Big 12 report: UT concern about injuries overshadows prep for UTSA

AUSTIN, TX – APRIL 23: University of Texas Longhorns quarterback Quinn Ewers makes a throw during the spring game on April 23, 2022, at Darrell K Royal – Texas Memorial Stadium in Austin, TX. (Photo by Adam Davis/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

Big 12 report: UT concern about injuries overshadows prep for UTSA

The eyes of Texas are upon the training room as the Longhorns continue prep for UTSA.  Starting quarterback Quinn Ewers could miss significant time with a shoulder injury suffered in the Horns 20-19 loss to No. 1 Alabama last Saturday and backup quarterback Hudson Card also suffered an ankle injury, although he was able to finish the game and turned in a credible performance in defeat. According to head coach Steve Sarkisian both quarterbacks are day-to-day.

Texas has opened the week as 14 point favorites against UTSA, in a game that will show a great deal about the character of the team.  The Roadrunners are 1-1 following a close loss to Houston and a victory over Army.  If Texas has not moved past the Alabama hangover UTSA could present problems.  This game will be another indicator of Texas’ progress back towards relevance nationally, if Texas is Back UTSA should not be a problem, but Texas must put a heartbreaking loss and the injuries behind them.

Sarkisian spoke about the challenge to the Longhorn’s focus when he said, “A week ago, everyone was quick to tell us how bad we are. Now they are telling us how good we are.” Texas gained some believers with their performance against Alabama, but a loss against UTSA would unravel any positivity.

Texas entered the AP poll this week at No. 21, the first team to enter the poll after previously being unranked since 1997.

Around the Big 12

The conference recorded an up and down week, with Oklahoma rolling past Kent State 33-3, though by less than predicted the Sooners do remain undefeated. Dillon Gabriel led the Sooners on offense completing 21 of 28 passes for three touchdowns.

Texas Tech defeated No. 25 Houston in an overtime thriller, 33-30.  This win was Tech’s first over a ranked opponent since 2019.  The Red Raiders were led by conference offensive player of the week Donovan Smith who threw for 350 yards and scored 3 total touchdowns, 2 passing and one rushing.

Kansas State beat Missouri 40-12 in an impressive win.  K-State boasted their second consecutive game with a punt return for touchdown leading to Phillip Brooks being honored as the conference special teams player of the week.

Iowa State knocked off rival Iowa in a tight defensive struggle, 10-7.  Linebacker Colby Reeder paced the Cyclone defense recording a sack, 4 tackles, one for loss, and an interception.

Maybe the story of the week across the conference was Kansas’ 55-42 win over West Virginia.  The Jayhawks are 2-0 for the first time in more than a decade.  Conference defensive player of the week Cobee Bryant sealed the Kansas win with his interception return for a touchdown in overtime.

No. 11 Oklahoma State defeated Arizona State 34-17 in the desert. Spenser Sanders threw for 268 yards and two touchdowns in the win.

TCU was much better than Tarleton State, the Horned Frogs posted a 59-17 victory.  TCU will face rival SMU this week.

No. 9 Baylor fell to #21 BYU 26-20 in a 2 overtime defense battle.  Both offenses were held in check most of the night, but Baylor conceded the game winning score in the second extra period and was unable to score in four downs.

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