Behind the numbers: Wyoming vs. Utah State
LOGAN, Utah -- For the fifth time in six seasons, Wyoming is eligible for postseason play. A dominant 44-17 win over Utah State Saturday night accomplished that feat.
Does that guarantee a bowl invite? Nope. But it's a step in the right direction.
The Cowboys can pad their resume with a victory over Hawaii in the regular season finale next Saturday inside War Memorial Stadium.
Before we move on to the 'Bows, let's dig a little deeper into the Pokes complete-game performance in Logan:
That's the most points Wyoming has scored in a conference game this season. It's not the Cowboys highest offensive output, that was a 50-point outing at Northern Illinois. They also scored 45 points in a win over Ball State.
That's the number of yards the Cowboys rolled up in the victory over the Aggies. That is a season high.
That's how many rushing yards Titus Swen racked up against the Aggie Saturday night. That's a career high for the redshirt sophomore from Fort Worth, Texas. And he did all that damage on just 15 carries. That is the third 100-yard rushing day for Swen since he's been at UW.
Swen broke through the middle of the Utah State defense for a school record 98-yard touchdown run in the third quarter of this road win. He also added a 43-yarder. Nate Scott previously held the record after scoring from 95 yards out in a victory over Central Michigan back in 2000.
That's how many 100-yard rushing games Xazavian Valladay now has after gashing the Aggies for 145 on 21 carries. That's the junior's fourth time eclipsing the century mark this season.
That's the average yards per carry Saturday night for Wyoming running backs.
That's the number of times Wyoming has had two rushers go over 100 yards on the ground in the same game this year. The first time was two weeks ago in a 31-17 win over Border War rival Colorado State. Swen went for 166 and Levi Williams had 116.
That's Williams' completion percentage against USU after completing 12-of-15 throws for 242 yards and two touchdowns. The redshirt freshman quarterback now has two wins in his four starts this season.
That's the number of touchdown passes Isaiah Neyor has hauled in this season. The redshirt freshman opened the scoring Saturday night, snagging a 40-yard touchdown pass from Williams in the first quarter. Those two have now connected on six scoring strikes over the last four games. Neyor also has a rushing touchdown in that time frame.
Neyor wasn't doing all the heavy lifting for this UW receiving corps in Logan. Joshua Cobbs caught a career-best six passes for 76 yards. He also pulled in his first touchdown pass in a UW uniform. That came from 17 yards out in second quarter. Cobbs is the first Cowboy wide out to catch a touchdown this season not named Neyor.
That's the second-lowest offensive output of the season for Utah State. Boise State held the Aggies to just a field goal back on Sept. 25 in Logan.
That's the number of tackles Saturday night by UW linebacker Chad Muma, just one shy of tying his best-career outing. That gives the junior from Lone Tree, Colo., 120 tackles on the season. He has reached double digits in every game this season aside from the UConn game.
Wyoming finally won the turnover battle, something they haven't done since Week 3. Isaac White pulled down the first interception of his Wyoming career late in the fourth. The Cowboys also jumped on two fumbles, including one by CJ Coldon on a botched field-goal snap early in the second half.
That's the number of yards Cam Stone raced down the field for in a kick return for a touchdown in the first quarter. UW hasn't had a kick returned for a score since 2017. Tyler Hall did that. It was a 95-yarder in a win over Texas State. That was also the second-longest return in school history. In 1948, Sonny Hill took one to the house from 100 yards out against Colorado College.
John Hoyland was true on all three of his field-goal attempts Saturday night. He nailed kicks from 28, 36 and 24 yards.
That's how many passes Cole Godbout batted down in the win.
That's how many yards Utah State quarterback Logan Bonner threw for against Wyoming. He averaged 315 per game coming in.
In his last six games, Deven Thompkins has averaged 155 receiving yards per outing. Against the Cowboys and their fourth-ranked pass defense, the Biletnikoff semifinalist caught just five passes for 67 yards, 41 of which came on one touchdown throw.
That's the number of sacks Wyoming's offensive line allowed Saturday night.
That's now the number of wins the Cowboys have over the Aggies in this series that dates back to 1903. Utah State still leads 40-27-4.
That's how long the Cowboys held onto the ball in Logan compared to just 25:59 for the home team. Wyoming ran 64 offensive pays. Utah State, 73.
That's how many passes Bonner completed on 40 attempts.
That's how many yards per pass the Aggies averaged, compared to 16.1 for the Pokes.
That's how many fans were on hand Saturday night inside Maverik Stadium to watch the Cowboys upset their rivals to the west.
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