Wyoming Uses Defense To Defeat Central Michigan
The Cowboys were plus eight in the turnover margin
The Cowboys were plus-eight in the turnover margin
In Josh Allen’s final game as a Wyoming Cowboy, the defense outshined the future first rounder. Viewers of the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl witnessed Wyoming set a school record with 8 turnovers. Josh Allen’s hot first quarter and the 26 points scored off Central Michigan turnovers contributed to the 37-14 rout.
After a 3 and out on his first drive, Josh Allen capped his second possession with a 23-yard strike to Jared Scott to put Wyoming up 7-0. Central Michigan fumbled the ball on their next possession and Allen made them pay with an 11-yard touchdown pass to Austin Conway. Central Michigan quickly answered with a 74-yard touchdown pass to Jonathan Ward on a wheel route to cut Wyoming’s back to seven.
As it appeared that the Chippewas regained some momentum from the early Wyoming onslaught, Allen quickly responded with a 45-yard touchdown pass to C.J. Johnson and a 21-7 Cowboys lead. The Pokes were able to convert 3 more turnovers into six points and entered the half up 27-7.
CMU quarterback Shane Morris racked up 329 passing yards but his 6 turnovers (4 interceptions and 2 lost fumbles) were too much for the Chippewas to overcome. Wyoming was able to shut down CMU running back Jonathan Ward in holding him to 29 yards on the ground but he was able to get 109 receiving yards on 7 receptions. Senior tight end also had a good game for the Chippewas with 7 catches for 98 yards.
The Chippewas put together a nice drive out of halftime but that series ended deep in Wyoming territory with a Tyler Hall interception. Wyoming took the turnover and finished a run-heavy drive with a field goal to put Wyoming up 30-7.
Early in the fourth quarter, Carl Granderson iced the game with a 58-yard fumble return to put Wyoming up 37-14. The Cowboys final two drives ended in punts and CMU’s final two ended in turnovers.
After the game, Josh Allen was named Famous Idaho Potato Bowl MVP going 11 for 19 for 159 yards and 3 touchdowns. The Wyoming Football twitter account also posted that Allen has declared for the 2018 NFL Draft.
With the win, Wyoming finished the season 8-5 and finished with consecutive 8-win seasons for the first time since 1987-1988. The Cowboys snapped a 2-game bowl losing streak and their 23-point victory was the largest margin of victory in a bowl game in school history.