Wyoming vs Wofford: Cowboys Escape With 17-14 Win Over Terriers
Last Second Touchdown Pass Gives Cowboys The Victory
Cowboys Have Many Questions To Answer During Their Bye Week
The Wyoming Cowboys got their second win of the 2018 season in a lackluster performance over Wofford. In a game that lacked much action, the Cowboys barely outgained their FCS opponent 313-294. In spite of Wyoming winning the turnover battle 3-1, the Pokes needed a touchdown drive on their final possession of the game to get the win.
After the Cowboys returned a fumbled punt to the Wofford 10 yard line, Cooper Rothe provided the first points of the game with a 20 yard field goal with 8:16 left in the second quarter. Wofford answered with a 75 yard touchdown drive finished by a 4 yard run by Wofford RB Andre Stoddard to take the lead 7-3.
In the closing seconds of the half, Tyler Vander Waal finished a 75 yard touchdown drive with his first career touchdown pass to TE Tyree Mayfield. The Cowboys entered the half with a 10-7 lead over the Terriers.
Neither team would score again until early in the 4th quarter when Wofford QB Joe Newman ran the ball in from 4 yards out to put the Terriers up 14-10. With 4:08 left on the clock and the Cowboys in the red zone, Vander Waal threw his first pick of the game. Wyoming was able to stop the Terriers on their next possession to give their offense one final chance to sneak away with a win. The Cowboys offense took advantage of their second chance with a 9 yard touchdown pass to Raghib Ismail Jr that would put Wyoming up 17-14 with just 17 seconds remaining.
Wofford had the ball one last time but their last shot ended with a Chavez Pownell Jr. interception.
Vander Waal finished 25/42 with 224 yards, 2 TD’s and 1 INT. Xazavian Valladay ran for 57 yards on 15 carries. Austin Conway led the Cowboys in receiving with 11 catches for 89 yards. The defensive standout was Andrew Wingard who finshed with 12 tackles and an interception.
What’s Next for the Cowboys
Wyoming will enter their bye week 2-2 before facing Boise State at home on Sept. 29. Boise State (2-1) lost 44-21 to Oklahoma State and will also have a week off before the game at War Memorial Stadium.