Bergeron, Brown push Texas over Wyoming
SEP 01, 2012 10:20p ET
"It can get better," said offensive guard Mason Walters. "We had a couple more drives where we should have gone and gotten points, and we didn't. But you can't just overlook the fact that we did that one drive there at the end that kind of put them away. That was encouraging to see. We just need to see more of it."
It wasn't a perfect performance from the Longhorns, who struggled to contain Smith and top receiver Herron (173 yards receiving, two touchdowns), especially early.
"The main focus we wanted to do this year was to start strong, and I really don't think we did that," Vaccaro said. "Honestly, we need to get our heads out of the magazines and start faster and play stronger."
Texas also started slowly offensively, while kicker Nick Jordan missed two field goals and saw an extra point blocked. And Brown said the Longhorns were tested by a Wyoming team that returned several key players from a squad that won eight games a year ago, the same win total put up by Texas.
"I think it's the best Wyoming team we have seen out of the three times that we played," Brown said.
Yet Texas had positives on all sides of the ball. The Longhorns limited their turnovers – the fumbled snap was Texas's only giveaway – and won the turnover battle. Both Bergeron (110 rushing yards) and Malcolm Brown (105) topped the century mark. And Ash completed 20 of 27 throws for 156 yards and a touchdown. The defense held Wyoming to 2.3 yards per carry and the Cowboys were just 1 for 11 on third downs. On special teams, Texas blocked a punt and an extra point, averaged 53.3 yards per punt and were excellent on kickoff coverage.
"Sometimes things don’t go perfect," Ash said. "But we had a great attitude, a great mentality, a winning mentality. I think that’s something we need to have week in and week out."
In short, it was an opener. But it was an opener that left the Longhorns with hopes that the offense can take the necessary steps forward.
"I did think that there were enough good things for us to build on," Mack Brown said. "If we had won the game 45-9 we would have walked out here feeling to good about ourselves. Now we've got things that we can still work on, but I think we'll be good."