Behind the numbers: Pokes vs. Rams
FORT COLLINS, Colo., -- The numbers were impressive.
The score, well, that was a different story for the visiting team.
Wyoming couldn't climb back in this one after a pair of early turnovers put the Cowboys in an early 17-0 hole. Colorado State had an answer for every comeback attempt. In the end, it was the home team rushing across the field to snag the coveted Bronze Boot for the first time since 2015.
CSU 34, Wyoming 24
That's how many times these two hated rivals have met on a football field. The first time came all the way back in 1899. With the victory, CSU now has a 59-48-5 advantage overall in the series.
That's how many Bronze Boots the Cowboys had hoisted in a row heading into this one. Wyoming had won eight of the past 11 meetings.
That's how many touchdowns Xazavian Valladay and Trey Smith have this season. Both scored again tonight in Fort Collins.
Valladay's 147-yard performance against the Rams gave him his 10th career 100-yard rushing game. The junior has amassed 397 rushing yards through three games this season.
That's how many yards senior wide receiver Ayden Eberhardt racked up in the loss to CSU. That is a career high. His previous best performance came last September in Tulsa when he hauled in just one pass for 53 yards and his first touchdown in a Cowboys' uniform.
That's how many tackles Wyoming's middle linebacker Chad Muma racked up Thursday night. The Colorado native was all over the field once again for the Cowboys. Muma also tallied 1.5 tackles for loss.
That's how many times the Pokes sacked CSU quarterback Patrick O'Brien tonight. Esaias Gandy got him once. So did Braden Smith and Cameron Smith. The sacks by safeties Gandy and Braden Smith marked the first time in league history that two UW safeties recorded a sack in the same game. That one is hard to believe.
On the flip side, this is how many times Levi Williams was buried in the turf by CSU's aggressive defense.
That's how many yards Williams threw for Thursday night. It was the most passing yards for a UW quarterback since Josh Allen connected for 328 back in 2017.
That's how many turnovers the Pokes had against CSU, including two in the first eight offensive plays from scrimmage.
That's how many different receivers caught a pass from Williams tonight, including the first-career catch by freshman Devin Jennings. Isaiah Neyor caught three passes for 77 yards and Treyton Welch added two more for 55 yards.
That's how many catches CSU's Trey McBride and Dante Wright combined for. Wright had 10 grabs for 146 yards and McBride hauled in two touchdown passes.
Wyoming converted just 4-of-15 third downs on offense. The Pokes were 1-for-4 on fourth down, too.
Craig Bohl's teams are always some of the least penalized in the nation. Not on Thursday. Wyoming committed eight penalties for a staggering 83 yards.