Wyoming at Texas

No. 15 Texas 37, Wyoming 17

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AUSTIN, Texas -- After winning the starting job in training camp, Texas quarterback David Ash said he'd be happy to hand off and get out of the way if it meant the Longhorns would win.

Good plan.

Joe Bergeron and Malcolm Brown both rushed for more than 100 yards and combined for three touchdowns, leading Texas to a 37-17 opening win over Wyoming on Saturday night.

While Ash was efficient and mostly mistake free in moving Texas on long scoring drives, Bergeron and Brown battered Wyoming and delivered the knockout blow late in the fourth quarter to put the game away.

Bergeron ripped a 53-yard run up the middle from the Texas nine, then capped the drive with a 17-yard touchdown, his second of the night, with 8:48 to play.

Bergeron finished with 110 yards and two touchdowns and Brown ran for 105 yards and a third-quarter touchdown for Texas.

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"The more the game wears on, those guys can make some plays by breaking tackles," Texas coach Mack Brown said. "You want to just keep bringing it."

Robert Herron had touchdown catches of 82 and 22 yards for Wyoming (0-1). Cowboys quarterback Brett Smith passed for 276 yards but threw two interceptions in the second quarter that set up Texas touchdowns.

"I can't make those stupid mistakes because against a team like that, they're going to capitalize on it," Smith said. "I can't put the defense in holes like that."

Ash, who won the starting job over Case McCoy after those two shared starts in 2011, was an efficient 20-of-27 passing for 156 yards and a touchdown to Jaxon Shipley.

Ash was dogged by interceptions last season and spent most of the game throwing short passes to the sideline and to his running backs to keep drives alive. His only big mistake was a fumbled snap after Herron's second touchdown had pulled Wyoming within 31-17.

"It's my job to just go out there and operate and manage the game," Ash said. "I was trying to move the chains... get it in somebody's hands and let them make a play."

Texas needed the big plays from its defense. The Longhorns were scoreless on three of their first four possessions before the two interceptions flipped momentum.

Kenny Vaccaro's interception led to Ash's 16-yard touchdown pass to Shipley. Vaccaro then pressured Smith into making a bad throw that was picked off by Carrington Byndum to set up D.J. Monroe's 7-yard touchdown run.

Texas was seemingly on its way to an easy win until Herron made an acrobatic grab for his second touchdown and Wyoming got the ball back after Ash's fumble.

The Cowboys converted one fourth down but was stopped on another when Smith was tackled a yard short of the marker. Bergeron then burst up the middle for his big run. His second touchdown came when he broke through the line to his left and rumbled to the end zone.

"We thought we were going to score another touchdown and make it a one-score game," Wyoming coach Dave Christensen said. "That's why we went for it on fourth down. A field goal wouldn't have helped us."

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Scoring Summary
WYOStuart Williams 33 yd FG
TEXASJoe Bergeron 1 yd run (Nick Jordan kick)
WYORobert Herron 82 yd pass from Brett Smith (blocked XP)
TEXASJaxon Shipley 16 yd pass from David Ash (Nick Jordan kick)
TEXASD.J. Monroe 7 yd run (Nick Jordan kick)
TEXASNick Jordan 31 yd FG
TEXASMalcolm Brown 1 yd run (Nick Jordan kick)
WYORobert Herron 22 yd pass from Brett Smith (Dominic Rufran 2pt pass from Brett Smith)
TEXASJoe Bergeron 17 yd run (blocked XP)
Team Stats
First Downs1522
Third Down Efficiency1-119-17
Fourth Down Efficiency2-32-2
Plays-Net Yards58-34575-436
Passing Yds276156
Kick Return Yds4459
Punt Return Yds314
Time of Poss.24:4835:12
Individual Stats
WYO: Brandon Miller 14-34, Brett Smith 8-18, Shaun Wick 5-9, Robert Herron 1-6, D.J. May 1-3, Team 1--1
TEXAS: Joe Bergeron 15-110, Malcolm Brown 14-105, D.J. Monroe 5-36, Jaxon Shipley 1-18, Johnathan Gray 5-9, David Ash 5-8, Case McCoy 1--1, Team 1--5
WYO: Brett Smith 16-28-276-2
TEXAS: David Ash 20-27-156-0, Jaxon Shipley 0-1-0-0
WYO: Robert Herron 5-173, Dominic Rufran 3-46, Brandon Miller 3-18, Chris McNeill 2-13, Justin Berger 1-12, Trey Norman 1-8, Jalen Claiborne 1-6
TEXAS: Jaxon Shipley 7-45, Mike Davis 4-40, Malcolm Brown 2-15, D.J. Monroe 1-15, Bryant Jackson 1-15, Jeremy Hills 1-8, Marquise Goodwin 1-8, D.J. Grant 1-4, Kendall Sanders 1-3, Joe Bergeron 1-3
Wyoming1st Mountain West Mountain6-28-6
Texas6th Big 12 3-65-7

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