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 23-10 homecoming win over New Mexico Saturday afternoon in front of 22,000-plus at War Memorial Stadium.
Sometimes they won’t be fun ones. Other times, you will be downright giddy.
So, let’s get started.
Here's a feel-good stat. Jeff Burroughs, a junior tailback from Yoder, became the first Wyoming native to start at running back for the Cowboys in the Mountain West Conference era. That happened in 1999. Good stuff from the former Southeast Cyclone.
Wyoming has now won six straight games at War Memorial Stadium. That's the longest streak since the 2015-16 season when they won seven in a row in Laramie.
That's how many times Wyoming has hosted a homecoming game in the Gem City. Today, more than 22,000 were on hand on a breezy, chilly afternoon against the Lobos. The Cowboys are 47-45-3 all time on homecoming.
That's how many third downs the Pokes converted Saturday, the most since the team racked up eight at Texas State. Wyoming was 11-of-18 in that category, which helped lead to nearly 11 minutes worth of time of possession in the fourth quarter.
Wyoming has now beat the Lobos this many times in the overall series, which reached 72 games this afternoon. The Pokes are 20-15 against New Mexico at War Memorial Stadium.
The Cowboys defense did some bending Saturday, but rarely broke. A big reason why is holding the visitors to just 4-of-12 on third down.
Alijah Halliburton is ranked No. 12 in the nation in tackles per game with 10.2. Saturday, he Wyoming's strong safety racked up seven more.
New Mexico is minus-11 in turnover margin, which places them in the bottom three in the country, in front of only Hawaii and New Mexico State. The Lobos put the ball on the ground once Saturday.
That's how many Wyoming receivers got in on the action against a New Mexico defense that is ranked dead last in FBS in passing yards allowed. Sean Chambers and Co. amassed just 86 yards through the air, but the redshirt freshman did throw a 15-yard touchdown pass to Josh Harshman in the fourth quarter.
Three times this season Chambers has eclipsed the century mark rushing. He scampered for a game-high 141 yards against the Lobos. And he did it with some bumps and bruises.
Cooper Rothe didn't have a great day by his standards, but the senior kicker did inch closer to Sean Fleming's all-time scoring record. Fleming finished his UW career with 324 points.
That's how many points the Cowboys defense allowed in the first half. That's the second 30-minute stretch this season that the Pokes have held their opponent scoreless. The other came against Texas State in the second half of that win in San Marcos.
Wyoming racked up that many yards on the ground against a stingy Lobos defense that was allowing just 128 rushing yards per game. Xazavian Valladay recorded 129 of those on 33 carries. Chambers finished with 141 yards on just 18.
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