Behind the numbers: Wyoming vs. Texas Tech
LARAMIE -- $100,000
That's the bonus Craig Bohl will deposit in his bank account after the Cowboys overcame an early 17-point deficit Saturday night and upset heavily-favored Texas Tech 35-33 in double overtime.
It was well-earned.
Wyoming's first four drives of the game featured two fumbles, a pair of false-start penalties and 23 yards of total offense. Just seven of the first 12 plays resulted in positive yardage.
It was ugly. The visitors took full advantage.
Then, something happened.
"The end of this game was just, take 'em to the deep end of the pool and they're going to fold," UW quarterback Andrew Peasley said to a CBS reporter postgame. "That's exactly what we did."
That's how many consecutive losses the Cowboys had suffered going into Saturday night, courtesy of a Big XII opponent. The last win against an institution from that conference came on Sept. 6 1997. That was a 56-10 drubbing of visiting Iowa State. Three weeks later, UW dropped a heartbreaker in Boulder, falling to the Colorado Buffaloes, 20-19. That was a loss on the field, but technically the victory was given to the visitors. CU had to vacate all 11 wins that season due to the use of an ineligible player. During that losing skid, the Pokes lost to Texas (x3), Texas A&M (x3), Kansas (x2), Colorado (x2) and Oklahoma State.
That's how many fans were on hand inside War Memorial Stadium to witness the Cowboys hand Texas Tech a 35-33 double-overtime loss.
That's how many minutes Saturday night's game was delayed thanks to a thunderstorm that lingered in the Laramie area.
John Hoyland drilled a career-long 56-yard field goal on the first snap of the second quarter to put the Cowboys on the scoreboard. The junior from Broomfield, Colo., hit a 55-yarder in last year's season-opening victory over Tulsa. That game also went into two overtimes.
That's how many passes Andrew Peasley completed in the win over Texas Tech. He added 149 yards and a pair of touchdowns, including an 11-yard strike to tight end John Michael Gyllenborg in the second overtime. That came on a 4th-and-7 with a safety bearing down on him.
Peasley was also the Cowboys' leading rusher on the night. He rolled up 68 yards on 15 attempts. The Oregon native also found the end zone from five yards out in the first overtime to give Wyoming a brief 27-20 lead.
While Sam Scott's rushing total doesn't jump off the page, his impact was more than felt in this one. The Nebraska native capped a 13-play, 76-yard drive to open the third quarter with a 16-yard touchdown run. The linebacker-turned-running back made one cut and cruised into the end zone untouched to tie the game at 17-17. Scott also put the nail in the Red Raiders' coffin, crossing the goal line on the game-winning two-point conversion.
That's how many fumbles the Cowboys handed to the visitors on their first four possessions. Jamari Ferrell coughed it up on the second drive of the night, which led to a quick-strike touchdown. DQ James also gave Tech a freebie, which was turned into a 54-yard field goal.
Wyoming's first two drives also featured two false-start penalties, both coming on first down. Right tackle Caden Barnett, making just his second-career start, jumped on the opening snap of the night. On the ensuing drive, tight end Nick Miles flinched, drawing a whistle.
That's how many points Texas Tech's air-raid attack put on the board early in the first quarter, taking just 3:55 off the game clock.
Tyler Shough started this game 6-for-6 through the air for 91 yards and a pair of touchdown strikes. He hit Myles Price on a 33-yard toss to open the scoring and lofted a 19-yard pass into the end zone that was pulled down by former walk-on Jayden York on the second drive of the night. Shough, the sixth-year transfer from Oregon, did have his struggles down the stretch, including throwing a second-quarter interception from the far hash to Wyoming nickelback Wrook Brown. Shough finished with 388 yards through the air and connected on three touchdown passes in the loss. He also rushed for 36 yards on 15 attempts.
That's how many different Tech receivers caught a ball Saturday night. Jerand Bradley led the way with eight grabs for 88 yards and a touchdown. Price pulled down six catches for 65 yards and a score. Drae McCray, the transfer from Austin Peay, hauled in five balls for 42 yards in his debut.
