Laramie, Wyo. -Â A second quarter scoring explosion by the Wyoming Cowboys fueled a 45-21 home win over Texas State on Saturday to improve Wyomingâ€™s record to 3-2 this season.
The Wyoming offense scored three touchdowns on TD passes by junior quarterback Josh Allen.Â The Cowboy defense scored twice on a 37-yard interception return by senior cornerback Rico Gafford and an 18-yard fumble return for a touchdown by sophomore linebacker Logan Wilson.Â And the Wyoming special teams scored on a 95-yard kickoff return for a touchdown by sophomore cornerback Tyler Hall.
Hall became the first Cowboy in the 121 seasons of Cowboy Football to return two kickoffs for touchdowns in a single season and in a career.Â There have been seven other Cowboys who returned one kickoff return for a touchdown during their careers.
Wyomingâ€™s offense generated 333 yards of total offense — 249 passing yards and 84 rushing.Â The Cowboy defense held Texas State to 262 yards — 127 passing and 135 rushing.Â Allen threw two of his three TD passes to sophomore wide receiver C.J. Johnson, who led the Cowboys with 57 receiving yards on the day.Â The third touchdown pass for the Pokes was caught by sophomore wide receiver Austin Conway.
Saturdayâ€™s win marked the continued home success for UW, as it was the 10th home win in the last 12 games the Pokes have played in War Memorial Stadium.
Wyoming also continued its string of games winning the turnover battle.Â UW forced two Texas State turnovers on the day, while committing only one turnover itself.Â The Cowboys have won the turnover battle in all five games this season.
Gaffordâ€™s pick six was the first touchdown of his Wyoming career.Â Wilsonâ€™s fumble return for a touchdown was his first this season and third of his career.Â Wilson ended the day with a team high 12 tackles, 1.0 sack, 1.0 tackle for a loss, one forced fumble and his fumble recovery for a touchdown.
The other Cowboy defender who had an outstanding day was sophomore defensive tackle Youhanna Ghaifan.Â Ghaifan recorded a career best nine tackles and a career best 4.0 tackles for loss and tied a career high with 2.0 sacks on the day.Â He also forced a fumble
The Cowboys enter this upcoming bye week with a 3-2 overall record and a 1-0 record in Mountain West Conference play.Â Their next game will be on Oct. 14 in Logan, Utah, versus the Utah State Aggies.Â Utah State is also currently 3-2, and 1-0 in the Mountain West.Â The Aggies will host Colorado State on Saturday, Oct. 7 before facing the Cowboys the following Saturday.