Laramie, Wyo. (Sept. 16, 2022) — From their first possession of Friday night time’s recreation, the Wyoming Cowboys confirmed they had been decided to play their greatest soccer of the season and so they did simply that, profitable their third straight recreation by capturing a 17-14 win over the beforehand unbeaten Air Force Falcons.
With the victory, Wyoming finds itself holding the greatest report in the Mountain West at 3-1 general and 1-0 in league play.
The Cowboy offense outgained the Falcons on each the floor and thru the air on Friday night time. Wyoming accounted for 180 dashing yards to Air Force’s 171. The Cowboys threw for 162 yards to Air Force’s 101. Wyoming additionally transformed 6 of 11 third-down makes an attempt and gained the all-important time of possession battle when taking part in the Falcons, holding the ball for half-hour and 34 seconds to Air Force’s 29 minutes and 26 seconds.
Facing an Air Force dashing assault that entered the recreation ranked No. 1 in the nation, averaging 508.5 yards per recreation, the Cowboy protection held the Falcons to 171 dashing yards — 337.5 yards beneath their common.
“Great staff win,” stated Wyoming head coach Craig Bohl. “We’ve at all times had very aggressive video games in opposition to Air Force. I felt like this was Air Force’s greatest soccer staff since I’ve been our head
“Our guys had a nice week of observe. We are an rising soccer staff. We are a younger soccer staff in a lot of spots, and a lot of these guys are rising up quick. I actually assume our teaching employees did a nice job composing a recreation plan and the gamers went out and executed it.
“We beat a actually good soccer staff tonight. It took a lot. Guys are in there yelling, ‘Powder River, Let ‘er Buck.’ They have embraced the state of Wyoming. I hope the state of Wyoming is proud of these guys.
“This staff (Air Force) was scary coming in right here. Air Force has good gamers, and at halftime we flipped the script on them. We had (the benefit in) time of possession. We had run extra performs, and I felt fairly good about that.
“It was a heck of a win for us.”
There had been lots of particular person accolades to move round for the Pokes. Middle linebacker and defensive captain Easton Gibbs didn’t begin the recreation after struggling with flu-like signs Thursday night time and into Friday. Although he did not begin the recreation, he got here in early in the first quarter and ended the day with six tackles and 1.0 tackles for a loss. His fellow defensive captain, nostril sort out Cole Godbout, led all gamers in the recreation with 9 tackles, had 1.0 tackles for loss and two quarterback hurries. Redshirt freshman defensive finish Braden Siders had the greatest recreation of his younger profession with six tackles, and a defensive sort out Jordan Bertagnole additionally made six tackles. Redshirt freshman linebacker Read Sunnwho began in place of Gibbs, contributed 4 tackles in opposition to the Falcons.
Cowboy working again Titus Swen recorded his first 100-yard dashing recreation of the season and the fourth of his profession with 102 dashing yards. Swen scored the profitable landing with 6:06 remaining in the recreation on a five-yard run the place he wouldn’t be stopped — forcing his approach into the finish zone with the assist of his teammates who pushed the Air Force protection again over the objective line. Swen additionally had a enormous run on Wyoming’s last possession of the recreation. Facing a third and 13 at the Wyoming 29-yard line, Swen in the reduction of to his proper and outran the Air Force protection for a 17-yard acquire and a first down. That play and a play later in the drive when his working again mate, Dawaiian McNeelygained three yards on a third and two at the Air Force 46 enabled the Wyoming offense to expire the last 4 minutes and 47 seconds of the recreation and prevented the Air Force from getting the ball again.
Quarterback Andrew Peasley performed one other distinctive recreation for the Cowboys. He accomplished 18 of 23 passes for a 78.3 completion share, 162 yards, one landing move and one interception. It marked the third consecutive recreation this season that Peasley accomplished over 60 p.c of his passes. He accomplished 20 of 30 passes (66.7 p.c) in a win over Tulsa and 19 of 30 passes (63.3 p.c) in opposition to Northern Colorado in a dwelling victory. It marks the first time a Cowboy quarterback has accomplished over 60 p.c of his passes in three consecutive video games since Cameron Coffman achieved that in 2015 in opposition to Washington State, New Mexico and Appalachian State.
The Wyoming Cowboys performed a close to good first half. Wyoming’s protection held Air Force to solely 87 yards of whole offense and solely 47 dashing yards, whereas the Cowboy offense generated 183 whole yards in the first half, together with 111 dashing yards and 72 passing yards.
Wyoming took the opening kickoff and drove 73 yards in 15 performs right down to the Air Force two-yard line the place on a fourth and objective Cowboy kicker John Hoyland got here in and kicked a 20-yard subject objective to provide the Pokes a 3-0 lead with 7:28 remaining in the first quarter. For Hoyland, it was his eleventh subject objective in 12 makes an attempt this season. He got here into the recreation main the nation in subject objectives made per recreation (3.33) and was No. 6 in the nation in scoring (12.3 factors per recreation). Wyoming’s drive took 7:32 off the clock.
Air Force would transfer the ball 39 yards in 12 performs right down to the Wyoming 36-yard line on its first possession, however Falcon place-kicker Matthew Dapore missed a 53-yard try with solely 46 seconds remaining in the interval. The Falcons’ drive took 6:32 and the first quarter would finish with Wyoming working two performs in its second possession as the quarter ended.
