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Casey Thompson to Start at QB for Texas Against Rice

NCAA Football: Alamo Bowl-Texas vs Colorado

Casey Thompson will start at quarterback for the Texas Longhorns when they face the Rice Owls on Saturday in their final non-conference game.

Texas head coach Steve Sarkisian made the announcement during the Longhorns’ media availability on Monday.

The change comes after Texas fell hard to Arkansas, 40-21, with Hudson Card starting his second game for Texas. It’s unclear if this is a permanent change for Texas (1-1).


Thompson did play in that game with Arkansas, coming off the bench to lead Texas to a pair of touchdowns. He threw for 57 times and rushed for 44 yards in relief of Card.

Card threw for 61 yards with no touchdowns and no interceptions for the Longhorns in his start against Arkansas. Card also lost a fumble that led to a Razorbacks score.

In the season opener against Louisiana, Card, in his first college start, threw for 224 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions. Thompson also played in the opener, throwing for 41 yards and a touchdown.

This wasn’t the first time that Thompson came off the bench to give the Longhorns a boost. In last season’s Alamo Bowl, Thompson came off the bench to replace an injured Sam Ehlinger and lead the Longhorns to a win over Colorado.

In that bowl game, Thompson threw for 170 yards and four touchdowns, while rushing for another 17 yards.

Thompson and Card battled for the starting job during the offseason, with Card getting the nod from Sarkisian before the Louisiana game.

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