After a defensive battle in the opening half of play, Boise State tallied three touchdowns in the second frame to earn a 24-14 win over the Cowboys on Saturday evening in Albertsons Stadium in Boise, Idaho. The Pokes fall to 4-3 on the season and 2-1 in the MW, as the Broncos (5-2, 3-0 MW) snapped Wyoming's three-game winning streak.
"Coming into the game some of the things we talked about was causing takeaways and taking care of the football," UW head coach Craig Bohl
said. "Credit Boise State, as they took care of the football and played well on special teams. We competed very well today. This locker room is upset that we didn't earn a win tonight."
Junior Andrew Wingard
recorded 15 tackles for the Cowboys. He has 325 in his career for 10th
all-time at Wyoming. He has the third most tackles by a Cowboy safety in school history. Fellow junior safety Marcus Epps
tied a career-high with 13 tackles.
Junior defensive end Carl Granderson
recorded career-highs in sacks with two, tackles with 12 and tackles for loss with 3.5. The Pokes defense did not record a turnover for the first time this season.
Junior quarterback Josh Allen
threw for 131 yards. He moved to ninth in career passing yards at Wyoming passing Craig Burnett. Allen now has 4,470 career passing yards. He lead the Pokes in rushing with 62 yards, as it was a season best for the quarterback.
Wyoming recorded 242 yards of total offense, as Boise State recorded 342 on the night. Boise
State was aggressive defensively with two interceptions and four sacks on the night.
The Pokes struck first on their first possession. The Pokes drove 68-yards on 13 plays. Allen was 3-of-5 for 46 yards passing and dove into the end zone from the one-yard line for the score. The Pokes converted on a pivotal fourth down play, as UW has converted on four-straight fourth down dating back to last week's game at Utah State.
The Pokes held the Broncos scoreless in the first quarter. Boise State missed a field goal on their opening drive. The Broncos were deep inside Wyoming territory, but a sack by Granderson on third down helped lead to the miss. Wyoming forced a punt on the Broncos second drive, as it was a 7-0 game after 15 minutes.
The Broncos tallied a field goal to open the second quarter. The 23-yard attempt from Haden Hoggarth made it a 7-3 game with 11:18 left in the opening half. The Broncos went 37 on eight plays during their first scoring drive. Neither team could muster anymore offense in the half, as UW took a 7-3 lead into the break.
Boise State took the lead on a 17-play, 68-yard drive that took nearly 10 minutes to open the second half. Quarterback Montell Cozart rushed in from three yards to make it a 10-7 game with 5:16 left in the third quarter. Boise State converted on three third down plays and a fourth down on the scoring drive.
The Cowboys responded with a touchdown the following drive on a 20-yard pass from Allen to junior tight end Austin Fort
with 17 seconds remaining in the third quarter making it a 14-10 contest. It was Fort's first career catch and touchdown. The 10-yuard, 75-yard drive featured 29 rushing yards for Allen.
Cozart found the end zone with 10:40 remaining on a rush on a swing pass behind the line of scrimmage to make it a 17-10 game in favor of BSU. The 10-play drive went 57 yards. The Broncos rushed for 31 yards on the drive.
The Broncos add to their lead two minutes later on a 24-yard touchdown pass from Cozart to wide receiver Cedrick Wilson. The three-play drive made it a 24-10 contest giving Boise State the largest lead of the game.
The Cowboys return to Laramie to take on New Mexico for Homecoming next Saturday in a 5:30 p.m. contest on ESPNU.