Behind the numbers: UW vs. New Mexico
LARAMIE -- Ugh.
Just when you thought things couldn't get any worse, a team with the 130th-ranked offense in the nation rolls into town, rolls up 259 yards of total offense and ultimately rolls the Cowboys, 14-3.
This season was not supposed to play out like this.
Wyoming was bringing back 95% of its roster. That was the second-highest percentage in the country. Craig Bohl also has an offensive line with more than 145 combined starts under its collective belt.
Last year, well, we all kind of chalk that 2-4 campaign to a worldwide pandemic. This season, thought the virus is still very much out there, the excuses have come to a halt.
Wyoming is now 4-3 overall and 0-3 in Mountain West play.
Let's check out some stats that aided in that unwanted record:
That's the number of turnovers the Cowboys committed today, including a Sean Chambers interception on the opening drive. Wyoming entered this game with a minus-2 in that category. Now, that sits at four.
That's the number of times Wyoming and New Mexico have met on a football field. After the Lobos win in Laramie, the Cowboys are now clinging to a 39-35 mark all-time.
Aren't you supposed to face a cupcake on homecoming? Wyoming now sports that record above when it comes to this special date on the schedule every fall.
The Mountain West's back-to-back leading rusher, Xazavian Valladay, only picked up that many yards today on the ground on 14 carries. He is now fourth on UW's all-time rushing list with 2,723 yards.
That's now Wyoming's home record since 2016 after consecutive losses inside War Memorial Stadium.
That's how many penalties the Cowboys were hit with in today's loss. That equated to 40 yards. The toughest one to swallow, arguably, was a false start with the home team lining up at the New Mexico 8-yard line in the first half.
That's how many third downs the Cowboys converted on 12 tries.
New Mexico converted on its first three fourth-down attempts in this one. The second one ended in a 43-yard touchdown pass from Isaiah Chavez to Trace Bruckler in the first quarter.
New Mexico's offense held the ball for that many minutes in Laramie, utilizing a triple-option attack that racked up 147 rushing yards.
That's how many passes Chavez completed today on 11 attempts. Coming into this game, he had just one completion on one throw the entire year.
According to statbroadcast.com, Wyoming pass catchers dropped this many balls today. Chambers and Levi Williams combined to complete just 14 passes for 147 yards.
That's how many games the Cowboys have gone without scoring a touchdown.
That's how many scoreless quarters Wyoming strung together before John Hoyland booted a 27-yard field goal today in the second quarter. UW is starting a new streak that now sits at two.
Redshirt freshman linebacker Easton Gibbs led the Cowboys with this many tackles against New Mexico.
New Mexico had given up 23 sacks through its first seven games of the season. Today, goose egg. The Lobos did run a triple-option attack throughout.
That's the announced attendance of today's game in Laramie.