The Texas Longhorns were 20-point underdogs heading into their matchup with the No. 1 ranked Alabama Crimson Tide. And in a nail-biting one-point loss to the Tide, the Longhorns looked almost as if they were… dare I say… back.
Although it wasn’t Alabama’s best performance in a penalty-riddled game, the Longhorns’ defense stood tall, holding Alabama to 374 yards of offense. 2021’s Heisman Trophy winner, Bryce Young, was held to 213 passing yards and just 5.5 yards per attempt on the day.
After losing starting quarterback Quinn Ewers to injuries early in the game, the Longhorns held steady throughout, going toe-to-toe with arguably the best program in college football for the last 12 years.
If this is indeed who Texas is in 2022, it certainly adds another element to the Big 12 title race.
Though it was a one-point loss, it’s still a loss. Sooner Nation, while paying respect to the effort Texas put on the field on Saturday, reveled in the Longhorns coming up short.
To provide you an appetizer for Oklahoma’s 6 p.m. kickoff, let’s take a look at some of the best social media reactions.
Alabama ready for Texas' move to the SEC
HORNS DOWN !!! TEXAS LOSES AGAIN !!! pic.twitter.com/9CVhVwmOss
— oueddie #OU#1 (@EddieHenkle) September 10, 2022
The beauty of sports
Longhorn fans got to dream dreams for 3 hours and then their souls got crushed
That's a W for America. pic.twitter.com/1rXhe2t8pw
— RedDirtSport (@RedDirtSport) September 10, 2022
A win for the bookmakers
Texas doesn’t win, Bama doesn’t cover. Win win for CFB.
— Mark (@markaduck) September 10, 2022
Longhorn gonna Longhorn
A Texas is a Texas is a Texas
— Parker Thune (@ParkerThune) September 10, 2022
Just saw 2 Arizona State fans on Campus Corner. Should I tell ‘em?
— Toby Rowland (@TRowOU) September 10, 2022
Former Sooner great would never
Dude really missed a sack to end a game Texas sucks 😂
— Nik Bonitto (@nikkkkbonitto) September 10, 2022
Starting the Go Fund Me for Red River
Prices to be at the State Fair of Texas are going UP.
— Eddie Radosevich (@Eddie_Rado) September 10, 2022
Left too much time on the clock
1:29 left on the clock… pic.twitter.com/5dclYrd00u
— Thunder Film Room (@ThunderFilmRoom) September 10, 2022
Bama won ugly
Bama jus beat Texas wit a below average performance … but they gon hype the shit up cause of the score 🥱🥱.. next month in Dallas gon be fun 😁
— Zack Sanchez (@Zsanchez33) September 10, 2022
Alabama unusually undisciplined
Very weird seeing Alabama be this undisciplined.
— Gabe Ikard (@GabeIkard) September 10, 2022
Texas was almost back
Bama is back
— Brett McMurphy (@Brett_McMurphy) September 10, 2022
My wife and I were
Is it possible to root against both Bama and Texas here
— Ben Rector (@benrector) September 10, 2022
Alabama didn't look like Alabama
Alabama plays their worst game in years and still beats Texas. That’s tough.
— KC🏴☠️ (@KcHolz) September 10, 2022
Great start to a college football Saturday
All I know is Texas lost. Nothing else matters.
— Andrew Smith🧸🎀 (@SoonerSoupGuy) September 10, 2022
Remember that time Kansas beat Texas?
— Chase4eight (@okielevi) September 10, 2022
Apparently "God didn't bless Texas."
— Tattoo Baker 🎥✨ (@QB1TATT00) September 10, 2022
Is Sark Charlie Strong?
Through 14 games, Steve Sarkisian is 6-8 as the head coach at Texas. Here's how the previous six UT head coaches fared through their first 14 games:
1. Fred Akers, 13-1
2. Mack Brown, 10-4
3. David McWilliams, 8-6
4. Tom Herman, 7-7
5. John Mackovic, 6-7-1
6. Charlie Strong, 6-8
— Seth Oliveras (@SethOliveras) September 10, 2022
Texas is much better, and Bama isn’t invincible.
— Mark (@markaduck) September 10, 2022
So close (Parody account)
ALMOST BEAT BAMA!
— Texas Footballl (@TexasFootballl) September 10, 2022
Texas Longhorns fans in one picture
Horns Down lives on
OU and Texas will be able to hang
I hate Texas, but after this game the slander of Oklahoma and Texas won’t compete in the SEC has to stop right?
— Brent Venables Neck Veins (@BVneckveins) September 10, 2022
In some ways, that finish was just as fulfilling as Bama winning by 30.
— Tyler McComas (@Tyler_McComas) September 10, 2022
Texas played a heck of a game
Texas may not win this game but they earned my respect with that first half.
— Locked on Sooners (@LockedOnSooners) September 10, 2022
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