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 53-17 beat down of UNLV Saturday night in front of 23,000-plus at chilly War Memorial Stadium.
Sometimes they won’t be fun ones. Other times, you will be downright giddy.
So, let’s get started.
One beautiful moment before halftime. Wyoming senior linebacker Ben Wisdorf was told to stay on the field and look up at the Jumbo Tron. Up there, his brother, Jordan Wisdorf, delivered a special message to him on "Military appreciation night." Jordan is overseas with the Wyoming Army National Guard. Good stuff. (See main photo)
This seems like a good place to start. That's how many yards Wyoming's rushing attack racked up in the win over UNLV. That is the most rushing yards for the Pokes this season, surpassing the 297 they put on Mizzou in the season opener
While we are on the subject ... that's how many yards Titus Swen gained tonight. He was a beast, breaking tackles, running through guys, and eventually running away from them, too, like he did on his 44-yard touchdown jaunt in the fourth quarter. It was the first 100-yard day for the true freshman from Ft. Worth, Texas. I'll bet it wont be his last.
The number of completions that came off the right arm of Sean Chambers tonight on the high -- windy -- plains of Laramie. That is obviously not an ideal passing stat, but the redshirt freshman made the most of those executed passes, throwing two touchdowns and tallying 124 yards.
Wyoming's front four on defense got to UNLV passers just a pair of times in the win. The good news -- Davon Wells-Ross picked up both of them.
The Cowboys have now beat the Rebels that many times in the history of the two programs. UNLV had won 11 of those games, including a 69-66 triple-overtime barn-burner in Sin City back in 2016.
Wyoming has won its last five games in front of the faithful at War Memorial Stadium. That's the longest home win streak since 2016, when they won their first six at "The War."
The Pokes four wins are the most through five games since 2007. That team, coached by Joe Glenn, won just one more game that season, finishing 5-7 overall.
That's how many braved the late fall conditions in Laramie Saturday night. That's a really good showing considering Interstate-80 from Cheyenne was closed for most of the morning, winds were blowing in the 30-mph range, it was a night game and just 57 degrees at kickoff.
Titus Swen's big day gave the Cowboys their fourth 100-yard rusher this season. Trey Smith, Xazavian Valladay and Sean Chambers have also hit that mark in 2019. Brett Brenton finished with 82 on just seven carries in the victory.
For only the second time in his short stint as Wyoming's starting quarterback, Sean Chambers tossed multiple touchdown passes. The other time he did that was in his first-ever start in Fort Collins last season.
UNLV only managed to execute four third-down attempts in Laramie. That was out of 16 tries.
The number of yards Austin Conway piled up in punt returns Saturday night. He averaged 15 yards per return.
That's how many consecutive point-after attempts that Cooper Rothe had nailed before the UNLV game. He missed two wide left.
Alijah Halliburton was back at it. He led all Cowboy defenders with 11 tackles against the Rebels. Last week at Tulsa, he finished with 17. He also had 17 against Mizzou.