Texas football QB Quinn Ewers ‘responding well’ after poor performance

Quinn Ewers, Texas football (Photo by Brian Bahr/Getty Images)
Quinn Ewers, Texas football (Photo by Brian Bahr/Getty Images) /

Redshirt freshman Texas football quarterback Quinn Ewers had his worst performance of the season to date prior to the bye week in a one-possession loss on the road against the Oklahoma State Cowboys. Texas fell short to Oklahoma State on the road in Stillwater on Oct. 22 by the final score of 41-34.

Ewers was off target throughout much of the game, completing just 19 of his 49 passing attempts (38.8 completion percentage) for 319 passing yards, two passing touchdowns, and three interceptions.

While some of the incompletions and the late interception that sealed this game aren’t really Ewers’ fault (some bounced off the hands of his receivers, i.e. Ja’Tavion Sanders on the last offensive play of the game), it’s hard to overlook some of the troubles in the second and third quarters. Ewers had more than a dozen overthrows and couldn’t get the timing down with his receivers.

Even the passing yards can be a bit deceiving in that game. Ewers did set a career-high in passing yards in this game with 319. But that was due in large part to the career-high 49 passing attempts he had against the Pokes.

The adjusted yards per passing attempt do a better job of illustrating the type of impact that the number of attempts had on his overall output in this game. Ewers registered just 4.6 adjusted yards per passing attempt, which is almost half as many as his next-lowest tally from any start this season.

There are plenty of negatives to focus on coming out of that loss to Oklahoma State for Ewers and the Longhorns. But now is the time to turn the page with Texas coming out of the bye week and needing to focus on a difficult opponent ahead in the No. 13 ranked Kansas State Wildcats.

Texas football QB Quinn Ewers ready to bounce back after a bad outing vs. Oklahoma State

And it sounds like this is just the mindset that Ewers has this week after a much-needed bye week for him and this Texas team.

It sounds like Ewers is keeping a level head and moving on from that tough showing on the road a couple of weeks ago.

According to a report from Hudson Standish of Horns247 on Nov. 1 (paid content), Ewers is “responding well” in practice in the last week or so following the loss to the Pokes. This piece from Standish also notes that the bye week “much-needed recharge for the entire team but Ewers especially”.

It’s also worth mentioning that Ewers is reportedly “focused and eager” to face Kansas State on the road this coming weekend.

Moreover, this weekend will present Ewers with a big-time opportunity to right the ship and prove he can handle the spotlight on the road against a top-25 opponent. The Kansas State game will be the second true road contest of the season for Ewers as the Texas starting quarterback.

Kansas State’s defense looked really good last weekend against an Oklahoma State offense that just put up 535 total yards on the Longhorns two weekends ago. Ewers will clearly need to have his A-game on Nov. 5 if Texas wants to have any shot at beating a hot Kansas State squad.

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Texas heads into this matchup against Kansas State with a record of 5-3 (3-2 Big 12) after the bye week. The kickoff time between Texas and Kansas State is set for 6 p.m. CT on Nov. 5 at Bill Snyder Family Stadium in Manhattan, KS.