Wyoming moved the ball right down to the Air Force 36 as the second interval started, however on the first play of the second quarter Peasley was intercepted by Falcon defensive again Trey Taylor.
Air Force and Wyoming exchanged punts on the subsequent two possessions. The Cowboys pressured Air Force into a second punt in the second quarter and a 36-yard punt by the Falcons gave the Pokes the ball at the AFA 42-yard line.
After runs of 5 and 23 yards by Swen, Peasley would discover the tight finish Treyton Welch in the left nook of the finish zone for a 14-yard TD move and the Cowboys had a 10-0 lead with 7:21 remaining in the half. That is how the half would finish.
For Wyoming, it was the first time the Cowboys had shut out a staff in a half since Nov. 20, 2021, when UW shut out Utah State in the second half in Logan, Utah.
The third quarter started with Air Force climbing again into the recreation as they engineered a 13-play, 75-yard drive on their first possession of the second half. Falcon quarterback Haaziq Daniels capped off the drive with a nine-yard TD move to extensive receiver David Cormier to tug Air Force inside three factors at 10-7 at the 7:45 mark. Neither staff would pose a scoring menace for the the rest of the third quarter.
Air Force began its first drive of the fourth quarter at its personal 20-yard line and proceeded to maneuver the ball right down to the Wyoming 41-yard line. It was then that Falcon quarterback Daniels discovered extensive receiver Cade Harris behind the Wyoming protection for a 41-yard TD move and out of the blue Air Force had its first lead at 14-10 with 9:58 remaining in the recreation.
On the very subsequent possession, Peasley would present his management abilities. Wyoming was at its personal 26-yard line and dealing with a third and 9. Peasley discovered extensive receiver Wyatt Wieland downfield on the left facet for twenty-four yards and a first down at the 50-yard line. Peasley rushed for 5 yards on the subsequent play and McNeely ran for 10 yards after that. After a one-yard run by Swen, the Pokes had been at the Air Force 34 with a second and 9. Peasley then related with fullback/tight finish Parker Christensen down the center for 29 yards to the Air Force 5. It was there that Swen wouldn’t be denied as he and his teammates pressured the Air Force protection again into the finish zone for what can be the profitable landing and provides UW a 17-10 lead with 6:06 remaining.
The Falcons gained a first down on what can be their final possession earlier than the Cowboy protection pressured them to punt on a fourth and 7.
With 4:47 left in the recreation, the Cowboy offense possessed the ball for the last 4:47 driving 30 yards in 11 performs to expire the clock.
Friday’s recreation was the sixtieth time the Cowboys and Falcons met on a soccer subject. The sequence dates again to Nov. 2, 1957, when the two groups performed one another for the first time in Laramie. That recreation ended in a 7-7 tie. With its win on Friday night time, the Cowboys now have gained 27 video games in the sequence to Air Force’s 30 wins. There have been three ties.
Wyoming has now gained seven of the final 11 conferences with the Air Force. During the Craig Bohl period at Wyoming, the Pokes have gained 5 of the eight conferences and all 4 video games in Laramie — 17-14 in 2022, 35-27 in 2018, 35-26 in 2016 and 17-13 in 2014. The final time the Falcons gained in Laramie was in 2012 by only one level 28-27.
The 2022 season marks the twenty fourth season of the Mountain West Conference. Wyoming is now 12-12 (.500) in Mountain West openers. UW is 8-6 (.571) when opening MW play at dwelling, and is 4-6 (.400) when opening on the highway. The Cowboys have gained six of their final 10 MW openers and 5 of 9 in the Craig Bohl period.
The two longest serving head coaches in the Mountain West Conference are Wyoming head coaches Craig Bohl (9 years at Wyoming) and Air Force’s Troy Calhoun (16 years at Air Force). They are additionally two of the winningest lively coaches in school soccer. See beneath the prime lively coaches ranked by their whole profession wins as a head coach.
Most Wins by Active FBS Coaches
Rank Wins Coach, School
1. 271 Nick Saban, Alabama
2. 268 Mack Brown, North Carolina
3. 264 Brian Kelly, LSU
4. 191 Kirk Ferentz, Iowa
5. 187 Willie Fritz, Tulane
6. 177 Chris Creighton, Eastern Michigan
7. 175 Terry Bowden, Louisiana-Monroe
8. 158 Jerry Kill, New Mexico State
9. 152 Craig BohlWyoming
152 Mike Leach, Mississippi State
152 Dabo Swinney, Clemson
12. 151 Mike Gundy, Oklahoma State
19. 113 Troy Calhoun, Air Force
Next Up: The Wyoming Cowboys shall be taking part in an previous rival subsequent week once they journey to Provo, Utah, to face the BYU Cougars on Saturday, Sept. 24. That recreation is scheduled to kick off at 8:15 pm, Mountain Time. The recreation shall be televised on both ESPN or ESPN2. The announcement of the particular tv community shall be made early subsequent week. The final time the two rivals performed was in the 2016 San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl. BYU gained that hard-fought recreation by a rating of 24-21. Next week’s recreation will mark the 79th assembly between the two colleges.