Behind the numbers: Pokes vs. ‘Bows
LARAMIE — Wyoming might just be a running team after all, huh?
All kidding aside, Friday night the Pokes’ went with the bread-and-butter approach, hammering out 281 rushing yards on 59 attempts.
Xazavian Valladay led the way with 163 yards and two touchdowns for Wyoming in a dominating 31-7 victory over Hawaii inside War Memorial Stadium.
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That was the ninth time in Valladay’s brief Wyoming career that he has eclipsed the 100-yard mark. The junior running back now has 250 yards rushing in two games this season.
That’s how many times Wyoming has beat Hawaii in the 25-game history of this series. Trey Smith and Valladay rushed over to the Rainbow Warriors’ bench and were the first to get their hands on the Paniolo Trophy.
That was the announced attendance in Laramie tonight. Last week in Reno, the Cowboys played in front of maybe 250 people, which included parents of Nevada players, the band and spirit squad. “It was great energy out there,” Valladay said. “They came out and supported us.”
That’s how many yards Hawaii quarterback Chevan Cordeiro threw for against the UW secondary. Against Fresno State in Week 1, the sophomore gunslinger connected on 20-of-31 passes for 229 yards. Tonight, he completed just 11 passes and finished with a QB rating of 10.1.
Not to pick on Cordeiro too much here, but in that 34-19 win over the Bulldogs last Saturday, Hawaii’s quarterback gashed the Fresno State defense to the tune of 116 rushing yards. See that bold number above? That’s how many yards the Cowboys’ gave up on nine carries.
That’s how many first downs the Cowboys picked up against Hawaii. That included going 8-for-15 on third down. Against Nevada, Wyoming had just four first downs all game.
Craig Bohl said postgame that he loves his team’s “1-2 punch” out of the backfield. Valladay racked up the bigger numbers, but Smith added 89 yards on just 20 carries. He also sledgehammered his way into the end zone twice.
Four, as in fourth quarter. During that frame, Wyoming has now outscored its first two opponents, 32-3. That could bode well for the Pokes throughout this eight-game season.
Wyoming had the ball for that many minutes compared to just 21:45 for Hawaii. In the first half alone, the Cowboys held the ball for 20:28 of the 30 minutes.
The Pokes’ young, opportunistic defense has forced this many turnovers through two games. Wyoming is a plus-2 in that category so far this season.
That’s how many sacks the Cowboys’ defense registered against Hawaii. Cole Godbout got one. Charles Hicks picked up a pair. Victor Jones finished with 0.5 and the newest pride of Natrona County High School, Jordan Bertagnole, tallied 1.5 sacks.
That’s how many straight wins the Cowboys have inside War Memorial Stadium, dating back to 2018.
That’s the last time Hawaii won here. That was a 32-17 win over Joe Tiller’s Cowboys.
We are getting a tad ahead of ourselves here and breaking Bohl’s “24-hour rule,” but next Thursday in Fort Collins will be the 112th meeting between Border War rivals Wyoming and Colorado State.