NCAA Game Summary - Wyoming at Texas|
(Saturday, September 1st)
Final Score: (15) Texas 37, Wyoming 17
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.
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 02:43:25 ET