Texas upsets Alabama, 34-24: Longhorns coach Steve Sarkisian returns to Tuscaloosa to STUN mentor Nick Saban and end the Tide’s 43-game non-conference home winning streak
- Saban went into Saturday’ game with a 28-2 win record against former assistants
- Saturday’s win for Texas was also the team’s first trip to Tuscaloosa since 1902
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The Texas Longhorns have overcome the Alabama Crimson Tide, 34-24, in an upset for the ages, as Longhorns head coach Steve Sarkisian earned his first win over his mentor Nick Saban on a huge night for a program trying to climb back into national championship contention.
Texas (2-0) delivered its biggest win under Steve Sarkisian in a game that slipped away last season after a red-hot Quinn Ewers exited due to of a first-quarter shoulder injury. He was back and with another big weapon in Adonai Mitchell. This amounted to a welcome-to-the-Southeastern Conference moment for a program set to join Alabama & Co. next season.
It didn’t come without a fight from the Crimson Tide (1-1), which has now seen three games slip away late in the past two seasons. What’s more, is that Alabama had its 21-game home winning streak snapped along with a 57-game regular-season binge against nonconference teams dating to Nick Saban’s debut season, 2007.
Mitchell delivered big against ‘Bama – again. The Georgia transfer caught touchdown passes of 7 and 39 yards in the fourth quarter. As a freshman Mitchell’s 40-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter of the national championship game against the Tide gave Georgia the lead and the first of back-to-back titles.
He caught the winner against Ohio State in the semifinal as well. Then Mitchell headed to Texas and another showdown with Alabama.
Sarkisian, a former Alabama offensive coordinator, came into the game 14-12 at Texas and with just two wins in nine tries against ranked teams. He left with a doozie of a win over his former boss. Academy Award-winning actor Matthew McConaughey was also in attendance for Saturday’s game to root for his alma matter- Texas.
The Texas Longhorns defeated Alabama, 34-24, in a huge win for a program trying to get back to contending for the national championship
Texas QB Quinn Ewers had a huge night, completing 24-of-38 passes for three touchdowns
Texas’ head coach Steve Sarkisian was an offensive coordinator for Alabama from 2019-2020
Alabama head coach Nick Saban is now 23-8 against former assistant coaches after losing to Sarkisian and the Longhorns on Saturday night
Ewers was 24-of-38 passing and tight end Ja’Tavion Sanders had five catches for 114 yards.
Alabama’s Jalen Milroe delivered big plays passing and running, but also was picked off twice on bad decisions. He was 14 of 27 for 255 yards with a pair of touchdowns.
Both quarterbacks delivered big drives to swap the lead in the final 16 minutes.
Alabama didn’t grab its first lead until Milroe found Jermaine Burton – also a transfer from two-time defending national champion Georgia – in the left corner of the end zone for a 49-yard touchdown with 14 seconds left in the third quarter. That came after a fourth-down stop when Ewers couldn’t control the snap under center.
That lead became a double-digit deficit again in a whirlwind 84-second span.
Ewers answered right back with a 50-yard pass and run to Sanders. Then he promptly hit Mitchell for his 7-yarder.
The Longhorns caught two interceptions in the fourth quarter that carried them to victory
Actor Matthew McConaughey was in attendance for his alma matter’s away game in Alabama
Ewers displays Texas’ ‘Hook ‘Em’ hand signal after coming up big at Bryant-Denny Stadium
Peyton and Eli Manning’s nephew, Arch, who is the son of Cooper, warmed-up against Alabama but wasn’t expected to play, considering he’s a freshman
Jerrin Thompson stepped in front of Milroe’s pass and raced 32 yards to set up Jonathon Brooks’ 5-yard run. Suddenly it was Texas 27, Alabama 16.
Milroe and ‘Bama weren’t done, however. Milroe recovered a dropped snap and hit tight end Amari Niblack, who rambled for a 39-yard touchdown.
Milroe’s two-point pass made it 27-24 with 11:08 left before Mitchell’s long score put it away. Prior to the game, Texas’ backup QB, Arch Manning, who’s the nephew of Pro Football Hall of Famers Peyton and Eli, was trolled by the Alabama faithful.
Saturday’s win for Texas was also the team’s first trip to Tuscaloosa since 1902.
Up next: the Longhorns host Wyoming on Saturday, September 16.
Alabama will play at South Florida later that same day.