After last week’s triple overtime loss to UNLV, many were ready to write off Wyoming against SDSU. Craig Bohl had other plans: after swatting down a Hail Mary that got held on by Quest Truxton for a time-expiring touchdown, the Pokes defense successfully swatted down a 2-pt conversion to beat the Aztecs.
That may have preserved the win for Wyoming, but really, the Cowboys won this game by beating the Aztecs at their own game. The Pokes defense shut down Donnel Pumphrey completely, allowing 17 carries for 76 yds, and holding the Aztecs to a total of 178 yds after surrendering 400+ to UNLV last week.
Josh Allen completed 16/31 for 282 yds, 2 TDs and 1 INT, and carrying for 56 yds, and really figured out how to successfully attack this strong Aztec secondary (hint: they kept the ball away from Damontae Kazee). While everyone has been talking about Pumphrey, Brian Hill argued why he should win the Doak Walker award (both of them were announced semifinalists this week), carrying for 131 yds and 2 TDs.
One of the more interesting trivial facts of today, which really shows how much Craig Bohl has come since coming to Laramie is this: The Cowboys have beat two AP Top-25 teams in the same season for the first time since 1999. The Aztecs were ranked 24th in the AP Poll, which shows how much respect Rocky Long and Company have earned over the last two seasons. Perhaps the Cowboys are trying to send a message to the journalists, or perhaps Craig Bohl likes to keep his giant-killer status from North Dakota State. Whatever the reason, the Cowboys just need one more win to reach their first Mountain West Championship game.