San Diego on average gets over 220 days of sunshine a year and only about 10 inches of rain. The rain gods won this game before it started and let the teams play for second place after that. In a sloppy, mudfest that was reminiscent of the “good ol days of football,” BYU and Wyoming battled in the sopped up grass, washing away any hopes of high-powered offense and clean jerseys.
By halftime, BYU led 10-0 because of Wyoming’s inability to control things in inclement weather. The punter let a ball slip through his hands, bouncing off his head and landing inside the five, where the Cougars would score a few plays later. Soon after, the placeholder couldn’t control a snap, leading to a botched fake field goal attempt. The Cowboy receivers even changed their gloves before half so they could control the ball. The game seemingly looked like it was going to be a BYU blowout.
However, if there’s one thing Craig Bohl’s team has done consistently this season, it was fighting back when the odds are stacked against them.
The Cougars had built up a 24-7 advantage early in the fourth quarter, however the pesky Cowboys would not go quietly in the night, just like they hadn’t all season. Allen led the Pokes on two straight methodical drives for touchdowns, and the defense stepped up, finally slowing down Jamaal Williams enough to pressure BYU into playing safe. A sack and the Pokes defense set up opportunities for the offense, just like they had all season, despite their alarming rate of giving up points.
Once again, Josh Allen had the opportunity to defy odds at the end of the season and beat a favored opponent. Once again, Allen tossed a pick in an ill-advised location on the field near the end zone. BYU head coach Kalani Sitake released his breath and won his first bowl game in his first year as head coach.
Craig Bohl and company will now figure out how to transition the Pokes from being a good team, to a team that will challenge for the MWC title consistently every year.