AUSTIN (KXAN) — The Texas Longhorns did what they had to do Saturday night and pummeled Louisiana-Monroe 52-10 in the season opener at DKR-Texas Memorial Stadium.

Quinn Ewers, the redshirt freshman quarterback who transferred from Ohio State, had a nice first game for the Longhorns with 225 yards on 16 of 24 passing. He overthrew a few deep passes, but he was great with intermediate routes over the middle and tossed a pair of touchdowns to Ja’Tavion Sanders and Bijan Robinson.

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Robinson did it all, as he typically does for the Horns, with both a rushing and receiving touchdown. It was his fourth career game with both, and he accounted for 111 total yards on 13 touches. He rushed 10 times for 71 yards with a 9-yard score and caught three passes for 40 yards. His receiving score came on a swing pass from Ewers where he showed off his elusiveness in the open field for a 16-yard touchdown early in the third quarter.

“It’s always great to start with a win,” Longhorns head coach Steve Sarkisian said. “Our ability to stop the run was critical, and I thought offensively we settled in after the first drive and put together a nice first half.”

Sarkisian said while his team won big, it certainly wasn’t perfect and they’ll have to clean things up for an opponent next week that will present a bit more of a challenge, to say the least.

Ewers threw an interception on the second pass of the game, but Sarkisian said his even-keel demeanor allowed him to quickly forget about the bad pass and move forward.

“There’s probably a handful of throws he’d love to have back,” Sarkisian said. “We could have done some things better around him, but we found out about him that he wouldn’t go into his shell. He bounced back.”

The game started with fireworks on special teams with a blocked punt that led to a return touchdown. D’Shawn Jamison, who also had a 69-yard interception return for a touchdown, burst through the Warhawks punt team and batted the kick down for Keilan Robinson to pick up and scamper 6 yards for the game’s first marker.

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After that, it was more Longhorns, and then some more Longhorns. A smothering defense kept the Warhawks to 5 of 15 on third down and just 2.3 yards per rush. DeMarvion Overshown had a team-high eight tackles, six solo, with two tackles for loss. Barryn Sorrell was a game wrecker on the defensive line with six tackles (two for losses) and 1.5 sacks.

The Longhorns took care of business and can now focus on a nationally-televised tilt Sept. 10 with powerhouse Alabama. The Crimson Tide is coming to town off a 55-0 win over Utah State in its season opener and is the country’s top-ranked team by both the Associated Press and the USA Today Coaches Poll.

ESPN’s College GameDay will host its show on the LBJ Library lawn starting at 9 a.m. The game is also part of Fox Sports’ Big Noon Saturday broadcast with an 11 a.m. kickoff.

Game log

FINAL: Longhorns 52, Warhawks 10. The Alabama Crimson Tide looms large next week.

3:39 4Q: The Warhawks get their first touchdown of the game on a 22-yard run by Zach Martin. PAT good. Longhorns 52, Warhawks 10

6:24 4Q: Jonathan Brooks dashes 19 yards for a TD. PAT good. Longhorns 52, Warhawks 3.

END 3Q: Longhorns 45, Warhawks 3. Hudson Card has been in at QB for the past two series.

7:13 3Q: D’Shawn Jamison collects a tipped pass and takes it 69 yards the other way for a score. He flew from about the 4-yard line into the end zone. PAT good. Longhorns 45, Warhawks 3

9:41 3Q: Bijan Robinson muscles his way in from 9 yards out. PAT good. Longhorns 38, Warhawks 3

13:08 3Q: Ewers swings it out to Bijan Robinson who does the rest. A 16-yard TD pass. PAT good. Longhorns 31, Warhawks 3

14:15 3Q: On 4th and 3, Texas converts its third 4th down of the game with an Ewers pass to Jordan Whittington for 4 yards.

HALFTIME: Longhorns 24, Warhawks 3. A bad hold on the Bert Auburn field goal attempt at the end of 2Q leads to no points on the drive. Texas will receive the 2nd half kick.

0:19 2Q: On 4th and 9 from the Warhawks’ 44-yard line, Ewers completes it to Sanders for a 13-yard gain.

3:14 2Q: Bert Auburn nails a 41-yard field goal after the Longhorns’ drive stalls. Longhorns 24, Warhawks 3

6:24 2Q: Xavier Worthy makes his presence felt in the return game. His 21-yard punt return, plus a 15-yard Warhawks late hit penalty, sets the Longhorns up at the Warhawks’ 48-yard line.

10:50 2Q: Roschon Johnson checks in and takes his first carry 16 yards to the end zone. PAT good. Longhorns 21, Warhawks 3

END 1Q: Longhorns 14, Warhawks 3. Louisiana-Monroe has the ball on its own 33-yard line to start the 2Q

1:47 1Q: Ewers uses the play-action fake and shuffles to his right to hit Ja’Tavion Sanders for a 19-yard TD, his first TD pass as a Longhorn. PAT good. Longhorns 14, Warhawks 3

5:33 1Q: DeMarvion Overshown makes a big 3rd down stop for the Longhorns and ULM has to kick a field goal. The Warhawks get on the board with Calum Sutherland’s 25-yarder. Longhorns 7, Warhawks 3

9:35 1Q: Ewers throws an interception after being flushed out of the pocket on his 2nd attempt. ULM’s Jabari Johnson pulled down the pick and the Warhawks take over on the Texas 42-yard line.

10:34 1Q: Barryn Sorrell with a sack to drop Warhawks QB Chandler Rogers on 3rd and 6, forcing a Warhawks punt. Texas didn’t block this one and the Quinn Ewers era now begins.

13:12 1Q: Texas blocks a Warhawks punt and Keilan Robinson recovers it for a 6-yard TD return. PAT good. Longhorns 7, Warhawks 0.

15:00 1Q: Texas kicks off and it goes through the end zone for a touchback. Warhawks set up shop at their own 25-yard line to start the game.

7 p.m.: The pregame theatrics are just about over, Bevo XV is secured in his pen just beyond the south end zone, and we’re about to play some football.

6 p.m.: Looking at the depth chart and there are 13 positions listed for the Longhorns. This is a bold strategy for Sarkisian and we’ll see if it pays off for him.

It’s based on formations, but we can still have a little fun with it, right?