Stats that matter: Wyoming at Texas 

August, 29, 2012
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Number are said to rarely lie. It’s with that thought in mind that each week HornsNation, with a healthy assist from the ESPN Stats and Info crew, will dig into the numbers and pull three stats that could play a significant role in the outcome in Texas’ game. First up is the season opener against Wyoming.

No. 1: 232 Rushing yards per game allowed

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Cooper Neill/Icon SMITexas quarterback David Ash's stats from 2011 show that he played better after not starting the game.
It was already clear that Texas, with its stable of running backs, veteran offensive line and still unproven quarterback, wanted to run the ball against the Cowboys. Add to that mix Wyoming’s complete inability to stop the run and you have what could be a game much like Kansas of a year ago. (Texas rushed for 441 yards.) Additionally, the Cowboys gave up more than 300 rushing yards three times. Wyoming does have seven starters back on defense. Chris Tormey, a former head coach at Nevada and Idaho, has been installed as the new defensive coordinator. But he does not yet have the personnel in place to slow down what could be a very steady and successful Texas rushing attack.
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