Wyoming Falls to No. 15 Texas, 37-17
Sept. 1, 2012
AUSTIN, Texas -
Despite a late comeback attempt, the Wyoming Cowboy football team lost a hard-fought contest Saturday to 15th-ranked Texas on Saturday, 37-17.
Wyoming (0-1 overall) held an early 9-7 lead over the Longhorns (1-0 overall), but were outscored 30-8 the rest of the way in the 2012 season opener for both teams.
UW junior wide receiver Robert Herron had a stellar season opener, as he got past the Texas defense for five catches for 173 yards and two touchdowns. Herron's yardage total was a career high for the fleet-footed receiver.
Wyoming sophomore quarterback Brett Smith had a nice outing as well, going 16-for-28 for 276 yards and two touchdowns. He also threw two interceptions.
The Cowboys forced a Texas three-and-out on UT's first offensive series thanks to some stout defense, and then UW's offense then put together a nice opening drive, going 56 yards on 10 plays to open the scoring. Sophomore placekicker Stuart Williams put UW on the board first as he nailed a 33-yard field goal to put the Pokes up 3-0 with 9:14 to go in the first quarter.
The Longhorns struck back with 5:05 to go in the first, as Joe Bergeron scored a 1-yard TD run on fourth down, which made it 7-3 Texas.
But the Pokes lit up the scoreboard again moments later, when junior wide receiver Robert Herron turned a routine reception into an 82-yard catch and run for a touchdown. The ensuing extra point was blocked for the 9-7 Wyoming lead.
After Wyoming's score, Texas was able to tack on two more touchdowns and a field goal in the second quarter to go into the locker room with a 24-9 lead. Texas was then able to score on a one-yard TD run by Malcolm Brown to go up 31-9 with 3:30 remaining in the third period.
Wyoming wouldn't be denied on a fourth-quarter drive, when Smith hit Herron for a 22-yard TD strike to draw the score to 31-17. But Texas added another score with 8:48 to go in the fourth quarter to make it 37-17.
Wyoming will host Toledo on Saturday in Laramie for its first home game of the season. Kickoff is set for 2 p.m. at War Memorial Stadium.