Wyoming Wrap-up vs New Mexico
Cowboys rack up 259 rushing yards in 23-10 win over New Mexico
Wyoming finished the game with 55 carries
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No surprises from Wyoming
The Pokes are going to run the ball. Then they are going to run the ball again…and again…and again. The formula for the Cowboys is simple, run the ball, force turnovers, grind away. On Saturday, Wyoming executed their plan to perfection.
No Running Back Depth, No Problem
With Trey Smith and Titus Swen out, the Cowboys entered Saturday’s game with some depth concerns at running back. Xazavian Valladay finished the game with 33 carries while Chambers added 18. It appears that nothing is going to force Wyoming into passing the ball.
Kicking Issues Continue
Cooper Rothe finished the game with another missed field goal and an extra point. While the field goal was from distance in blustery conditions, the extra point was nowhere close to the uprights. This is an area to watch as the Cowboys enter the final stretch of the season.
Haliburton Is A Tackling Machine
The senior who waited 3 years for his opportunity has made the most of his final season in the brown and gold. Halliburton’s 69 tackles place the safety at 15th in the nation in total tackles, 2nd in the conference in tackles behind Utah State standout David Woodward (82) and 1st in the nation for total tackles by a defensive back. He’s looking to be a lock for 1st team All-MW.
Efficient Passing Game
Wyoming only threw the ball 15 times against the Lobos. The huge difference in this game is that the Pokes completed 9 of those passes, 60 percent. Five of the 9 completions on Saturday resulted in a first down or a touchdown. That is exactly what Wyoming needs going forward.
Chambers entered the game with the lowest passing percentage in the nation and the Cowboys will not be looking to throw the ball a lot this season but they need to have success on the few attempts they take. It will be very interesting to see if this is going to become a trend for the rest of the season or if it was just an anomaly.