead this team to an undefeated run through the non-conference slate.

Card was solid again this weekend for the Longhorns as he did what was needed in the passing game, and occasionally on the ground, to get it done against UTSA. He finished up this game with a completion percentage north of 65 on more than 20 passing attempts, good for 161 passing yards, one passing touchdown, no picks, and 35 rushing yards.

The 35 rushing yards for Card came on four attempts, which included a key third-down conversion in the second half.

Moreover, I would anticipate that if Card was able to play on this high ankle sprain against UTSA this weekend, another week of treatment before Big 12 play opens up on Sep. 24 that help him get even healthier.

Card is doing what is needed for Sark and the Longhorns to make it through this tough stretch of injuries in the quarterback room. I would imagine that he should give Texas a big opportunity to make it through the next couple of games for this team to get redshirt freshman quarterback Quinn Ewers back for the Red River Rivalry game against the Oklahoma Sooners.