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Steve Sarkisian Says It's 'OK to Smile'

Steve Sarkisian believes that Longhorn fans and players can celebrate the 22-17 victory over Kansas State

The Texas Longhorns snapped out of a six-game losing streak Friday, defeating the Kansas State Wildcats 22-17. The Horns likely ended Steve Sarkisian's first season 5-7.

With star running back Bijan Robinson hurt, it was Roschon Johnson who carried the team, finishing with 179 yards and a touchdown. Xavier Worthy led the team in receiving as usual with 65 yards.

Although the Longhorns won, Sarkisian had a far less than ideal debut at Texas. In fact, a losing season was hardly expected when the Longhorns hired the former Alabama offensive coordinator.

This rocky season included close games and demoralizing losses to Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Baylor, Kansas and West Virginia. 

Nevertheless, Sarkisian believes the finale gives Longhorn nation a reason to be happy.

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“We won a football game today and it’s OK to smile and be happy for our players and our fans and everybody involved to win a ballgame at home,” he said. 

For some fans, this win simply won’t be enough to cheer them up, especially after top target Armani Winfield decommitted from the Longhorns mid-game.

Unless Texas receives a bowl invite (very unlikely), the Longhorns and Sarkisian have a long road ahead this offseason, with hopes of turning this ship around going into 2022. 


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