3 takeaways from Texas football’s crippling collapse vs. OK State

Quinn Ewers, Texas football
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Quinn Ewers, Texas football (Photo by Tim Warner/Getty Images)
Quinn Ewers, Texas football (Photo by Tim Warner/Getty Images) /

Miscommunication plagues the Texas offense

The Oklahoma State defense managed to do something that no one else had so far this season, rattle redshirt freshman quarterback Quinn Ewers on a consistent basis. Oklahoma State was finding a way to use the multiple edge rushers at its disposal to beat a Texas offensive line that struggled at times in this game.

While Oklahoma State only got home on Ewers once, there were multiple quarterback pressures that clearly got to him early on.

As a result, we saw Ewers complete just 19 of his whopping 49 passing attempts (38.8 completion percentage) for 319 passing yards, two passing touchdowns, and three interceptions. Ewers was not able to get in any sort of rhythm with his receivers in this game, even when Oklahoma State wasn’t getting pressure in his face.

I will say that I think the Oklahoma State pressure early on, and the early pick from senior safety Jason Taylor got Ewers off schedule. But Ewers wasn’t able to get comfortable in the pocket. And that had a detrimental effect on his passing at all levels of the field.

The Iowa State game did show a frustrated Ewers that was out of sync at times. But this game showed a completely different side of Ewers’ struggles that halted this offense’s progress in the second half. Texas managed just three points in the second half after putting up more than 30 in the first 30 minutes.

Sark and the Longhorns have to figure out this communication issue to get Ewers back in sync with the likes of star sophomore wide receiver Xavier Worthy, sophomore tight end Ja’Tavion Sanders, redshirt junior wide receiver Jordan Whittington, etc.