Card and No. 21 Texas face tough trip to Arkansas | Vanburen
AUSTN, Texas – Hudson Card was solid, and at times awesome, when he made his first career debut as a Texas quarterback.
Now he must replicate that effort on the road, at night, in front of a hostile sold-out crowd in a legacy rivalry that will soon be reborn when Texas joins the Southeastern Conference. After beating No. 23 Louisiana-Lafayette 38-18, No. 21 Texas is playing Arkansas (1-0) this week.
“It will be an experience. I know their crowd is going to jump, ”Card said on Monday, two days after throwing for 224 yards and two touchdowns and running for another score in his starting debut.
A sophomore from nearby Lake Travis, Card has heard a lot about the bygone days of the old Southwestern Conference, the rivalry with Arkansas, and the ‘Game of the Century’ – Game of the Century. 1 v # 2 in 1969 also known as “The Big Shootout” – which set up a National Longhorns Championship.
The programs have only met a few times since the Razorbacks went to the SEC in 1992, but the showdown is steeped in tradition among alumni around the two programs.
“I know this rivalry goes back a long way,” Card said. “This is the first time that we have faced them for a long time. It’ll be cool to bring him back, especially in the next couple of years when we go to the SEC. “
The official timeline for this move is several years away, although many believe it could happen much sooner. Card’s more immediate future with the Razorbacks is Saturday night in Fayetteville, where Arkansas will have their first sold-out sale since 2017.
Any team would love the safety cover of having a quarterback with more than a few road games under their belt. Card will have to face a real road environment for the first time with screaming fans and swinging momentum.
Card showed no nerves on his first start ahead of around 80,000 at home. He had a streak of 3s and out on Texas first possession to lead a touchdown on the second.
Texas coach Steve Sarkisian trusted Card early to try the fourth down in midfield, and Card took the pressure off for a first down. He then called an audible to prepare for his first career touchdown pass, an 18-yard throw to Bijan Robinson.
“When a part breaks down it takes something like that,” Card said of his race to drive economy. “Obviously you have to pass first and try to get the ball back into the playmaker’s hands, but if something goes down, it’s good to be able to do it.”
Card’s 3-yard touchdown in the third quarter gave Texas a 28-12 lead.
“It has always been a dream of mine to be the quarterback here,” Card said. “Living it was pretty special. “
The only misstep was that he didn’t ask to keep a game ball from his first early career and win.
“Honestly, that hasn’t crossed my mind,” Card said.
Sarkisian picked Card as a starter over fourth-year quarterback Casey Thompson, who had spent three seasons behind Sam Ehlinger. Thompson played the fourth quarter against Louisiana-Lafeyette and led two scoring campaigns.
Sarkisian said he was confident Card would handle the pressure of a road environment in Arkansas.
“That’s another ‘news’ for him, isn’t it? He played his first game here, in front of a crowd that we had, and now the next ‘new’ is going on the road and playing a good opponent and facing this harsh environment, ”Sarkisian said. “I can’t predict the future, but we’ll do everything we can to make sure he’s in the right frame of mind.”