Comments from Bohl after Cowboy’s “Border War” win

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Wyoming Cowboys with the Bronze Boot after the win against the Colorado State Rams at War Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Troy Babbitt-UW Media-Athletics

November 7, 2021 — It was the type of game the Wyoming Cowboys have wanted to play all season long. A game where they got a lead, were able to run the ball successfully, and had their defense force turnovers and limit scoring opportunities. In the end, Wyoming came away with a 31-17 home victory over rival Colorado State in the 113th edition of the Border War.

Wyoming’s win improved its record to 5-4 on the season and 1-4 in the Mountain West.  Colorado State fell to 3-6 and 2-3 in the conference. 

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Quotes From Wyoming Head Coach Craig Bohl

“A great win. We have tremendous respect for Colorado State,” said Bohl. “We knew it was going to be a hard-fought, physical game, which it was. I thought our guys played really well. From my vantage point on the sidelines, I was really pleased with them in all three phases.”

“We’ve been sputtering around on offense, trying to find some rhythm, and obviously have been through some rough patches. But we saw some emerging signs of us getting some movement (upfront on the offensive line) starting back in the New Mexico game. That kept on getting better, and I thought our backs ran hard. Levi had some big plays. When you can get the running game going —  and I know a lot of times people don’t think it’s all that fancy — but boy, it’s effective. That’s our mantra, and it was really pleasing to see that come out, particularly in this ball game. I thought our offensive line played great.” The Pokes rushing game was top-notch, accounting for 385 yards on 57 carries (6.8 yards per carry). Titus Swen rushed for a career-high 166 yards on 21 carries, followed by quarterback Levi Williams with 116 yards on 12 carries, also a career-high. The Cowboys leading rusher on the season, Xazavian Valladay, had 76 yards on 18 carries.

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“A”couple of those catches that Isaiah Neyor made were special, and Levi (Williams) made a couple nice throws. Isaiah is a big-time weapon.” Neyor caught three passes on the day for 45 yards and two touchdowns, both in the second half. On each TD catch, Neyor used his 6′ 6′ height advantage to catch the pass over his defender in the end zone. Williams was 9 of 16 passing from 92 yards and two touchdown passes, and no interceptions.

“Nothing cures a lot of ills better than a win — and just playing better too. We’ve seen emerging signs of it, and we felt like this was a week we could capitalize on being really physical.” After winning their first four games, then losing their next four, all in the conference, the Pokes needed a win. Colorado State has now lost three straight contests.

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“I can tell you this, as excited as I was when we finally scored a touchdown last week, it was great to see us come up with a couple turnovers today.” Cowboy linebackers Chad Muma and Keonte Glinton both intercepted passes in the contest.

What did it mean to see your seniors get the Boot one last time?

“I couldn’t be happier for them. We talked about that — to take this moment in. I talked with the seniors at the pregame meal before we took our Cowboy Walk. This is the end of this series (the Border War series) for them. I told them to embrace it all. I thought they did, and they played really well. This is the type of game they will talk about for 20 years. It’s certainly great to win the Boot and win it at home.” Saturday’s game marked the 54th time the two schools have played for the Bronze Boot traveling trophy. Wyoming now holds a 29-25 advantage. Overall, CSU leads the rivalry series 59-49 with five ties.

Next Up for the Cowboys

The Cowboys will travel to Boise State for a Friday night game. The Broncos defeated Fresno State 40 -14 Saturday to improve to 3-2 in the MW and 5-4 overall. The game will be broadcast on WyoRadio’s 99.7 JACK-FM and 99KSIT.com beginning at 5:30 p.m. with kick-off scheduled for 7 p.m.