That's how many different Wyoming players caught a pass in this one, including a team-best five from Gyllenborg, who finished with 37 yards receiving, 11 of which came on a touchdown grab in the second overtime. Tight ends Treyton Welch (3) and Gyllenborg accounted for eight grabs for 68 yards and a score. Only three wide receivers -- Wyatt Wieland, Ryan Marquez and Ayir Asante -- finished with a catch. Even fullback Caleb Driskill got involved, snagging a four-yard touchdown pass in the second quarter.
That's how many yards per carry Texas Tech averaged Saturday night, rolling up just 93 yards on the ground on 33 attempts. Tahj Brooks led the Red Raiders in rushing with 39 yards and a touchdown on 11 carries.
That's how many unanswered points the Cowboys scored after Texas Tech went up 17-0 in the first quarter. Wyoming held the Red Raiders off the scoreboard from the 4:02 mark of the first until there was just 41 seconds remaining in regulation. The visitors' drive chart looked like this after a first-quarter field goal: Interception, punt, missed field goal, punt, missed field goal, missed field goal.
That's what Texas Tech's third-down conversion rate looked like when the dust settled. The Red Raiders started this one 1-for-9 in that category. Wyoming finished 6-of-15.
That's how many tackles Wyoming's outside linebacker Shae Suiaunoa tallied in the win over Tech. He also added a tackle for loss and a pass breakup.
That's how many pass breakups the Cowboys finished with in this one, including two from linebacker Easton Gibbs. Tech finished with just four.
That's the number of quarterback sacks Wyoming's offense allowed Saturday night. This line features two redshirt freshmen -- Wes King and Luke Sandy -- along with other youngsters like Jack Walsh and Barnett. The Cowboys registered three sacks on defense, courtesy of DeVonne Harris, Braden Siders and Jaden Williams.
It was a rough night for Tech placekicker Gino Garcia. After drilling a 54-yarder in the first quarter, the senior missed his next three attempts. One was blocked when a low-trajectory kick hit UW defensive tackle Gavin Meyer in the facemask. A bad night could've been much worse for Garcia. Bohl attempted to "ice" him as he lined up for the game-tying kick with 41 seconds remaining in regulation. He went through with the kick after the whistle and missed wide right. He eventually hit the 27-yarder to force overtime.
Texas Tech featured one of the best red-zone defenses in the nation a season ago, allowing just 43 scores on 58 opportunities (27 touchdowns, 16 field goals). The Cowboys were perfect in this category Saturday night, scoring two touchdowns and tacking on a 31-yard Hoyland field goal.
That's how many penalties Tech was hit with in this one, not far off from its six per game average in 2022. That wasn't the alarming part for Joey McGuire's team. Four of those were personal fouls on his defense, including one that wiped a Bralyn Lux interception off the board. The visitors were hit with an illegal-hands-to-the-face flag. That was credited to Harvey Dyson III.
That is now Wyoming's record in season openers after the victory over Texas Tech. Bohl is now 8-2 overall during his career in Laramie.
That's how many Power-5 teams have fallen on the high plains since 2004: Ole Miss, Virginia, Missouri and now Texas Tech.
That is Wyoming's all-time record against the Red Raiders. The Pokes are now 2-0 against Tech in Laramie. The other two victories came in Lubbock in 1960 and a 21-14 win four years prior in the Sun Bowl.
Despite finishing 8-5 last season, Tech continues to have its share of troubles away from Lubbock. McGuire's squad won just once away from home in 2022, knocking off Iowa State 14-10 in Ames. The Red Raiders are now 1-5 on the road under McGuire.
Heading into Saturday night's showdown in Laramie, Shough was 8-0 as a starter at Tech in games in which he started and finished.
That's where Texas Tech ranked in the NCAA Coaches Poll. Wyoming hasn't knocked off a ranked opponent since 2016. That came against Mountain West foe San Diego State, also ranked 24th, in the regular-season finale. Josh Allen and Co. also beat No. 13 Boise State earlier in the season.
That's how many points Oregon put on the scoreboard Saturday in Eugene. Why is that significant? That was against Portland State, the Cowboys opponent next Saturday in Laramie. Kickoff is slated for 2 p.m. MST and the game will be streamed on the Mountain West Network. Texas Tech will host, you guessed it, Oregon.
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