Another Rally Give Wyoming Cowboys Bronze Boot in 14-13 Win at Colorado State

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By Nick Seeman, University of Wyoming

The Wyoming Cowboys (7-3 overall, 5-1 MW) rebounded from a 10-point deficit to defeat the Colorado State Rams (2-8, 2-4 MW) Saturday night in Canvas 14-13 at Fort Stadium Collins, Colo.

It was the Cowboys’ fifth comeback win this season. Backup quarterback Jayden Clemons connected with wide receiver Alex Brown on a 32-yard touchdown in the fourth that turned out to be a winning point as Wyoming won the Bronze Boot for the 45th time.

The Cowboys have comeback victories over Tulsa, Air Force, New Mexico and Hawaii this season.

Wyoming has now won four straight games for its longest winning streak since winning four straight games last season. The three-game winning streak on the road is the longest since 1999, when Wyoming won at Air Force, Louisiana-Monroe and Utah. The Pokes have also won six of their last seven contests against the Rams.

“We certainly dug a hole in the beginning but the effort was great and for a young team to go out on the road and keep believing in it was great to see,” said UW head coach Craig Bohl. “It was a very physical game tonight and I’m sure Colorado State feels the same way. This is considered to be one of the classic Wyoming vs. Colorado State rivalry games. We did a good job attacking in the second half to reach the second level through the runs. The quarterback run game was good for us tonight as well. But we will enjoy the night and prepare for Boise State tomorrow.”

Wyoming allowed just six points defensively, with the Rams recording 372 yards of offense with 251 yards through the air and 121 yards on the ground. Offensively, Wyoming had a total of 236 yards of offense, rushing for 142 yards and passing for 94 yards. The Cowboys defense has five sacks and now has 18 sacks in their last four games.

Clemons finished the game with a 7-of-11 pass for 90 yards with a touchdown and added 32 yards on the ground with a touchdown. He came into play in the second quarter and led the Pokes to their first result. Running back Titus Swen ran 73 yards to lead the team. Tight end Parker Christensen added four catches for 32 yards to lead the team.

“Clemons certainly played well tonight,” said Bohl. “He didn’t get a lot of reps but he learned well and made some big plays and his pass to Alex Brown was certainly huge.”

The Cowboys defense was led by Easton Gibbs with 12 tackles that night. He also added a sack and two tackles for the loss. Safety Isaac White added eight tackles, linebacker Shae Suiaunoa added seven, along with a career-best seven from nose tackle Gavin Meyer. Defensive tackle Jordan Bertagnole added six tackles and two sacks that were high in his career.

The Cowboys would open the contest with a three-and-out and Colorado State’s Tory Horton would hit the punt back 72 yards to give the Rams an early 7-0 advantage in the first two minutes and more. It was the first punt return against the Cowboys since Boise State in 2014.

The Rams added a field goal to take a 10-0 lead in the first minute of the second quarter. The Cowboys defense won their third sack of the contest to force the field goal from 40 yards from Ram kicker Michael Boyle.

Colorado State threatened once in the early stages of the second quarter, but cornerback Deron Harrell beat Colorado State quarterback Clay Millen in the end zone for the first interception of his career.

The Cowboys would come on the board on a 12-play, 69-yard drive that ended in a 14-yard run by Clemons to make it a 10-7 game for CSU, taking in the first half 34 seconds remain. Clemons, coming on for Andrew Peasley, found the rim to find the end zone for the first time in his career. He threw 23 yards on the drive, which included an 18-yard strike on wide receiver Joshua Cobbs to set the score.

The Pokes drove down fields in the third quarter, but kicker John Hoyland missed from 37 yards to hold the game 10-7 in the Rams’ favour. It was only his third miss of the season. The Rams would follow suit, rushing for 75 yards in 12 games and adding a 23-yard field goal from Boyle to make it a 13-7 game for Colorado State, with 12:55 in contention.

The Cowboys played midway through the fourth quarter, but Horton would muffle the punt and Miles Williams picked up the ball for Wyoming inside Ram territory. On the second game of the Cowboy Drive, Clemons found Brown on the sideline in step for Brown’s career first touchdown reception and Clemons career first touchdown pass to give Wyoming a 14-13 lead with 10:47 in the contest .

The Rams would enter Cowboy territory, but the Wyoming defense would hold, forcing a missed field goal, and UW would retain their 14-13 advantage with just over five minutes remaining in the game. Wyoming would use the rushing attack to chew the clock but had to stab with 65 seconds left.

Colorado State would make a few late passes, but once again the Cowboys defense, allowing just six points on the night, would get the stop and Wyoming would walk away with the Bronze Boot in a 14-13 win.

The Rams were led offensively by Horton with eight catches for 168 yards. Millen threw 251 yards on an 18-of-26 pass. Running back Avery Morrow ran for 104 yards on 22 carries. Linebacker Dequan Jackson led the defense with 13 tackles.

The Cowboys return with Boise State next Saturday at 5 p.m. at War Memorial Stadium.

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