LARAMIE -- Which Wyoming players saw their stock rise in Saturday night's 37-34 overtime loss to Nevada inside Mackay Stadium?

We'll tell you right here:


Where did this guy come from?

With 2:38 left in the first quarter, No. 46 slowly jogged out to the field in Reno to attempt a 27-yard field goal. After scrambling for the roster, the guy with one red show on was indeed John Hoyland, a placekicker no one in the press box had ever heard of before.

We hadn't heard of him because Wyoming head coach Craig Bohl had never mentioned him. He missed most of camp going through COVID-19 protocols and last we'd all heard Luke Glassock was going to be the starting kicker.


Glassock pulled a groin and Hoyland was inserted. All he did was go a perfect 4-for-4 on field-goal attempts -- including a 42-yarder to force overtime and one from 38 in the extra frame -- and a perfect 2-for-2 on extra-point tries.

Those numbers equal being named the Mountain West Special Teams Player of the Week, which Hoyland was on Monday afternoon. Did we mention he's a freshman walk-on? Now, he's atop the depth chart.


Sophomore defensive tackle Cole Godbout tallied nine tackles, including two for loss inside Mackay Stadium Saturday night.

It wasn't his best statistical night, but the Wisconsin native was all over the joint.

Nevada rushed for just 76 yards in the game. If it wasn't for a 29-yard scamper from Davonte Lee and an 18-yard outburst from Avery Morrow, Wyoming allowed just 29 yards on 25 carries.

Godbout was a big reason for that.

He also played a lot.

Mario Mora and Claude Cole both opted out before the season because of the ongoing pandemic. They play the position Godbout does. He will be asked to carry a lot of the weight for this team in 2020.

He's off to a great start.



Well, if you're from Wyoming the name Jordan Bertagnole should ring a bell. He was a standout player at Natrona County High School in Casper.

That school has been mighty good to the Cowboys, huh?

As a senior, Bertagnole caught 38 passes for 608 yards and 12 touchdowns. He also racked up a pair of sacks and 13 tackles for loss.

Saturday night in Reno, the preferred walk-on finished with four tackles in his first college football game. Not only that, he also registered a sack, a tackle for loss and a fumble recovery.

As mentioned above, with the opt outs at the defensive tackle position, Wyoming needs guys to step up. Saturday, that guy was Bertagnole.


The redshirt freshman appeared in just one game for the Cowboys in 2019. He didn't make a catch. He wasn't even targeted.

That all changed Saturday night.

Isaiah Neyor skied over a pair of Nevada defenders to bring down his first collegiate catch late in the first quarter. It came from the right arm of Levi Williams, and 45 yards down field, Neyor cradled the pigskin. That led to the Cowboys first points of the contest.

Williams said Monday that it was Neyor's 34-yard grab late in the third that got the team going.

Bohl raved about Neyor throughout fall camp. He talked about how the 6-foot, 3-inch speedster out of Fort Worth was making contest catches and stretching the field.

Now you've seen it first hand.


No surprise here.

Victor Jones was the MVP of fall camp. Well, unofficially. Bohl talked about him during every media session.

He talked about the speed and strength coming from his defensive tackle. And, if you read anything above, you'd know that was a big concern for the staff, entering the 2020 campaign.

Instead, Jones was moved to the outside, filling in for Garrett Crall, who is still dealing with a lingering foot issue from offseason surgery.

Jones was in the Wolf Pack backfield all night long. He picked up seven tackles and two tackles for loss. He also had a big sack in the fourth, handing Nevada a three-and-out.

Jones will once again be at the defensive end spot when Hawaii comes to town Friday night.

Things could change once Crall gets back in the mix later in the season.

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