Texas Football: 3 takeaways from Longhorns titanic win over Alabama

Quinn Ewers, Texas football
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Quinn Ewers is a big-game deep ball thrower

Ewers turned a corner throwing the deep ball when it mattered most. After going 0-of-6 on deep ball passing attempts in the Week 1 win over the Rice Owls, Ewers looked like a completely different quarterback throwing the deep ball on this night against Alabama’s stout secondary.

Ewers completed multiple key deep balls, including two that went for touchdowns to junior wide receiver Adonai Mitchell and junior wide receiver Xavier Worthy. Mitchell and Ewers had a special connection against the Tide, evident with the boundary wideout’s three catches for 78 yards (averaging 26 yards per catch).

It’s clear that Ewers gets up for the big game when it comes to throwing the deep ball. He had four deep-ball completions on this night. Ewers has four games where he’s completed at least two deep balls for over 50 yards. Three of those games came against Alabama in the last two seasons and the win over the Oklahoma Sooners in Red River last year.

But this performance was more than just Ewers finding the deep ball. He was solid, picking apart the Alabama defense in the short and intermediate passing game. Outside of the deep ball, he still had 20 completions for over 200 passing yards and one passing touchdown, with no turnovers.

I would also be remiss if I didn’t mention that Ewers has gone the first two games of the season without turning the ball over. He is now on a three-game streak without turning the ball over, going back to the Alamo Bowl last season against Washington.