Behind the numbers: Wyoming vs. Air Force
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo., -- Welp, that wasn't an ideal start to Mountain West play for the previously unbeaten Wyoming Cowboys.
Neither was five yards of total offense through the first 25-plus minutes of play, or the two turnovers, or the six costly penalties during the Pokes' 24-14 loss Saturday night at the Air Force Academy.
Let's check out some numbers that stood out in this one -- if you dare:
That's how many third downs the Cowboys converted on 12 opportunities Saturday night.
That's how many passes Haaziq Daniels completed on 10 attempts through the air against the Cowboys in the second half. Air Force's quarterback finished with 110 yards passing and a touchdown.
Wyoming committed 10 penalties worth 99 yards at UConn. Saturday, Wyoming was flagged six more times for 40 yards, including a crucial holding call on a 3rd and 18. Sean Chambers scampered for 19 on the play. Offensive guard Logan Harris was hit with the yellow hanky.
That's how many yards of total offense the Cowboys had with 4:38 remaining in the second quarter. That included zero passing yards.
Wyoming held the ball for that long in the first half, compared to 22:42 for the Falcons
The visitors had the ball on their own 3-yard line with less than five minutes to go in the first half. Xazavian Valladay busted a 74-yard run -- the second longest in his UW career -- and the Cowboys capped a six-play, 97-yard drive with a 1-yard touchdown plunge from Chambers.
Speaking of Valladay, the Cowboys junior running back surpassed Marques Brigham tonight as the program's fifth all-time leading rusher. Valladay finished the game with 96 yards on just eight carries. He now has 2,647 career rushing yards.
That's how many plays the Cowboys ran in the first half, compared to 42 for Air Force.
That's how many throws Air Force attempted in the first half. The Falcons did appear to be loading up for a trick play late in the second half, but coverage down field coupled with a CJ Coldon tackle, put that thought to a halt real quick. Boy, did that number change in the second half.
That's the number of games in a row Air Force has marched right down the field and scored a touchdown on its opening drive. They did it again Saturday with a 15-play, 75-yard drive that took a season-high 8:18 off the clock.
That's the number of third downs conversions for the Cowboys on five third-down attempts in the first 30 minutes.
Air Force put together two 15-yard drives in this one. Those drives ended with 10 points on the board and chewed up more than 15 minutes of game clock.
That's how many fumbles the Cowboys lost tonight. The visitors put the ball on the turf four times total.
That's how many people were on hand to witness Air Force's 24-14 victory over the Cowboys inside Falcon Stadium.
That's where the all-time series record between these two programs sits after Saturday night's game.
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