Behind the numbers: Wyoming vs. Colorado State
LARAMIE -- And you thought the Cowboys might not show up for this one.
OK, I'm with you. Had no idea what to expect after that 32-7 listless debacle last Saturday at Boise State.
Wyoming, of late, just doesn't lose the Border War.
Andrew Peasley tossed a pair of touchdowns, Harrison Waylee again eclipsed the 100-yard mark on the ground and UW's defense didn't allow Colorado State to convert a single third down in Friday night's 24-15 victory inside a raucous War Memorial Stadium.
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Redshirt freshman quarterback Brayden Fowler-Nicolosi also threw a pair of third-quarter interceptions, ensuring the Bronze Boot will remain in Laramie for a third straight season.
That's becoming a fun habit, right.
Wyoming has won seven of the last eight overall against the Rams and 11-of-15. CSU still holds a 59-51-5 advantage in the overall series, but since the traveling trophy was introduced in 1968, the Cowboys lead 31-25.
Here are some stats from Wyoming's win:
That's how many times now Wyoming and CSU have met on the football field. The first game happened back in 1899.
That's how many wins the Cowboys now have this season, making the program bowl eligible for the seventh time in 10 seasons under head coach Craig Bohl.
That's the number of victories Jay Norvell's Rams have this fall. If CSU has any hopes of making it back to the postseason for the first time since 2017, it will have to win out. The remaining schedule includes home games against San Diego State and Nevada before hitting the road for the long trip to Honolulu in the finale.
That's CSU record against its rivals -- Wyoming, Colorado and Air Force -- over its last 20 outings. The lone win came against the Cowboys in 2020. That was a 34-24 victory inside an empty Canvas Stadium due to the ongoing pandemic.
That's how many fans crammed into Laramie's War Memorial Stadium for this Friday night tilt. That's the largest crowd since the Pokes hosted Idaho in 2019.
Andrew Peasley tossed that many touchdown passes against the Rams, the first hitting Gunner Gentry in the back of the end zone from nine yards out in the second quarter. His second scoring strike was to Ayir Asante, also in the back of the gold paint, in the third quarter. That touchdown gave the home team a 17-7 lead. Peasley now has 15 touchdown passes this season.
That's how many different pass catchers caught a ball from Peasley in this one, including three for Sam Scott and Wyatt Wieland. Alex Brown and Asante each finished with two.
That was Gentry's second-ever touchdown grab. The super senior hauled it in and got two feet down before crashing into the metal railing in the south end zone. Gentry, who missed the last two seasons with knee injuries, caught his first touchdown in the 2020 opener at Nevada.
Asante now has that many career touchdown grabs, including five this year, his first as a Cowboy. Asante finished with two catches for 31 yards, including that 11-yard score.
That's the number of rushing yards Waylee rolled up on the Rams on 29 carries. That's an average of 4.4 yards per tote. Four times now this season Waylee has hit the century mark on the ground. This was the first time since a 191-yard performance against New Mexico.
That's how many rushing yards Peasley finished with on 11 attempts. The senior signal caller picked up a pair of third-and-long's with his legs in this one.
That's how many catches Tory Horton pulled down in the loss. CSU's All-Mountain West receiver, clearly not operating at 100%, finished with just 58 yards.
That's the number of passes Dalin Holker hauled in against the Pokes. The 6-foot-5 tight end entered this one with six touchdown receptions and 620 receiving yards. The BYU transfer was held to just 33 yards in this one.
That's CSU's rushing total, led by senior Avery Morrow, who amassed 39 yards on 11 carries.
That's the number of yards Fowler-Nicolosi threw for in this one, 111.5 yards below his season average.
That's the number of QB sacks the Rams tallied in Laramie, led by linebacker Chase Wilson, who finished with 1.5. CSU also tacked on seven tackles for loss.
John Hoyland's struggles continue. Wyoming's All-American placekicker missed two more kicks Friday night. They weren't chip shots by any means, failing to connect on one from 55 and another from 52.
Clayton Stewart let off a career-best 72-yard punt, pinning CSU inside their own 10-yard line late in the first half. The senior averaged 50.3 yards per boot on just three attempts. Last week in Boise, Stewart punted a season-high nine times.
That's how many tackles Easton Gibbs, Wyett Ekeler and Shae Suiaunoa tallied Friday night against the Rams. Gibbs and Suiaunoa were also responsible for the interceptions on back-to-back CSU drives in the third, respectively. Gibb also finished with a sack and Ekeler also stopped receiver Dylan Goffney a yard short on a third-down attempt in the second quarter. The play had to be reviewed.
That's how long the Cowboys held onto the ball Friday, running 67 offensive plays compared to just 63 for the Rams.
That's Wyoming's success rate in the red zone. The lone blemish was failing to punch in a touchdown from the CSU 1-yard line on three consecutive snaps late in the fourth quarter.
That's the number of offensive yards CSU rolled up. That's the lowest total the Cowboys have allowed this season.
That's Wyoming's record against its next opponent, UNLV. The Cowboys have won 6-of-8 in the series, including a 45-14 win inside an empty Allegiant Stadium back in 2020. Kickoff is slated for 8:45 p.m. Mountain Time and the game will be televised on FS1.