By Bane Rossi
The Longhorns moved up seven spots following a road win over Alabama.
AUSTIN, Texas – Texas Football moved up seven spots to No. 4 in the Associated Press Top 25 following its 34-24 victory over then-No. 3 Alabama on Saturday at Bryant-Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa, Ala. The Longhorns are ranked in the top five for the first time since beginning the 2010 campaign at No. 5. and received the highest ranking for the program since finishing No. 2 following the 2009 BCS Championship Game. Texas received two first-place votes in this week’s poll.
The Longhorns also checked in at No. 6 on the US LBM Coaches Poll, UT’s best spot on the coaches poll since ranking fourth in week four of the 2010 season.
Texas’ victory snapped a 21-game home winning streak for Alabama and became the first team to defeat the Crimson Tide by double digits at home under head coach Nick Saban. Trailing 16-13 heading into the fourth quarter, Texas scored 21 points in the final frame to claim the program’s first-ever non-conference road victory over an AP Top-3 opponent.
Sophomore quarterback Quinn Ewers completed 24-of-38 passes for 349 yards and three touchdowns, including two to junior wide receiver Adonai Mitchell in the victory. Defensively, the Longhorns registered five sacks, the most surrendered by the Tide at home since 2015 (Tennessee). Freshman linebacker Anthony Hill Jr. paced the Longhorns with two sacks, the first of his career.
The Longhorns return home to Darrel K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium to host Wyoming on Saturday, Sept. 16. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. CT on LHN.
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