Texas Longhorns football vs. Wyoming: Updates, scores, game analysis

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What a great scenario to see how this Texas team was going to respond to success and adjust to its spot in the national spotlight and all its CFP focus that comes with it. The Longhorns were favored to beat Wyoming tonight by 30 points, and ended up winning by 21. They looked top-five legit in Tuscaloosa and now No. 4 in the country, they had a lot of national eyeballs on this one.

How tonight’s game went down:

Game over: Texas wins, moves to 3-0

Texas has beaten Wyoming 31-10, improving to 3-0 for the first time since 2012. The Longhorns will open Big 12 play next Saturday at Baylor.

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The Longhorns started slow, plodded their way through the first half, found themselves tied after three quarters and then woke up in a big way in the fourth, blitzing the Cowboys with a big 44-yard touchdown from Xavier Worthy, a big 61-yard run from Jonathon Brooks that set up a short Quinn Ewers score, and a Jerrin Thompson pick-six.

Texas is owning this fourth quarter

Texas, which was a 30-point favorite heading into the game, is up by 21 now thanks to another big defensive score. For the third straight game, Texas has recorded an interception. Jerrin Thompson picked off an Even Svoboda pass and returned it 27 yards for a pick-six touchdown.

The Longhorns, who were tied 10-10 heading into the fourth quarter, now lead 31-10 with 8:46 left to play.

Texas has scored 21 points in the fourth quarter for the second straight game.

Jonathon Brooks sets up Texas’ latest score

There’s 9:01 left to play, and Texas has begun to separate itself from Wyoming.

Quinn Ewers’ 5-yard keeper for a touchdown has the Longhorns up 24-10, but it was Jonathon Brooks’ 61-yard burst on a third-and-1 play that set it up. Christian Jones cleared the way for Ewers on the touchdown run.

That 61-yarder pushed Brooks, who got the start tonight in place of injured freshman CJ Baxter, over the 100-yard mark. He now has 158 yards on 20 carries, an average of 7.9 yards per carry.

Ewers to Worthy, and Worthy takes care of the rest

It didn’t take Texas long to answer Wyoming’s game-tying field goal.

Quinn Ewers, who was seen trying to fire up the Longhorns along with linebacker Jaylan Ford in between the third and fourth quarter, threw a quick pass to Xavier Worthy on the right side of the line, and Worthy sped his way down the sideline for a 44-yard touchdown.

Worthy, of course, had the big 44-yard touchdown play last week against Alabama, too.

There’s 14:12 left to go, and Texas is now up 17-10.

Wyoming field goal draws Cowboys even with Horns

There’s 20 seconds left in the third quarter, and Texas and Wyoming are tied 10-10.

This was the Cowboys’ best drive of the game, as the first drive of the game was carried by Harrison Waylee’s big 60-yard touchdown run. This drive was 17 plays long and took 10:22 off the clock. It was a Barryn Sorrell sack on third-and-10 from the 10, though, that forced the scoring kick.

To keep the drive going, Wyoming went for it on fourth-and-1 at the 10 rather than take the field goal and the tie, and 6-foot-4 quarterback Evan Svoboda converted on a sneak up the middle. But the Cowboys ended up with the tie anyway.

The big play on the drive was a third-an-8 defensive pass interference penalty on Terrance Brooks, which cost Texas 15 yards, gave Wyoming a first down and moved the Cowboys to the Horns’ 19-yard line. A couple of plays later, on third-and-8 from the 17, Malik Muhammad stopped Wyatt Wieland just short of the first down, setting up the fourth-and-1 just inside the 10.

Cole Hutson is out for the game

Texas right guard Cole Hutson suffered a lower leg injury late in the first quarter. He’s on the sideline and won’t return to the game, UT has announced.

Perhaps not coincidentally, Texas’ opening drive of the second half ended with another punt. The Cowboys got their first sack of the game on third down, and it took the Horns out of field goal position. The sack came from the right side of the line.

Texas still leads 10-7, with six minutes left in the third.

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It’s halftime, and Texas leads by just a field goal

It’s halftime at Royal-Memorial Stadium and the only thing separating the No. 4 Texas Longhorns and the Wyoming Cowboys is a 37-yard Bert Auburn field goal. Texas leads 10-7.

