Cowboys fall to Boise State Friday night

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November 13, 2021 — The Cowboy defense was top-notch, but the offensive woes returned Friday night as Boise State posted a 23-13 win over the Cowboys in Boise. The Broncos win marked the fifth straight victory over the Pokes. Boise State now leads the overall series 15-1.

The loss dropped the Cowboys to 1-5 in the Mountain West and 5-5 overall. Boise State is now 4-2 in the conference and 6-4 overall.

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The Broncos would score first on a Hank Bachmeier to Riley Smith two-yard touchdown pass with 3:07 to play in the first quarter. Wyoming tied the defensive battle at 7-7 with a Titus Smith seven-yard touchdown run late in the second quarter. Boise State kicker Jonah Damas would close out the first-half scoring by hitting a 43-yard field goal at the horn to give the Broncos a 10-7 at the break.

Both teams suffered through struggling offensive drives in the third quarter, with the only scoring being a 35-yard field goal from Dalmas with 8:51 to play in the quarter to make the score 13-7.

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In the fourth quarter, the Cowboys began a drive on their own 25-yard line with 11:43 to go in regulation. The Pokes moved the ball near midfield when on a first down play, Cowboy quarterback Levis Williams threw an interception that would be returned to the Wyoming 13-yard line. Two plays later, Boise State’s Andrew Van Buren would score on a 12-yard run to up the Bronco’s advantage to 20-7.

The Cowboys would punt on their next position, with Boise State answering with another Dalmas field goal from 29 yards to increase the lead to 23-7 with 59-seconds remaining.

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Wyoming closed out the scoring when Williams hit Isaiah Neyor on a 74-yard touchdown pass with four seconds remaining. The Pokes two-point conversion failed to make the final score 23-13.

For the game, Williams finished with 156 yards passing with one touchdown pass, one interception, and one fumble lost. Neyor would finish with 126 yards receiving on six catches and a single touchdown. The Cowboy ground game, which totaled 385 yards last Saturday against Colorado State, was held to 132 yards on 29 attempts. Titus Swen was the leading rusher for Wyoming with 59 yards on 13 carries. Xazavian Valladay tallied 37 yards to surpass 3,000 career rushing yards.

Linebacker Chad Muma once again led the Cowboy defense with 14 tackles, nine of which were solo. Fellow linebacker Easton Gibbs added 12 tackles and the team’s lone sack.

Wyoming will stay on the road next Saturday when they travel to Mountain Division leader Utah State (4-1 in the MW and 7-2 overall). The Aggies play at San Jose State (3-3 in the MW, 5-5 overall) tonight.