Behind the numbers
LOGAN, Utah — In this new series we will examine a few numbers that stand out from the game we just witnessed. That was a 26-21 loss to Utah State Saturday afternoon at Maverik Stadium.
Sometimes they won’t be fun ones. Other times, you will be downright giddy.
So, let’s get started.
For the fourth consecutive week, Wyoming running back Xazavian Valladay eclipsed the 100-yard rushing mark. Saturday, he finished with 114 yards on 25 carries. Valladay was the Pokes workhorse again in this one.
Valladay's back-up, Brett Brenton, had a 25-yard rush in this one a week after not taking a single handoff in Boise. The Casper native made this one extra special, leapfrogging an oncoming defender.
That's how many throws came off the right arm of sophomore quarterback, Tyler Vander Waal. That was a season high for any Wyoming signal caller. Vander Waal completed 20 of them for 185 yards and three interceptions.
That's how many turnovers Wyoming finished with Saturday in Logan, the most in any game this season. Utah State, however, turned that into just six points.
For the second consecutive week, Wyoming tight end Josh Harshman snagged six passes. Today, he racked up 76 yards.
That's how many rushing yards the Pokes allowed Saturday in Logan. Utah State's leading rusher was Gerold Bright, who finished with 56 yards on 17 carries.
The Cowboys committed nine penalties on the night, their most in a game this season. A big holding call erased a long return late in the fourth quarter that had the Pokes inside the Aggies 35-yard line. Instead, they started the drive from their own 30.
Wyoming picked off Utah State quarterback Jordan Love twice. Javaree Jackson snagged the first one of the day after tipping a pass, and Logan Wilson ran one in for a touchdown from 10 yards out to put the Cowboys on the board on the first play of the second quarter.
Somehow, someway, both teams managed this many offensive plays in Saturday's game. Utah State used a no-huddle, fast-paced attack to try wearing down the Cowboys all afternoon.
Wyoming scored just twice in the red zone in four trips against the Aggies. Vander Waal scored both touchdowns on the ground.
That's how many Wyoming receivers caught passes in Logan. Harshman led the way, followed by five catches for 64 yards from senior Austin Conway.
Wyoming picked up just two sacks against a young, inexperienced Aggies offensive line Saturday. Jackson got the first one, and Rome Weber got to back-up quarterback, Henry Colombi, on a safety blitz late in the fourth quarter.
For the second straight week, Wyoming is stuck on six wins. Now, Utah State also has six and the Mountain West Conference has seven bowl eligible teams for seven bowl slots with two weeks remaining in the regular season.
That's how many times Wyoming and Border War rival Colorado State have met on a football field. The Bronze Boot is on the line Friday night at War Memorial Stadium.
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