We’ll see what Steve Sarkisian comes up with over the break. But so far, the offense has looked perfunctory and the defense has pretty much controlled Wyoming save for the one breakdown play in the first quarter, a 60-yard run that set up the Cowboys’ first score.

Texas’ offensive line looks lethargic and has committed a couple of mental penalties (false starts, etc.). Quinn Ewers looks off. He’s 8-of-17 for 57 yards. Nothing to get excited about in the running game or passing game. Texas has been outgained in total yards (163-120), Cowboys backup quarterback Evan Svoboda has outthrown Ewers, the Cowboys have outrushed the Horns and have held the ball for seven more minutes.

Texas gets the ball to start the second half.

Texas is sleepwalking through the first half

Texas is still leading Wyoming 10-7, but the Longhorns can’t be happy with what’s going on tonight.

The Longhorns’ fifth drive of the game has just ended with another punt. So far, Texas has gone punt, field goal, touchdown, punt and punt. Quinn Ewers had two misfires on this latest drive, one on an overthrow to a wide-open Xavier Worthy, the other a bad decision when he threw far short of the first-down marker on third-and-5 at the end of the drive.

There’s 1 minute left and Wyoming has the ball.

Evan Svoboda, Wyoming’s surprise starting quarterback, has made a couple of nice throws. He’s big, too. The 6-foot-4 sophomore won a one-on-one collision with Jerrin Thompson on a keeper. He’s off to a 6-of-12 start for 49 yards. Harrison Waylee is The Guy so far for the Cowboys; he has 93 rushing yards, 62 of them coming on one play.

Texas tight end Gunnar Helm dives toward the end zone in the second quarter of Saturday night's game against Wyoming. It set up the Longhorns' opening touchdown.

Quinn Ewers throws a TD to … huh?

There’s 11:45 left in the second quarter and Texas has taken its first lead. The Horns are up 10-7 on a 1-yard touchdown pass from Quinn Ewers to Byron Murphy II. Yes, that’s right: defensive lineman Byron Murphy II.

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It’s been an interesting drive for Steve Sarkisian, who went for it on two fourth downs, has utilized the Wildcat, called a reverse pass play and then the touchdown on a pass play to Murphy, who was lined up at fullback but flared out for the throw. And there’s been a Gunnar Helm sighting, too. The reserve tight end snagged a 14-yard toss from Quinn Ewers down to the 1-yard line, coming up just short on a dive to the end zone.

Texas rolled the dice on another fourth-and-1 from Wyoming’s 22, and again, the Horns turned to Savion Red and the Wildcat. He bulled his way forward for a 6-yard gain down to the 15.

End of the 1st quarter, and Texas still trails

It’s the end of the first quarter and Texas is driving. The Longhorns trail 7-3 and will face a third-and-1 play at Wyoming’s 25-yard line when the second quarter starts.

Also, Texas has faced and passed its first fourth-down test. On fourth-and-1 from Wyoming’s 44-yard line, Quinn Ewers lined up at receiver and Savion Red, out of the Wildcat, pecked his way for a 7-yard gain. Jonathon Brooks served as lead blocker.

Adonai Mitchell’s fingerprints were all over this drive early. He had the block ahead of Xavier Worthy’s 8-yard gain and snagged an 8-yard catch himself. Brooks had runs of 19, 9 and 6 yards on consecutive plays.

Right guard Cole Hutson was hurt on the drive. He’s in the tent. And Jahdae Barron broke up a third-down pass on Wyoming’s last drive to force a punt. Texas started its drive at its own 10.

This has been a scary week for the top five teams in the country. No. 1 Georgia trailed South Carolina 14-3 in the first half, but fought back for a 24-14 win. And No. 3 Florida State held off Boston College 31-29. Alabama got a scare at South Florida, and No. 11 Tennessee is down 26-7 at Florida.

Texas is on the scoreboard

Texas is on the board. There’s 9:46 left in the first quarter and Bert Auburn’s 37-yard field goal has this a 7-3 game.

This was the Xavier Worthy drive. He snapped the sleepy Horns to attention with a nice 20-yard punt return to Wyoming’s 38-yard line, then sprung Keilan Robinson for a 16-yard gain to the 22 by laying the lead block. Quinn Ewers threw his way into the end zone on first down, but it went incomplete. Ewers couldn’t connect with Ja’Tavion Sanders in the end zone on third down either, which led to the kick.

