5 takeaways from Texas football’s backbreaking OT loss to Texas Tech

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Texas needs Quinn Ewers back ASAP

An abundance of Texas fans had the immediate reaction to this game of wanting redshirt freshman quarterback Quinn Ewers back in the fold as soon as possible. And it’s easy to see why that sort of outcry took place on social media following the upset loss to Texas Tech.

While I don’t put this loss on Card in the slightest, it’s clear that this offense won’t reach its fullest potential with him leading the way.

Card definitely had his moments in this game, including a big scramble on third down where he showed his resolve despite the ankle injury yet again. But there were too many times when Card missed some open receivers or just didn’t see the field enough to make the necessary throws to keep the offense moving down the field in the second half.

This game wasn’t all that bad statistically for Card. He threw for a career-high 277 yards to go with two passing touchdowns, and one interception, along with 24 rushing yards and no rushing scores.

To sum this up, Texas might continue to have issues against some of the more capable defenses in the Big 12 until there is a quarterback that can really stretch the field and threaten secondaries in multiple ways. We saw Ewers do that until he went down with the clavicle sprain on his non-throwing shoulder in the first quarter against the Alabama Crimson Tide two weeks ago.

The hope now is that both Ewers and star sophomore wide receiver Xavier Worthy come back healthy for next weekend’s battle against the West Virginia Mountaineers at home. This offense surely needs them back in the mix as soon as possible.