Cowboys Drop Contest To Longhorns, 34-7

Sept. 11, 2010

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AUSTIN, Texas (AP)--Garrett Gilbert passed for 222 yards and a touchdown and No. 5 Texas shook off a slow start to beat Wyoming 34-7 Saturday night.

After spending most of the first game against Rice running the ball, Texas opened up its passing playbook against the Cowboys. The result was similar: A methodical win with a few big plays sprinkled for in an offense still trying to find its rhythm.

Gilbert was 22 of 35 with a 45-yard touchdown to freshman receiver Mike Davis in the second quarter. Fozzy Whittaker scored on a 39-yard run.

Texas (2-0) held the Cowboys to 257 total yards.

Wyoming (1-1) played just six days after the death of freshman linebacker Ruben Narcisse, who was killed in a car accident in Colorado on Monday. The Cowboys wore decals with his initials and safety Shamiel Gary wore Narcisse's No. 12 to honor him Saturday night.

When these teams met in 2009, Texas got off to a slow start on a cool and windy afternoon in the high-altitude of Laramie, Wyo.

This time, the Longhorns had the Cowboys much closer to sea level in the wilting Texas heat. The temperature at kickoff was 94 degrees with a heat index of 103.

But playing to honor their teammate, the Cowboys once again kept things close for a half.

Texas' first five drives resulted in two field goals and three punts before Carta-Samuels scampered 18-yards for a touchdown and a 7-6 Wyoming lead.

The touchdown seemed to be the jolt Texas needed.

The Longhorns needed just four plays to respond and Whittaker broke four tackles on his touchdown run up the middle. He smashed through two defenders near the line of scrimmage and shook two more downfield before romping into the end zone.

The Texas defense quickly got the ball back and Gilbert threw the strike to Davis on the first play.

The lanky Davis, who drew raves from Texas coaches in training camp, didn't have a catch in the first game against Rice. He had four for 90 yards by halftime against Wyoming. The touchdown came on a crossing route when he stopped, spun to his right and outran the defender over the next 30 yards to put Texas up 20-7.

Johnson punched in Texas' final touchdown on a 1-yard run with 54 seconds to play.