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The Good, Bad & Ugly Following the Longhorns' Loss to Alabama

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Mitch Lovell
Mitch Lovell

Photo: Austin American-Statesman-USA TODAY NETWORK

Texas suffered narrow defeat to #1 ranked Alabama on Saturday in game that Texas players and fans should leave holding their heads high. The Longhorns entered the game as a 21-point underdog and despite losing their starting QB, and their backup QB being hobbled, Texas gave the Crimson Tide all they wanted and more. Time to discuss some good, bad and ugly from Saturday's thriller at DKR.

The Good

There was a lot of good to extract from this game, but the fight that fans and players showed is the top takeaway. This was the most attended game at DKR in Texas football history, with over 105,000 people in attendance. The fans were waiting halfway around the stadium before the sun was up. Truly impressive and incredible.  The fans need to keep that up moving forward and establish DKR as a true hostile place to play for opponents.

Steve Sarkisian and his coaching staff had their best performances overall since arriving in Austin. The staff had the team prepared exceptionally, which has not always been the case. Even after Ewers went down, it was evident the coaching staff still believed they could win and dialed in a gameplan to do so. The players clearly believed in the plan as well. The defensive gameplan was the best that has been displayed in Austin in a long, long time.

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Photo: Austin American-Statesman-USA TODAY NETWORK

The Bad

There is no way to put this other than the refs were flat-out horrible. Refereeing, or lack thereof, on one or two missed plays is not the difference between a win and loss. However, there were at worst six missed calls with a large impact on the game - particularly in the second half. There needs to be accountability for the crew yesterday, and I hope they are not officiating any more marquee games this season. Sark is one of the most even keeled coaches out there and rarely gets too high or low, but he was certainly animated at the officials on Saturday.

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Photo: Aaron E. Martinez / American-Statesman / USA TODAY NETWORK

The Ugly

The BIG ugly were the injuries that the Longhorns suffered. Starting QB Quinn Ewers, backup QB Hudson Card, and starting CB D’Shawn Jamison all at some point exited the game with injuries. Jamison and Ewers did not return and that will be something to monitor moving forward. Early reports are that Ewers will miss around 4-6 weeks. While not ideal it is much better than the other possibilities. Jamison is still doing undergoing further testing and Card has what appears be an ankle sprain. Texas hosts UTSA this week and needs a healthy quarterback.

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Photo:  Scott Wachter-USA TODAY Sports

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