Alabama didn’t have to deal with Texas quarterback Quinn Ewers that much during 2022’s game in Austin. Ewers was knocked out of the game late in the first quarter as the Tide came away with a tight victory.
Saturday’s game in Tuscaloosa was a different story. Alabama got a heavy dose of Ewers. This time, the Tide couldn’t pull a victory out.
Texas defeated Alabama 34-24 on Saturday. Ewers had a big role in that, going 24-for-38 for 349 yards with three touchdowns and no interceptions.
ESPN’s Adam Rittenberg noted after the game that “Ewers is the first non-SEC quarterback to have 250+ pass yards and two touchdowns at Alabama since coach Nick Saban took over in 2007.”
From @ESPNStatsInfo: Texas' Quinn Ewers is the first non-SEC quarterback to have 250+ pass yards and two touchdowns at Alabama since coach Nick Saban took over in 2007.
— Adam Rittenberg (@ESPNRittenberg) September 10, 2023
And Ewers made big plays when they were needed. After a slow offensive start to the game, Ewers and Xavier Worthy connected on a 44-yard touchdown for the game’s first touchdown.
Quinn Ewers and Xavier Worthy connect for a 44-yard Texas TD vs Alabama! 🏈💣🎯 pic.twitter.com/52Z3wnV4hR
— The Comeback (@thecomeback) September 10, 2023
Then, after Texas led for most of the night, Alabama’s Jalen Milroe and Jermaine Burton connected on a 49-yard touchdown pass to give the Tide a lead going into the fourth quarter. It wouldn’t last long.
Texas answered with three touchdowns in the fourth quarter, with Ewers connecting with Adonai Mitchell on two of them. Ewers hit Mitchell with a seven-yard touchdown pass to reclaim the lead, then found him later on a 39-yard pass to effectively put the game away.
The pitch and catch from Quinn Ewers to Adonai Mitchell for the score! pic.twitter.com/1qwziKkZnb
— Hook'em Headlines (@HookemHeadlines) September 10, 2023
we've got a guy who's got a guy 🤘
— Texas Football (@TexasFootball) September 10, 2023
The college football world heaped well-earned praise on Ewers after his great game.
Quinn Ewers after y’all been begging him to connect on the deep balls pic.twitter.com/7l4YFxtU2K
— Texas Owns Bama (8-2) (@Doc_Texas) September 10, 2023
Quinn Ewers put up a CAREER game tonight against Alabama:
• 24/38 (63%)
• 349 passing yards
• 3 passing TD’s
• 119.3 passer rating
• led 6 scoring drives (4 TD, 2 FG)
• 34-24 W
Ewers is now up to 609 passing yards and 6 passing TD’s on the season.
The Longhorns QB is NOT… pic.twitter.com/RSXu4EMo2s
— NFL Rookie Watch (@NFLRookieWatxh) September 10, 2023
Quinn Ewers showed why he was the No. 1 QB in the Class of 2021 tonight vs. Alabama.
-349 passing yards
Texas takes down the Crimson Tide 34-24 in Tuscaloosa pic.twitter.com/RKSmCzIlLn
— 247Sports (@247Sports) September 10, 2023
Quinn Ewers to Nick Saban after Texas beat Bama:
— Danny Armstrong (@DArmstrong44) September 10, 2023
QUINN EWERS TONIGHT pic.twitter.com/LsrjO1RXO5
— FanDuel Sportsbook (@FDSportsbook) September 10, 2023