Texas Football: 3 takeaways from Longhorns titanic win over Alabama

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Texas football head coach Steve Sarkisian got easily the biggest win of his head coaching career on Sep. 9 against head coach Nick Saban and the No. 3 Alabama Crimson Tide on the road at Bryant-Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa. Texas downed Alabama by a score of 34-24 in an upset win where UT was a one-score underdog pre-game.

This was a huge win for Sark and the Longhorns to avenge their tough one-point loss at home in the front end of this home-and-home series at DKR in Austin last season. Sark and this staff proved how far this program has come in the last couple of years with the win in Tuscaloosa this weekend.

Texas football and Quinn Ewers beat No. 3 Alabama on the road 34-24

Redshirt sophomore quarterback Quinn Ewers also made a statement on the national stage with this win over the Tide. Ewers had, by far, the biggest game of his career. This looked like the performance he was on track to have against the Tide before he suffered the shoulder injury on the hit from Dallas Turner last season.

Here’s a look at three takeaways from the massive win for Sark, Ewers, and the Longhorns over Alabama on Sep. 9 by a score of 34-24.

Texas has found its answer for the pass rush

One of the most telling stats coming out of this game was the pressure Texas was able to get on Jalen Milroe and the Tide. Texas had five sacks and at least a dozen quarterback pressure on Milroe and the Tide. Meanwhile, Alabama had a few quarterback pressures and no sacks on Ewers and the Longhorns.

This is just the fifth start of Ewers’ career where he wasn’t sacked once. It is also the third time he took every snap as Texas’ quarterback where he wasn’t sacked.

Pete Kwiatkowski and the Longhorns have seemingly found the answer to generate a pass rush. Texas had five team sacks against one of the biggest and most talented offensive lines in the SEC on this night against Alabama.

Sophomore edge rusher Ethan Burke tallied 1.5 sacks and multiple quarterback pressures. True freshman linebacker/hybrid edge rusher Anthony Hill Jr. did a fantastic job spying Milroe, coming up with a career-best two sacks and six combined tackles on the night.