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No. 11 Texas upends No. 3 Alabama, 34-24


No. 11 Texas stated an early howdy to the Southeastern Convention by scoring three touchdowns within the fourth quarter to stun No. 3 Alabama 34-24 on Saturday evening in Tuscaloosa, Ala.

One 12 months after shedding to Alabama by one level at dwelling, and one 12 months earlier than turning into a member of the SEC, Texas snapped Alabama’s 21-game dwelling successful streak. Quinn Ewers led Texas with 24-for-38 passing for 349 yards and three touchdowns, two to Adonai Mitchell.

The Longhorns (2-0) scored two touchdowns 15 seconds aside to maneuver forward by 11 early within the fourth quarter.

Alabama answered with Jalen Milroe’s second landing go and a 2-point conversion, however Mitchell acquired behind the Crimson Tide protection and hauled in a 39-yard go ultimately zone with 8:23 left for the ultimate margin.

Texas coach Steve Sarkisian joined Jimbo Fisher and Kirby Good as the one former Nick Saban assistants to beat the Alabama coach.

Alabama (1-1) misplaced a regular-season nonconference sport for the primary time since 2007. Milroe accomplished 14 of 27 passes for 255 yards with two interceptions.

Alabama dedicated 10 penalties for 90 yards, two of them nullifying would-be landing receptions by Jermaine Burton.

Jahdae Barron intercepted Milroe on Alabama’s first possession and returned it to Alabama’s 30-yard line. The Longhorns settled for Bert Auburn’s 32-yard discipline objective after a third-down go glanced off Worthy’s fingertips.

Alabama tied it 3-3 on the primary play of the second quarter. Will Reichard related from 42 yards.

Texas replied with a four-play, 75-yard scoring drive. On a trick play, Xavier Worthy caught a backward go and threw it down the sideline to Mitchell, who drew go interference. Then Ewers lofted a ball that hit Worthy in stride for a 44-yard landing.

Auburn made one other discipline objective from 29 yards, and Alabama may solely add a 30-yard discipline objective from Reichard earlier than halftime to chop it to 13-6. Reichard drilled his third discipline objective from 51 yards with 11:09 left within the third quarter.

After Texas transformed on one fourth-down play and fell quick on one other, Alabama capitalized. Milroe loosed a 49-yard rocket to a streaking Burton for a landing, giving the Tide their first lead at 16-13 with 14 seconds left within the third.

Texas then went 75 yards in three performs, aided by one other Alabama go interference and a 50-yard catch and run by tight finish Ja’Tavion Sanders (5 catches, 114 yards). Ewers hit Mitchell from 7 yards to realize a four-point lead with 14:05 left.

On Alabama’s subsequent play from scrimmage, Milroe floated a go and Jerrin Thompson stepped in entrance of it, returning the choose to the 5-yard line. Jonathon Brooks ran it in from there to make it 27-16.

Milroe dropped a low snap however picked it up, rolled proper and hit Amari Niblack, who evaded tacklers for a 39-yard landing with 11:17 on the clock. Isaiah Bond caught a soar ball for the 2-point conversion.

Texas linebacker Anthony Hill Jr. had 1.5 sacks, together with one on third down that compelled Alabama to punt with 7:14 left. The Longhorns milked the remaining clock.

—Discipline Stage Media

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