Big Plays Finish Off Wyoming

For the second time in as many weeks, the Texas Longhorns started the game off slowly.

And for the second time in as many games, the No. 5 Longhorns (2-0) used big plays to create some space before halftime, using that rally to defeat Wyoming (1-1) 34-7.

The Longhorns actually trailed 7-6 when Wyoming quarterback Austyn Carta-Samuels ran for an 18-yard touchdown with 5:31 left in the second quarter. But less than five minutes later, the Longhorns took a 20-7 advantage of their own, thanks to long touchdown plays from Fozzy Whittaker and Mike Davis.

"Coming back and scoring immediately really jump-started us," Brown said.

The Longhorns drove down the field on their first drive, traveling 46 yards in 10 plays and finishing with a 45-yard field goal from Justin Tucker. The Longhorns didn't score again until more than a quarter later, when a 32-yard Curtis Brown punt return set up Tucker's second score, this one from 36 yards out.

The Cowboys used a pair of big plays to take a 7-6 lead just 2:37 later. First, Carta-Samuels completed a 34-yard strike to Wyoming receiver Zach Bolger. Two plays later, Carta-Samuels scrambled away from pressure and darted into the end zone for an 18-yard touchdown.

Texas responded immediately. Whittaker accelerated through a crease and broke four tackles on a 39-yard touchdown run. The run was Whittaker's longest as a Longhorn. Texas scored again on its next play, when freshman receiver Davis caught a Garrett Gilbert pass, made a defender miss and outran the defense for a 45-yard score and a 20-7 lead.

"When I get the ball in my hands," Davis said. "I think I'm going to take it to the house."

Texas extended the lead on its first possession of the third quarter, when Cody Johnson ran for a two-yard score. Johnson added its final score late in the fourth quarter when Johnson scored from the one.

"I think (passing the ball more) helped the running game, just like the running game helps the passing game," Johnson said. "It opened up. We have receivers who can catch and a quarterback who can make those passes."

Gilbert completed 22-of-35 passes for 222 yards and a touchdown. Davis finished with seven catches for 104 yards and a score. Whittaker was Texas's leading rusher, running for 62 yards on seven carries and scoring a touchdown.

"We still have some things that we can improve," Brown said.

The defense had a strong game, though the Longhorns didn't generate a turnover. Texas held Wyoming to 257 yards of total offense, and sacked wily scrambler Carta-Samuels three times. Eddie Jones, Keenan Robinson and Sam Acho all grabbed sacks, while Acho led the Longhorns with three tackles for loss. Kheeston Randall addded two tackles for loss. Jones and Blake Gideon paced Texas with eight stops apiece.

Texas will next move on to play Texas Tech (2-0) in Lubbock.

Scoring Summary

Texas -- Justin Tucker 45 FG, 10:42 1Q

Texas -- Tucker 36 FG, 8:08 2Q

Wyoming -- Austyn Carta-Samuels 18 run (Ian Watts kick), 5:31 2Q

Texas -- Fozzy Whittaker 39 run (Tucker kick), 3:24 2Q

Texas -- Mike Davis 45 pass from Garrett Gilbert (Tucker kick), 1:36 2Q

Texas -- Cody Johnson 2 run (Tucker kick), 8:04 3Q

Texas -- Cody Johnson 1 run (Tucker kick), 0:54 4Q

Game Notes

* Brown said he felt "much better" about the balance that the Longhorns showed on offense. Texas ran the ball 29 times for 167 yards, averaging 5.8 yards per carry. The Longhorns passed it 35 times, completing 22 for 222 yards.

Perhaps most importantly, Texas was also able to keep the most positive element of its Rice performance: the fact that the Longhorns didn't allow a sack or turn the ball over on offense. With the Longhorn defense playing the way that it is, holding onto the ball and maintaining a field position advantage could make Texas awfully tough to beat.

* For the second consecutive week, the Longhorns were slow out of the gate. Texas scored three points in the first quarter, with the Longhorns putting up just 76 yards of total offense. At the same time, Texas's defense ensured that Wyoming started slowly as well, shutting out the Cowboys early while allowing 22 yards on 12 plays in the first quarter. The Longhorns didn't score their first touchdown until the 3:24 mark in the second quarter.

* True freshman Mike Davis caught his first career pass, an exciting 30-yard catch-and-run early in the second quarter. Davis nearly had a nice gain on the very next play, but he couldn't haul in a Garrett Gilbert pass that came in behind him. Davis went on to have a nice game, catching seven passes for 104 yards and a score.

Davis also helped Gilbert set his own first, taking a Gilbert pass 45 yards for a score. That touchdown was Gilbert's first of the season, Davis's first of his career and the longest pass of Gilbert's career.

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