Behind the numbers: Wyoming vs. Nevada
RENO, Nev., -- Eight.
That's the number of games Wyoming has now won this season after a dominating 42-6 performance against lowly Nevada Saturday night inside Mackay Stadium. This is the first time the Cowboys have claimed that many victories during the regular campaign since Josh Allen and Co. accomplished that back in 2016.
An unwanted six-game losing streak on the road was also snapped in Reno.
Now, the Pokes play the waiting game. No one knows what bowl game awaits, but what we do know is this will Craig Bohl's sixth trip to the postseason during his 10-year career in Laramie.
Let's check out some other numbers and stats from the regular-season finale:
That's how many times Wyoming and Nevada have met on the football field. The Cowboys now hold a slight 6-4 advantage in the overall series and are now 3-3 all-time in Reno.
That's how many Mountain West wins the Cowboys finished with in 2023. Four of those -- New Mexico, Fresno State, Colorado State and Hawaii -- came inside War Memorial Stadium. The fifth -- the team's first road win of the season -- came Saturday night at Nevada.
That's the number of road games the Pokes lost this fall. Those teams -- Texas, Air Force, Boise State and UNLV -- are a combined 35-13 this season. Those squads are also 20-3 inside their home stadiums.
That's how many second-half points the Cowboys scored in Reno. In those aforementioned road setbacks, Wyoming scored just nine points: a field goal at Texas and a touchdown -- with a blocked extra point -- at Air Force. UW shutout at Boise and in Las Vegas.
For the second straight week, Wyoming put that many points on the scoreboard. Those are season highs. Andrew Peasley and Co. have rolled up 881 yards of total offense and secured 44 first downs to go along with those 84 points.
Speaking of Peasley, he accounted for that many touchdowns against the Wolf Pack. He rushed for two scores -- a 43-yard jaunt and a three-yard dash to pylon -- and added a pair through the air. Peasley fired a 34-yard strike to Will Pelissier in the first quarter and added a nine-yard heave to Ayir Asante in the third. The senior signal caller threw for 165 yards and completed 12-of-18 throws. He also rushed for a team-high 96 yards on nine attempts.
Those are Peasley's rankings in the Mountain West and the FBS when it comes to points responsible for this season. The Oregon product accounts for 14 points per game. Peasley has thrown for 22 touchdowns and added nine more on the ground.
That's the number of yards Wyett Ekeler needed to reach the end zone after a second-quarter interception Saturday night. Wyoming's free safety picked off Shane Illingworth and broke numerous tackles before eventually diving over the white line. That was Ekeler's second pick of the season.
That's how many quarterback sacks the Pokes tallied in this one, a season high. Sabastian Harsh led the way with two off the edge and fellow defensive ends Braden Siders (1.5) and Tyce Westland (0.5) also got in on the act. Isaac White and Jordan Bertagnole also registered one.
That's the tackles for loss this Wyoming defenses tacked on in the win. Harsh had 2.5 of those. The Cowboys now have 21 of those over their last two outings.
That's how many turnovers the Wolf Pack gifted the Cowboys Saturday night. One, a special teams fumble caused by Caleb Driskill. The other, the Ekeler pick-six. In reality, Nevada turned it over four times if you count turnovers on downs. Wyoming also turned those into touchdowns.
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That's the number of rushing yards Nevada finished with in this one. Sean Dollar led that effort with 31 yards on eight carries. As a team, the Wolf Pack lost 28 yards on the ground. That's 0.7 yards per rush if you're keeping track at home.
That's how many yards of total offense the home team finished with. That is the lowest number the Cowboys defense has allowed this season. Same can be said for those 18 rushing yards. Nevada made just one trip to the red zone in this one. That was quickly wiped away thanks to three consecutive QB sacks.
That's the number of touchdowns the Cowboys allowed Saturday. Nevada did tack on a pair of field goals.
That's the number of receiving touchdowns now for Holy Cross transfer Asante. The senior also has a rushing touchdown. That came last week in a 42-9 win over Hawaii.
That's Wyoming's third-down conversion rate against Nevada. The home team was just 2-of-12 in this category and failed on fourth down twice.
That's the number of yards Wyoming's offense rolled up in Reno. Nearly 250 of those came on the ground while Peasley threw for 165 yards.
That's the number of rushing yards for running back Harrison Waylee. He also added a two-yard touchdown run in the third quarter and now has five of those this season.
Harsh led the Cowboys with this many tackles in this one, including two sacks and 2.5 tackles for loss. Easton Gibbs and Ekeler both finished with five.
John Hoyland never got a field-goal opportunity in this one, but Wyoming's placekicker was perfect on extra-point attempts.
That's the announced attendance inside Mackay Stadium Saturday night. Maybe the comma is in the wrong spot? Late in the second half, you could likely ditch the comma altogether on a chilly night in Reno.
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