After a disastrous first season of Steve Sarkisian’s tenure that saw Texas go 5-7 on a historic long streak of losses, the Longhorns had a great chance to prove they had improved in a Week 2 encounter against No. 1 Alabama . The Crimson Tide had championship aspirations, and Texas fans hoped that new Ohio State transfer Quinn Ewers would shine, and he did. Well, that was until Ewers got a late hit and was knocked out of the game at the end of the first quarter. Before going out, Ewers was tearing up Alabama’s defense and going 9-of-12 for 134 yards.
However, a questionable safety forced by Texas was negated by a targeting call, but would have given Texas a 12-10 lead and the ball in the third. Despite the call, Texas not only kept up with Alabama, but also appeared to control the game, as the Crimson Tide committed penalties, dropped passes, and punted on six straight drives at one point. Hudson Card replaced Ewers and kept Texas in the game, but the Longhorns left way too much time on the clock for Bryce Young. The Alabama quarterback made some magical escapes to avoid pressure, allowing him to drive down the field for a game-winning field goal. Playing as closely as they did, Texas was talked about as a possible playoff team, but dropped games against Texas Tech, Oklahoma State, and TCU. They will have a chance to avenge the loss in Alabama in 2023.