Behind the numbers: Wyoming vs. Boise State
LARAMIE -- Well, that hurt.
Lining up at the visitor's 21-yard line with 45 ticks remaining on the clock after receiving a gift of a fumble, Wyoming quarterback Jayden Clemons -- making his first-career start -- took the shotgun snap, looked to his right and fired the ball toward the end zone.
Joshua Cobbs was the intended target.
Unfortunately for the redshirt sophomore signal caller, he wasn't alone. Boise State's JL Skinner, who picked off Clemons a drive prior, once again hauled in the interception to put a bow on this one and give the Broncos the Mountain Division crown.
Football can be a cruel, cruel game.
Wyoming is now 7-4 overall and 5-2 in league play. The team will cap the regular season next Friday night at Fresno State. Kickoff is scheduled for 8 p.m. Mountain Time.
Let's take a look at some numbers from the Cowboys' heartbreaking 20-17 setback Saturday night inside War Memorial Stadium:
That's how many interceptions Clemons threw in his debut. Skinner picked off the final two and Rodney Robinson also put a halt to a Wyoming scoring drive early in the third, snagging a pass in the end zone that was intended for Alex Brown.
That's how many completions the Lehi, Utah, product finished with in the loss. His final stat line went like this: 3-of-16, 30 yards, three interceptions. Rough outing for Clemons, who helped lead the Cowboys to a 14-13 victory last week in Fort Collins.
That's the damage the Cowboys did on third down tonight. Boise State features the top third-down defense in the Mountain West. That showed. The Broncos' offense was just 4-of-13 in this category.
Wyoming finished with that many first downs in the loss, compared to 25 for the Broncos.
That's the number of offensive plays the Cowboys had in this one. They averaged 6.4 per, a number that was skewed thanks to a big night from running back Titus Swen. We'll get to that in a minute. Boise State took 77 snaps and racked up 6.2 yards per play.
That's the amount of time Clemons and the offense were on the field against the Broncos. The visitors held the ball for 36:29.
That's how many quarterbacks sacks these two teams combined for on a frigid Saturday night in Laramie. Wyoming entered the one the top team in the league at getting to the QB with 31 sacks.
For the first time in his career, Swen eclipsed the 200-yard mark on the ground. An 83-yard touchdown scamper late in the third quarter certainly helped. The junior from Fort Worth did all of that damage on just 19 carries. It's the sixth time in his tenure that he has gone over 100 yards on the ground.
Boise State turned the ball over that many times tonight. Wide receiver Davis Koetter handed the first fumble to the Cowboys in the first quarter. George Holani coughed up the next fumble, which came with just 1:42 remaining in the fourth quarter. DeVonne Harris scooped up the loose change and returned it 44 yards to the Broncos' 21-yard line.
John Hoyland was true on his one field-goal attempt tonight. That one came from 53 yards out in the second quarter.
With that field goal, Hoyland moves into a tie with Cory Wedel and JD Wallum for the most made field goals in a single season in program history.
That's how many punts Clayton Stewart had against the Broncos. He averaged 43 yards per kick, hit a 50-yarder and pinned one inside the 20-yard line.
Wyoming safety Wyett Ekeler, who forced the Koetter fumble in the first, racked up this many tackles against Boise State. That was a career high for the sophomore, who also was credited with a quarterback hit.
That's how many tackles Wyoming linebacker Easton Gibbs has this season after tallying 11 more against Boise State.
Deron Harrell and Harris both finished with that many tackles tonight, both career highs. Harrell caused the fumble that Harris hauled in late in regulation.
Wide receiver Wyatt Wieland has scored that many touchdowns this season on the jet sweep. The junior from Colorado Springs took a handoff and walked into the end zone from two yards out with 6:41 to go in the first quarter. That was Wyoming's first points in the first quarter in its last five games, dating back to Oct. 1.
That's tonight's announced attendance inside War Memorial Stadium.
As in degrees. That was the game-time temperature, the 10th-coldest game in the program's history.