Behind the numbers: Wyoming vs. Hawaii
LARAMIE -- Seven.
That's the number of games Wyoming has won this fall inside Laramie's War Memorial Stadium. That's a perfect home record, something we haven't seen around here since 2019.
Why have the Cowboys been so successful in this place? You.
"First of all, our crowd," Wyoming head coach Craig Bohl said. "I have to believe it's the best in the Mountain West. There's a great deal of energy and it was amazing. The opposing coaches that were outside the conference that have come here have said that. You know, Texas Tech talked about that how loud it was. So, our fans are just not spectators, they're participants. That makes a big difference."
UW announced Saturday that 162,144 fans have gone through the turnstiles this season, a program record. Though only 18,233 were on hand to watch the Pokes hammer Hawaii 42-9, the all-time record was broken by more than 12,500 fans (149,625 back in 1990).
The elephant in the room, however, is that overall mark away from home where the Cowboys are winless in four tries. It cost this team a shot at a Mountain West title.
"We can have a Negative Nelly look," Bohl added. "We've had challenges on the road, But by God, we're really good at home."
Here are some stats from Wyoming's home finale:
That's the number of offensive yards Wyoming put up in the first 30 minutes of this win over the visiting Rainbow Warriors, 269 of which came through the air. The last time this program put up more than 300 yards of total offense in a half came back in the 2019 Arizona Bowl against Georgia State.
That's the number of points the Cowboys put on the scoreboard in the first half. Andrew Peasley tossed three touchdown passes and Harrison Waylee and Ayir Asante both found the end zone on the ground.
That's the number of touchdown throws off the right arm of Peasley on senior day. On the third snap of the game, he connected with Ryan Marquez on a 44-yard strike. On the first play of the ensuing drive, he tossed a beauty into the arms of tight end John Michael Gyllenborg, who flew down the sideline for an 89-yard score. Peasley hit Wyatt Wieland on a 40-yard pass in the second quarter.
That Gyllenborg touchdown run was the longest since Cam Coffman hooked up with Tanner Gentry for a 92-yard score against North Dakota back in 2015.
That's the number of interceptions the Cowboys' corners snagged off Brayden Schager. Jakorey Hawkins picked off the first one and Tyrecus Davis thwarted a red-zone opportunity with an interception in the end zone. You could really say there was three giveaways in the first 15 minutes. Easton Gibbs stuffed Schager at the goal line on a 4th-and-1.
Wyoming hasn't scored more than 35 points all season. They reached that number in an opening-day win over Texas Tech and a victory over New Mexico. Today, an 18-yard run on a fourth down from back-up QB Evan Svoboda in the fourth changed all of that.
That's how many penalties the home team committed in this one, compared to three for 25 yards for the 'Bows.
That's how many third downs the Cowboys converted in this one. Mid-way through the third quarter, Wyoming has only taken two snaps on that money down.
That's how Peasley capped his day throwing the football. He also added a season-high 319 yards through the air and three passing touchdowns.
That's how many yards of total offense the Pokes rolled up against the Rainbow Warriors.
That's the number of pass catchers to get into the action today. Asante led the way with four grabs. The senior transfer from Holy Cross tacked on 52 yards. John Michael Gyllenborg had an 89-yard touchdown catch on the second drive of the day. The big tight end finished with three snags for 128 yards.
That's the number of sacks Wyoming racked up in this win. Defensive ends Braden Siders and DeVonne Harris both tallied one and linebackers Easton Gibbs and Shae Suiaunoa combined for the other. The Cowboys were also credited with six QB hurries.
Gibbs finished with that many tackles to lead the team. Five of those were solo and he had half-a-sack.
That's the number of offensive plays the Cowboys ran in the third quarter for a grand total of 30 yards.
That's the number of rushing yards running back Harrison Waylee rolled up against the 'Bows. Twenty-eight of those came on a touchdown run in the second quarter.
That's the number of punts Clayton Stewart had against Hawaii. The senior averaged 51.7 yards per boot and had a long of 63.
That's John Hoyland's makes in his last 11 field-goal attempts. The All-American missed a 46-yarder in this one. He did hit all six of his point-after attempts.
That's the number of big passing plays for the Cowboys today. That means 15 yards or more. They also added five more of those on the ground (10 yards or more). Hawaii finished with four in the passing game and just one from a running back.
That's how many wins on the road Wyoming has this season. That can all change next week in Reno when the Cowboys take on two-win Nevada. Kickoff is slated for 7 p.m. Mountain Time and the game will be televised on CBS Sports Network.
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