I-A College Football
                        === Texas throttles Wyoming ===
 Austin,  TX (Sports Network) - Joe Bergeron rushed for 110 yards and a pair of
 touchdowns  on 15  carries, as No. 15 Texas downed Wyoming, 37-17, on Saturday
 at Darrell K. Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium.
 Malcolm Brown added to the Longhorn ground attack with 105 yards on 14 carries
 and  a touchdown,  while D.J. Monroe chipped  in 36 yards on five rushes and a
 score  for  Texas (1-0),  which has  won 13 straight  season openers under the
 direction of coach Mack Brown.
 David  Ash  completed 20-of-27  passes  for  156  yards, including  a  16-yard
 touchdown  strike  to Jaxon  Shipley, who  finished with  seven catches for 45
 yards, as Texas looks to rebound from an 8-5 record last season.
 "I  was just  trying to move the  chains and convert third downs," Ash said of
 his  performance. "You  want to get the  ball in somebody's hands and let them
 get the first down for you."
 Brett  Smith  went 16-of-28  for  276  yards, two  touchdowns  and  a pair  of
 interceptions  after  setting a  new Mountain  West Conference freshman record
 with 3,332 yards of total offense in 2011.
 "He  was great,"  Wyoming  coach  Dave Christensen  said  of his  quarterback.
 "Tonight  was the  best we've ever thrown  the football against one of the top
 defenses  in the nation.  I thought our protection was good and we played very
 Robert  Herron hauled in five passes for 173 yards and both touchdowns for the
 Cowboys (0-1), who finished 8-5 a season ago.
 Wyoming  forced  a quick  three-and-out from the  Longhorns before the Cowboys
 first  drive of  the  season resulted  in  a 33-yard  field  goal from  Stuart
 Texas  responded  with an 11-play,  68-yard drive, highlighted by back-to-back
 big  runs  from  Malcolm  Brown  to move  the  Longhorns  inside  the  10-yard
 line before Bergeron  converted  a 4th-and-goal from  the 1-yard line  to give
 Texas a 7-3 edge.
 The  Cowboys  answered quickly as Smith  connected with Herron, who broke free
 from  a pair of Longhorn defenders and scampered 82 yards for a touchdown. The
 extra point was blocked however, leaving Wyoming with a 9-7 advantage.
 Nick  Jordan  missed a  46-yard field  goal on Texas'  first possession of the
 second  quarter,  but the Longhorns  got the ball  right back as Kenny Vaccaro
 picked off Smith and returned it to Wyoming's 43-yard line.
 Ash quickly took advantage, hitting Monroe for 15 yards before finding Shipley
 in the end zone four plays later to give the Longhorns a 14-9 lead.
 Carrington  Byndom  then came up with  an interception on Wyoming's next drive
 and Brown broke free for 31 yards two plays later.
 Monroe  then finished off the drive when he broke through the line on 3rd-and-
 goal and took it seven yards for the score to extend the lead to 21-9.
 A  31-yard  field goal from  Jordan on their  next position sent the Longhorns
 into the locker room with a 24-9 edge.
 Texas  converted three  third downs on its first possession of the second half
 and then converted a 4th-and-goal from the 1-yard line when Brown capped a 17-
 play, 77-yard drive with a 1-yard surge to make it a 31-9 lead.
 Smith  found  Herron for  a 22-yard  touchdown pass  on the  first play of the
 fourth quarter and then hit Dominic Rufran for the two-point conversion to cut
 the lead to 31-17.
 Ash  then fumbled on Texas' next play, but the Cowboys turned the ball over on
 downs when Smith failed to convert a 4th-and-2 from the Texas 9-yard line.
 The  Longhorns  made Wyoming  pay, as  Bergeron rumbled  54 yards into Wyoming
 territory  before  capping the 6-play,  91-yard drive with a 17-yard touchdown
 run to seal the victory.
                                   Game Notes
 Texas  has  won all five  of the meetings between  these two teams ... Wyoming
 fell  to Temple in the New Mexico Bowl last season ... Texas outrushed Wyoming
 280-69 ... Rufran finished with three catches for 46 yards.
 09/02 02:43:50 ET

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