Behind the numbers
LARAMIE -- In this new series we will examine a few numbers that stand out from the game we just witnessed. That was a 21-16 Wyoming win over Idaho today.
Sometimes they won’t be fun ones. Other times, you will be downright giddy.
So, let’s get started.
In this spot a week ago, we featured the No. 5. That depicted the number of victories in Sean Chamber's starts. That went up by one tonight. What can we say, the kid just flat gets it done. The numbers aren't always impressive -- which they weren't again Saturday in Laramie -- but the end result remains the same.
That's how many tackles Logan Wilson has already racked up this season from his middle-linebacker spot. The Casper native was once again the Cowboys leading tackler in the win over Idaho. He finished with 11 and a tackle for loss, which propelled him to seventh on the all-time tackles list, surpassing Ward Dobbs and Lucas Wacha. Another strong outing for the three-time captain.
That's the number of sacks Garrett Crall has to his credit after this one. Those have come in the last six quarters, dating back to last Saturday night in San Marcos, Texas. Crall is not just getting to the quarterback, he has 12 tackles in his last two games, too.
There were no turnovers in today's game. Wyoming snagged six takeaways in the first two games and has only turned the ball over one time. That was a Chamber's heave into the end zone on the last play of the first half at Texas State. No harm, no foul.
Wyoming fans showed up on a beautiful sun-spanked afternoon at War Memorial Stadium for the Pokes second home game of the season. This was the biggest crowd to watch a Wyoming home game since Oregon came to town in 2017. Yes, that means it was even bigger than the Mizzou game. Cheaper tickets helped., so did an unblemished record.
That is the number of fans who have made their way through the turnstiles at The War so far this season. That, according to the school, is a new record for this stadium, that turned 70 years old this season. This beats the previous high by 3,788 back in 2007. Nice work.
Wyoming has knocked off the Vandals seven times in eight games, dating back to the early 1900's. Idaho actually won that one.
Dating back to last October, Wyoming has now won seven straight games. That is the longest streak since a guy named Dana Dimel roamed the sidelines in 1998.
The Cowboys started that season 3-0, too. They knocked off Weber State, Texas State and Bowling Green, before losing back-to-back games to No. 9 Nebraska and Utah State on the road.
This was the third straight game that the Pokes had to overcome a double-digit deficit. Trey Smith said following the win over the Vandals: "One thing we do have is heart. We get down, we are going to come back at you stronger and it's only going to get harder from there. These guys are the guys I want to go to war with."