A surprise switcheroo from Wyoming (and an early TD)

Well, things couldn’t have started out much worse for the No. 4-ranked team in the country.

Wyoming has rolled out a surprise starter at quarterback and the Cowboys have shocked Texas with a quick touchdown on the first drive of the game. Running back Harrison Waylee burst out of the right side of the line on a second-and-10 play and outraced Ryan Watts, Anthony Hill Jr. and Jerrin Thompson for a 62-yard touchdown run.

There’s 12:45 left in the first quarter and the Cowboys lead the Longhorns 7-0.

It’s the longest run Texas has allowed this season.

The first wrinkle of this game: an unexpected starter at quarterback for Wyoming. Regular-starter Andrew Peasley’s not out there, it’s backup Evan Svoboda, a 6-foot-4 sophomore. He passed his first test: a nicely-placed third-and-5 pass of 8 yards to TE John Michael Gyllenborg for a first down close to midfield.

Kickoff.

Texas won the coin toss and deferred to the second half, so Wyoming will start this game with the ball.

How we’re picking this game

Kickoff is only a few minutes away. How our DKR staff is picking tonight’s game:

Kirk Bohls: Texas, 42-17. The Longhorns will come out swinging and emphasizing the ground game to improve the nation’s 90th-ranked rushing attack.

Danny Davis: Texas. We’ve seen the Longhorns stumble before after what should have been a momentous, momentum-building moment, but I just can’t see that happening this time. For the first time since 2012, Texas will be 3-0.

Cedric Golden: Texas, 35-17. No letdown in sight this time around. Wyoming will play spirited ball, but Texas will keep the Bama momentum going.

Thomas Jones: Texas 41-12. There might be some Alabama hangover, but the home team’s depth — and the heat and humidity — will wear down a grimy but thin Wyoming team.

Countdown to kickoff: the Bama effect

We’re about 15 minutes away from kickoff.

It’s been seven days since Texas’ big 34-24 win over Alabama, but the reverberations have been felt all week. And continue: Nick Saban has benched Jalen Milroe, who threw two interceptions against the Longhorns, in favor of Notre Dame transfer Tyler Buchner for today’s road game at South Florida. Buchner went 1-2 s a starter for the Irish last year. The Tide ended up using three quarterbacks during a struggle of a win.

This week, Texas QB Quinn Ewers was named the Big 12’s offensive player of the week, the Maxwell Award’s player of the week, the Davey OBrien Award’s national quarterback of the week and the Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Award player of the week. J’Tavion Sanders was the Mackey Award’s tight end of the week, Anthony Hill Jr. was the Shaun Alexander freshman of the week, wide receiver Adonai Mitchell was the Big 12’s newcomer of the week and defensive back Jahdae Barron was the East-West Shrine Bowl’s Texas star of the week.

Oh yeah, and the Longhorns vaulted up from No. 11 to No. 4 and are now squarely in the College Football Playoff conversation.

Twenty minutes to kickoff: catching up

Most of this week’s Big 12 schedule involves night games. Around the country, No. 3 Florida State held off a late Boston College comeback bid 31-29, No. 7 Penn State beat Illinois 30-13, No. 14 LSU cruised past Mississippi State 41-14, No. 12 Utah beat Weber State 31-7 and No. 15 Kansas State fell on a 61-yard walk-off field goal at Missouri, 30-27.

No. 10 Alabama’s struggling at South Florida, but is up 10-3 and driving in for another score and running out the clock with three minutes left. No. 1 Georgia trailed 14-3 in the first half but came back to push past South Carolina.

Earlier today, Oklahoma beat Tulsa to improve to 3-0. BYU (2-0) is at Arkansas tonight (ESPN2, right now) an an 8-point underdog, 2-0 Cincinnati is a 14-point favorite tonight over Miami (OH), 2-0 Kansas is at 0-2 Nevada tonight (9:30, CBS Sports Network), Oklahoma State is hosting South Alabama tonight and is a 7-point favorite and Central Florida hosts 2-0 Villanova tonight as a 26.5-point favorite.

Thirty minutes to kickoff: No CJ Baxter

Five-star freshman running back CJ Baxter will miss tonight’s game, the Longhorns announced about an hour ago. That means Jonathon Brooks should shoulder the load in the rushing game; he featured prominently in the game-sealing drive late in Tuscaloosa.

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