No. 20 Texas Longhorns fall at the Alamo Bowl to NO. 12 Washington Huskies 27-20
SAN ANTONIO — No. 20 Texas Longhorns fought until the end in a late fourth quarter drive, but came up just a little short and fell to No. 12 Washington 27-20 before a crowd of 62,730, the largest since 2015 for the Valero Alamo Bowl.
The game started slower than normal, however considering Texas’ three core players have moved on to pursue an NFL career, Texas stayed tough, just not in the style the team had grown into during this past season.
Chapter two 'Sarkisian' ended at the Alamo Bowl were Texas put up 8 drives with 65 plays (18 less than Washington) for a total of 420 yards of total offense. Impressive and enough to win most games, but seven points shy of a win.
Quinn Ewers passed for 369 passing yards going 31-47 (66%) and had a couple sweeping runs that gave Texas needed first downs, there were a passing plays to Xavier Worthy that could have changed the momentum had the ball been caught.
Ewers passed to Worthy 14 times, Worthy caught seven for 84 yards. Sarkisian commented in the postgame press conference that it was about being consistent and Texas needed to do better in that area.
Casey Cain made 4 big plays for 104 yards receiving at critical times in the game.
In all, Ewers targeted eight receivers who contributed to the total offense: Casey Cain (4-108), Xavier Worthy (7-84), Jordan Whittington (5-44), Keilan Robinson (6-40), Jonathan Brooks (2-37), Ja’Tavion Sanders (5-36), Gunnar Helm (1-19), and Savion Red (1-1).
Anthony Cook received the Fred Jacoby Sportsmanship Award given to a student-athlete who best displays the attributes of sportsmanship, leadership, citizenship and academic integrity in his athletic, academic, and life pursuits.
For the game, Texas was not a rush first offense with only 51 yards from three players, one of which was Ewers, however Bijan Robinson and Roschon Johnson were both at the game and stayed on the sidelines encouraging players. No doubt wishing they could put on their uniforms.
Texas ends their 2022 season 8-5 overall.