AUSTIN, Texas (Sports Network) - Cody Johnson ran for a pair of touchdowns, and the fifth-ranked Texas Longhorns overcame a sluggish start to beat Wyoming, 34-7.
Garrett Gilbert completed 22-of-35 passes for 222 yards and one touchdown for the Longhorns (2-0), who have won 16 consecutive home games.
Austyn Carta-Samuels finished 16-of-24 for 160 yards and ran for Wyoming's lone touchdown. The Cowboys (1-1) entered Saturday's game with heavy hearts following the untimely passing of freshman linebacker Ruben Narcisse, who died in a car accident on Monday.
Wyoming honored its fallen comrade by wearing his initials "RN" on their helmets. Three other players, Trey Fox, C.J. Morgan and J.J. Quinlan, were injured in the accident, which occurred when the driver of the vehicle fell asleep at the wheel.
The contest was a defensive battle in the early going, with a 45-yard field goal by Texas' Justin Tucker on the game's opening series accounting for all the scoring in the first quarter.
Tucker converted a 36-yarder in the second stanza, but an 18-yard TD run by Carta-Samuels on the ensuing drive put the Cowboys up 7-6 with 5:31 remaining.
However, Texas answered with a pair of quick scores to take a 20-7 lead to the half. Foswhitt Whittaker broke a couple tackles as part of a 39-yard dash to the end zone and, after Wyoming was forced to go three-and-out, and Gilbert hit Mike Davis for a 45-yard touchdown on the first play of the subsequent series.
Texas' first series following the break ended with a two-run TD run by Johnson, who added a one-yard plunge in the waning moments of the game.