- Carter Strickland, Reporter, HornsNation
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Stat of the half: After allowing 178 yards and nine points in the first quarter, Texas' defense allowed Wyoming just 26 yards in the second quarter.
Player of the half: Kenny Vaccaro had his hand in both of the biggest plays of the first half for the defense. The first of those was an interception by the safety in which he used his speed and cut the angle to grab a ball in the middle of the field. The senior returned the pick for 19 yards. The Texas offense took over from there, going 44 yards for the go-ahead touchdown. Vaccaro was back at it moments later as he was sent on a safety blitz. He was untouched and forced Wyoming quarterback Brett Smith into a quick throw that was picked by Texas cornerback Carrington Byndom.
What’s working for Texas: After a shaky start, the Texas defense started to get pressure up the middle and get to Smith. After Smith passed for 158 yards in the first quarter, defensive coordinator Manny Diaz disguised some blitzes and got to Smith. The result was two picks by the Texas defense over a span of six Wyoming offensive plays.
What is not working for Texas: The passing game has not exactly been sterling. Starting quarterback David Ash has been very efficient but has not at all been explosive. His long touchdown pass in the half for 16 yards to Jaxon Shipley was a much better catch than throw. He has also not thrown a ball for more than 20 yards yet. The lack of downfield throws had been the knock on Ash all of last season. Texas did nothing to change the opinion of many with its play-calling in the first half.
What Texas needs to do to keeping winning: Just maintain composure and Texas should be fine. The running game has started to take over and Wyoming is starting to wear down due to the heat -- 99 degrees at kickoff -- and the depth of the Texas offense. The Longhorns have used four different running backs and run wide receivers, D.J. Monroe as well as Shipley, on runs.