QB Quinn Ewers with 2 TD passes on Texas debut, a 52-10 win over ULM

Victory against an overwhelmed opponent was still a much-needed victory for sophomore coach Steve Sarkisian after the Longhorns lost 5-7 in 2021.

AUSTIN, Texas β€” Quinn Ewers has rushed for 225 yards and two touchdowns on his debut as quarterback for Texas, and the Longhorns rolled over Louisiana-Monroe 52-10 for both programs Saturday night in the season opener.

Victory over an overwhelmed opponent was still a much-needed win for sophomore coach Steve Sarkisian after the Longhorns lost 5-7 in 2021. Texas next week hosts No. 1 Alabama, where Sarkisian was offensive coordinator when the Crimson Tide won the 2020 state championship.

Ewers was one of the country’s top recruits out of high school near Dallas, but skipped his senior season and enrolled at Ohio State. He was buried on the Buckeyes’ depth chart and took just two snaps last season before making the switch. He won the starting job against Hudson Card, who was the Texas starter to open the 2021 season.

Ewers had a solid night despite some trouble hitting deep shots, and his biggest plays came on catch-and-run connections that turned his receivers into long wins. His favorite target that night was tight end Ja’Tavion Sanders, who caught six passes for 85 yards and one Touchdown in the first quarter.

Bijan Robinson finished the game for 111 yards on 13 touches and two touchdowns in the third quarter 16-yard catch and a 9-yard run. The third-year running back has a touchdown in 12 of his last 13 games.

THE TAKE AWAY

ULM: The Warhawks were constantly overwhelmed at the line of scrimmage, rarely giving Chandler Rogers time to find standout receiver Boogie Knight. The Warhawks gained just 259 total yards, giving up eight tackles for losses, and Knight managed just four catches for 26 yards.

Texas: Sarkisian predicted there would be some backfire and growing pains from his young quarterback, and he was right. Ewers’ first pass attempt was late to a wide-open receiver and was aborted. His second was a cover throw that was intercepted, a turnover that set up a Warhawks field goal. But Ewers bounced back well with seven straight completions, including his first career touchdown against Sanders.

SPECIAL TEAMS

Texas’ first points of the season came at a Punt block less than two minutes after game start. A bull rush down the middle opened up a gap for D’Shawn Jamison, who was so close to the punter that the kick went straight to his stomach. Keilan Robinson’s scoop and goal from 12 yards made it 7-0.

BOOKEND BIG GAMES

Jamison’s punt block was just his first big play. He made another in the third quarter when he converted an interception from a tipped pass into a 69-yard touchdown.

NEXT

ULM welcomes Nicholls on Saturday.

Texas host No. 1 Alabama in what is shaping up to be National Game of the Week between two future SEC adversaries. The Longhorns are scheduled to leave the Big 12 in 2025.

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