Texas starts Sarkisian era with 38-18 win over Louisiana

Horns Report

AUSTIN (KXAN) — The new Texas head coach and quarterback may be alright. The Texas Longhorns controlled their season opener Saturday against Louisiana with a 38-18 win.

It was back to a regular burnt orange Saturday as thousands of Texas fans packed into Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium on a scorching hot afternoon of football.

Louisiana entered Austin eyeing an upset, but the Longhorns were up for the challenge. Bijan Robinson finished with 103 rushing yards, 73 receiving yards and two touchdowns for the Longhorns. Hudson Card kicked off his true college resume’ with some milestones, notching his first passing and rushing touchdowns.

Card connected with Robinson and tight end Cade Brewer on two passing touchdowns. He had a 3-yard run for a score in the third quarter. Card finished with 224 passing yards and 14 completions on 21 attempts.

Casey Thompson played the fourth quarter, throwing a touchdown pass to the Longhorns’ leading receiver for the day Jordan Whittington. Whittington finished with 113 yards on seven receptions.

Next, Texas travels to Arkansas for a 6 p.m. Saturday kickoff against the Razorbacks.

Below is a live blog recap of Saturday’s win.

Live Blog

TOUCHDOWN TEXAS: Casey Thompson made his debut in the fourth quarter, leading a Longhorns touchdown drive. Thompson hit Jordan Whittington for a 14-yard touchdown. Whittington is Texas’ leading receiver with 110 yards on six receptions.

Score: Texas leads 35-12

WELCOME TO TEXAS: Notre Dame transfer Ovie Oghoufo off the edge for his first sack in a Longhorns uniform on third down.

Louisiana is 2-of-9 on third downs against Texas. The Longhorns are 8-of-13.

TOUCHDOWN TEXAS: On 3rd-and-goal from the 3-yard line, Hudson Card calls his own number for the first rushing touchdown of his career. Texas has been in control for a majority of the game. Now, the Longhorns are in control on the scoreboard.

Score: Texas leads 28-12

INJURY SCARE: Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium went quiet as Bijan Robinson laid on the ground, writhing in pain after an 18-yard reception. Robinson stayed on the ground for several minutes as trainers attended to the injury.

He was able to walk off the field on his own power and returned to the game for the Longhorns’ next offensive possession.

TOUCHDOWN LOUISIANA: The Texas defense showed its first crack in the armor on Louisiana’s first drive of the third quarter.

Chris Smith skated through the right side untouched for a 27-yard score. The Longhorns special teams stepped up to block the extra point.

Score: Texas leads 21-12

TOUCHDOWN TEXAS: Bijan Robinson caps off the Longhorns’ third scoring drive of the season with a 5-yard touchdown run. Robinson was set up to score after a bruising run by receiver Jordan Whittington. Card hit Whittington for a first down around midfield, but Whittington was just getting wound up. The Cuero, Texas native shed multiple tacklers, ending with a 41-yard gain to Louisiana 12.

Score: Texas leads 21-6

TOUCHDOWN TEXAS: The Lake Travis High School connection produces Texas’ second touchdown of the game. On 3rd-and-goal from the 7-yard line, Card squeezed a ball to into a tight window to tight end Cade Brewer for the touchdown.

It’s the sixth touchdown of Brewer’s career. Second passing touchdown for Card.

Score: Texas leads 14-3

BIJAN ROBINSON UPDATE: The Longhorns sophomore running back is the star of the show in the first half. His pass-catching has stood out during the first 30 minutes with 55 receiving yards and three receptions. 93 total yards for Robinson.

TOUCHDOWN TEXAS: Quarterback Hudson Card throws the first touchdown pass of his Longhorns career, pitching the ball out to Bijan Robinson for an 18-yard touchdown. Louisiana left Robinson uncovered as he rolled out of the backfield. Robinson was able to stroll into the end zone untouched.

Score: Texas leads 7-3

Second Louisiana possession: DeMarvion Overshown and Luke Brockermeyer get home on a 3rd down blitz, sacking Levi Lewis in the red zone. Louisiana put together a couple chunk plays to get down to the UT 11-yard line.

Louisiana 37-yard field goal.

Score: Louisiana leads 3-0

First Longhorns possession: Quick three-and-out on Hudson’s Card’s first series. His pass attempt on first down was deflected at the line of scrimmage. On 3rd and 11, Card looked deep to Whittington, but the pass was about three yards too strong

Coin Toss: Texas won the coin toss and deferred to the second half. Louisiana will start on offense.

Pregame: It is stifling hot at Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium. Kickoff coming up at 3:35 p.m.

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