ROCK SPRINGS, WYOMING (Nov. 10, 2019) – The Wyoming Cowboys went looking for their first victory ever at Boise State and came up just a bit short, falling 20-17 in overtime. Wyoming is now 0-7 against the Broncs in Boise, Idaho and 1-13 in the overall series.
The Cowboys held a 10-7 halftime lead and 17-10 at the end of the third quarter. Regulation time would end with the score tied at 17-17.
Wyoming won the overtime coin flip and choose to play defense, holding Boise State to a 28-yard Eric Sachse field goal. Wyoming’s offense took over at the Broncs’ 25-yard line with a chance to win the game with a touchdown, or tie and send the game into a second overtime with a field goal. Neither would happen.
On Wyoming’s first play in overtime, the Cowboys tied some trickery with a flea-flicker pass, but Tyler Vander Waal’s attempt, nearly intercepted, fell incomplete in the end zone. On second down, Vander Waal completed a six-yard pass to tight end Jackson Marcotte setting up a third down play. Needing four-yards for a first down, the Cowboy called an up the middle running play for running back Xazavian Valladay. The play was stopped cold, losing two-yards, setting up fourth down. Wyoming kicker Cooper Rothe came in with a chance to send the game into a second overtime, but his 37-yard field goal attempt was wide left securing Boise State’s win.
The loss drops Wyoming record to 3-2 in the Mountain West Mountain division and 6-3 for the season. Boise State improves to 6-0 in the division and 8-1 overall.
“It was a game between two really good football teams,” Wyoming head coach Craig Bohl said. “Both teams played really, really hard and you knew it was going to come down to a play or two. You win as a team and you lose as a team. It really hurts when you put it all on the line like our guys did and then come up short”.
Offensively, sophomore running back Xazavian Valladay totaled 124 rushing on a career high 37 carries with one rushing touchdown. It was the third straight 100-yard game for Valladay and his fourth this season. Vander Waal, making his first start of the season, was 15-of-23 for 160 yards. Tight end Josh Harshman had a career-high six receptions for 48 yards.
The Wyoming defense was led by linebacker Logan Wilson and safety Alijah Halliburton, each with 10 tackles. Wilson also added a sack and an interception for the Pokes. The Pokes defense once again won the turnover battle 2-0 (one fumble recovery and one interception).
Wyoming recorded 283 yards of total offense (123 yards rushing/160 yards passing) with Boise State countering with 285 (91 rushing/194 passing).
Wyoming stays on road next Saturday at Utah State (4-1 in the MW, 5-4 overall). On Saturday Utah State won at Fresno State (2-3, 4-5), 37-35.
Boise State – Five-yard touchdown pass from Chase Cord to Akiian Butler (0-7)
Wyoming – Tyler Vander Waal three-yard touchdown run (7-7)
Wyoming – Cooper Rothe 37-yard field goal (10-7)
Boise State – Eric Sachse 40-yard field goal (10-10)
Wyoming – Xazavian Valladay 21-yard touch run (17-10)
Boise State – Khalil Shakir five-yard touchdown run (17-17)
Boise State – Eric Sachse 28-yard field goal (17-20)