4 takeaways from Texas football’s comfortable win over WVU

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The first win of the season in Big 12 play arrived for Texas football on the night of Oct. 1. Texas and head coach Steve Sarkisian notched the win over head coach Neal Brown and the West Virginia Mountaineers in a convincing fashion, proving that this team can rebound after the bad loss last weekend.

Sark and the Longhorns moved forward from the loss to the Texas Tech Red Raiders last weekend by topping West Virginia with a complete effort on both sides of the ball. Texas’ defense looked good in this one. And the offense was on for most of the game.

Texas got the win over West Virginia by the final score of 38-20. A late run from West Virginia wasn’t nearly enough to topple Texas.

This is really encouraging to see from the Longhorns before facing the Oklahoma Sooners in the Red River Rivalry game next weekend, especially coming off their blowout loss to the TCU Horned Frogs.

Thoughts after Texas football’s double-digit win over West Virginia

Here’s a look at four takeaways from Texas’ comfortable win over West Virginia in Week 5.


Hudson Card has the best game of his career

After putting up some career numbers for the Longhorns last weekend in the loss to Texas Tech, junior quarterback Hudson Card got even better against West Virginia. For the first time in his career, Card went over the 300-passing yard mark in a game.

Card tallied up 21 completions on 27 passing attempts, good for 303 passing yards, three passing touchdowns, and no picks. This led Card to post a passer efficiency rating north of 200, which is also the best of his collegiate career to date.

We also saw Card have a couple of scrambles that were impressive for Texas to move the chains.

Card was good for the Longhorns on this night. He continued to improve his ability to climb the pocket and find his targets on intermediate and deep routes. We’ve never really seen this ability from Card to step up in the pocket and maintain his composure the way he did in this win over West Virginia.

We also should give credit to Sark and this staff for making the adjustment to play to Card’s strengths. The offensive line also played better in front of him, especially in the last three quarters.

Sark was able to more effectively spread out the West Virginia defense compared to what Texas did last week against Texas Tech.

Card did what was needed to get it done this weekend. And it looks like he could be passing the torch back to redshirt freshman quarterback Quinn Ewers soon when Texas faces Oklahoma next weekend.