Fans Defend Quinn Ewers as Penix Jr., Washington Beat Texas Without Bijan Robinson

Erin WalshDecember 30, 2022

SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS - DECEMBER 29: Quinn Ewers #3 of the Texas Longhorns warms up before the Valero Alamo Bowl against the Washington Huskies at Alamodome on December 29, 2022 in San Antonio, Texas. (Photo by Tim Warner/Getty Images)
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The Bijan Robinson-less Texas Longhorns fell to the Washington Huskies 27-20 in the Valero Alamo Bowl on Thursday night, but quarterback Quinn Ewers still put together one of his best performances of the season.

The freshman completed 31-of-47 passes for a career-high 369 yards, in addition to one touchdown in the loss.

Typically, the Longhorns would have relied heavily on Robinson, their junior running back, but he opted to not suit up for the game and declare for the 2023 NFL draft as he's expected to be a first-round pick.

In 2023 and beyond, Texas is going to have to rely more heavily on Ewers to lead the offense, and he gave fans plenty of hope that he can be the guy moving forward, even with the upcoming addition of Arch Manning.

Adam Rossow @AdamJRossow

<a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Texas?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Texas</a> falls to Washington 27-20 in the Alamo Bowl.<br><br>Quinn Ewers throws for 369 yards and a TD in the loss. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/HookEm?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#HookEm</a> <br><br>Some highlights from San Antonio: <a href="https://t.co/2slHgV0jcC">pic.twitter.com/2slHgV0jcC</a>

Kevin Ortiz @kevinortiz

Quinn Ewers outplayed Michael Penix Jr. <a href="https://t.co/t16dP1WosM">pic.twitter.com/t16dP1WosM</a>

whatsthetrend @ExplainMeTheTT

<a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/QuinnEwers?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#QuinnEwers</a> is trending! He made school records, showed leadership abilities, and has had bad days and good days. He's been a star QB for Texas this season and everyone is talking about it! <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Longhorns?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Longhorns</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Quarterback?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Quarterback</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Football?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Football</a>

Crispy Bacon Crypto @baconmafia

Quinn Ewers played well tonight. If actual <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/texaslonghorns?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#texaslonghorns</a> fans can't see that then you're absolute morons. Yup.<a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/alamo?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#alamo</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/texasvswashington?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#texasvswashington</a>

Todd Wills @wtwills09

Walking out of the Alamodome tonight with one thought — Quinn Ewers was pretty damn good tonight. He had few misfires in the first half, but he was pretty much flawless in the second half. Obvious he grew up a lot during bowl preparation.

Jorge @jacamposu

Quinn Ewers deserves better smh <a href="https://t.co/mPhAO5ROkl">https://t.co/mPhAO5ROkl</a>

Jacoby M @JacobMajors2

Quinn Ewers threw for 400 yards tonight? He's that guy.

Rylee Pedotti @rpedotti

Leadership. <br><br>Again, all the props to <a href="https://twitter.com/QuinnEwers?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@QuinnEwers</a>.<br>Profound strength of character on full display tonight. <a href="https://t.co/B27pHmfMdP">https://t.co/B27pHmfMdP</a>

Davis Denton @DavisDenton50

No question. Quinn Ewers is the man <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/hookem?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#hookem</a> <a href="https://t.co/rlHsfQKyls">https://t.co/rlHsfQKyls</a>

CJ Vogel @CJVogel_TFB

Quinn Ewers played very well tonight. Should probably stop giving any attention to anyone who says otherwise.

Quinn Ewers' Heisman Trophy @Wandering_USA

Sark is an incredible schemer and i still believe Quinn is the real deal. If you get receivers who can simply catch the football, Texas should win the Big 12 next year. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Texas?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Texas</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Longhorns?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Longhorns</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/HookEm?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#HookEm</a>

Wescott Eberts @SBN_Wescott

Quinn Ewers was 31-of-47 passing for a career-high 369 yards and a touchdown despite Texas only averaging 2.8 yards per rush. Ewers played winning football and looked improved over the last month. Important gains heading into the offseason.

CJ Vogel @CJVogel_TFB

Career-high 368 passing yards for Quinn Ewers on a night where the run game was nonexistent. He'll be ready for 2023.

Ewers, who reclassified from the 2022 recruiting class to the 2021 class, initially committed to the Ohio State Buckeyes out of high school. After riding the bench last season, he opted to enter the transfer portal, deciding Texas would be the best fit.

The 19-year-old had an up-and-down first season in Austin. Entering the Alamo Bowl, he had completed just 56.6 percent of his passes for 1,808 yards and 14 touchdowns against six interceptions.

Longhorns fans had questions about how Ewers would perform in the absence of Robinson, but Thursday's performance gave them confidence that he can lead the team to another winning season in 2023 without the star running back.