Texas trade QBs after loss, wait for Rice | Field level
Texas entertained the winless Rice in a clash with longtime former Southwestern Conference rivals Saturday in Austin, Texas.
The Longhorns (1-1) were reset following a 40-21 loss to unranked Arkansas last week that pushed Texas out of the Top 25.
Texas allowed the Razorbacks, chosen to finish second to last in the Southeastern Conference six-team West Division, to run for 333 yards.
The Longhorns offense, who looked powerful and competent in a season opener against No. 23 Louisiana on Sept. 4, struggled under the first-year starting quarterback in red shirt, Hudson Card, having gained just 163 total yards in the first three quarters.
Two short runs scored in the fourth quarter by relief caller Casey Thompson were just a front for Texas.
Longhorns coach Steve Sarkisian is giving Thompson a chance at the starting position and expects his team to rebound this week.
“The natural instinctive reaction is that the sky is falling and we have to change everything,” Sarkisian said. “We have a system and we have coaches that have stood the test of time. We will build on that and the players will continue to believe in it.
“At the end of the day, no one wants to lose. Everyone wants to win, but we have to have our mindset, we hate losing more than we want to win.”
Sarkisian rolls with Thompson against Rice.
The Owls (0-2) head to Austin after a 44-7 home loss to Houston on Saturday, losing to rivals Crosstown for the sixth consecutive time. Rice only managed 212 total attacking yards in the loss, including just 86 passing yards.
Rice entered the Houston game with high hopes, building on a 38-17 loss to Arkansas in her season opener which was tied until the fourth quarter.
“I’m a little shocked,” Rice coach Mike Bloomgren said after the loss. “That was not at all how I thought the game (Houston) would go. I thought we would face them tooth and nail, and that is not how it turned out.”
Transfer quarterback Luke McCaffrey hit Jordan Myers for a 5-yard pass in the second quarter that reduced the Owls’ deficit to 17-7, but Rice didn’t score again. McCaffrey made his first career start for the Owls.
Saturday’s game is the 96th all-time meeting between the two former rivals of SWC and the first since 2019. Texas hold a 73-21-1 advantage in the series and have 14 straight wins over the Owls.