Social media, fans react to Texas Tech upset of No. 22 Texas football

Steve Sarkisian, Texas Football
Steve Sarkisian, Texas Football /

A big-time letdown transpired for head coach Steve Sarkisian and No. 22 ranked Texas football in a tough upset loss on the road in overtime to open up Big 12 play on Sep. 24 against new head coach Joey McGuire and the Texas Tech Red Raiders. Texas had a shot to close out this game after taking a double-digit lead into the locker room at halftime.

But the Red Raiders didn’t let up in the second half, and the Longhorns definitely didn’t play well enough in any phase of the game in the final two quarters to get it done on Sep. 24.

Texas Tech was pretty dominant throughout much of the second half. In fact, it looked as if Texas Tech was going to walk away with the three-point win in regulation when kicker Trey Wolff hit a late 45-yard field goal to get the 34-31 lead.

But junior quarterback Hudson Card enginereed a quick drive in the final 20 seconds or so of the game. That let kicker Bert Auburn tie the game up in the dying seconds of the fourth quarter with a 48-yard field goal that sent it to overtime.

Texas wasn’t able to get it done in overtime, though. An uncharacteristic fumble from star junior running back Bijan Robinson on the first play of overtime for the Longhorns wound up putting Texas Tech in a position to seal the win with a field goal.

And that’s exactly what Tech did to get the overtime win by the final score of 37-34.

Here’s a look at some of the reactions on social media from the Longhorns faithful and various college football spectators following Texas’ loss to Texas Tech on Sep. 24.

Social media reacts to the tough upset loss for Steve Sarkisian and Texas football to Texas Tech

Joe Cook of Inside Texas said it well in one tweet noting that “plenty of blame can go to all three phases”. There weren’t many positives for any unit for Sark and the Longhorns in the second half of this one.

It’s clear, even judging by various reactions on social media, that Sark is going to be under plenty of pressure heading into next weekend’s matchup at home against the West Virginia Mountaineers. This loss for the Longhorns felt a lot like last season, thus stalling a lot of the early-season momentum that Sark and the Longhorns built up during the non-conference slate.

Texas will need to get some confidence and momentum back next weekend against West Virginia, which will take place one week before the Red River Rivalry game on Oct. 8 against the Oklahoma Sooners.

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Texas falls to 2-2 (0-1 Big 12) on the season after getting upset by the Red Raiders on the road in Lubbock on Sep. 24. Sark and the Longhorns will face head coach Neal Brown and the Mountaineers at home next weekend, in a game that is specifically set for Oct. 1.