Joe Bergeron was the starting RB for the Longhorns
The Longhorns started the 2012 season with a win over the Wyoming Cowboys 37-17.
Kenny Vaccaro started his Thorpe campaign with a bang, as the 15th ranked Texas Longhorns (1-0,0-0) defeated the Wyoming Cowboys (0-1,0-0) 37-17.
The Longhorns were led on offense by the same running attack that guided them in 2011. Sophomore Joe Bergeron got the start and carried the ball 15 times for 110 yards and two touchdowns. Bergeron scored Texas' first touchdown of the night on a fourth and goal from the one and Texas' last with a 17 yard run in the fourth quarter.
Malcolm Brown was productive in the “back-up” role, carrying the ball 14 times for 105 yards and a score.
David Ash started the game at quarterback, and was a productive 20-of-27 for 156 yards while throwing for one touchdown.
He looked more comfortable in the pocket, and was able to make the smart and right read throughout the night.
Jaxon Shipley caught seven passes for 45 yards and a touchdown, and had one carry for 18 yards on what seemed to be a broken play. He threw one pass which was dropped in the endzone by Mike Davis after he was hit, shattering Shipley's perfect completion percentage.
On defense, only Alex Okafor was able to record a sack, though Jackson Jeffcoat had six tackles and a quarterback hurry. Vaccaro looked strong, with an interception in the second quarter and five tackles. Carrington Byndom also recorded an interception.
The defense did allow 345 yards of offense and 17 points, which could be a cause of concern. The team looked all around sloppy, though part of that could be the fact that Wyoming may be better than people expect of them.
Texas looked good in two of three aspects of the kicking game, kickoff coverage and punting. The problem was the place kicking, which was without former Nittany Lion Anthony Fera, who converted 14-of-17 field goals for Penn State last season.
Freshman high school All-American Nick Jordan took the place kicking duties, but showed that he was not ready for the pressure. He only converted one of three field goals, and had an extra point attempt blocked.
Game Grade: C+
Texas' defense allowed an 82 yard passing touchdown late in the first quarter. Last season the Longhorn defense didn't allow a touchdown pass of more than 20 yards until the loss at Baylor to eventual Heisman Trophy winner Robert Griffin the III.
In the end, Texas' defense was able to settle down and force Wyoming to only convert 1-of-11 third down attempts.
Texas was able to score in all six of their redzone possessions, scoring touchdowns in five of the six trips. The Longhorns also outgained Wyoming on the ground 280 yards to 69.
Texas will need to play better on defense in their matchup against the Lobos of New Mexico, at 7:00 pm on September the 8th. New Mexico should be the worst opponent on the schedule, and Texas should have its way with them. The Lobos have not made a bowl game since 2007, and the game should serve as the confidence booster that this Texas team needs before heading to the Grove to take on Ole Miss on the 15th.