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2016 Poinsettia Bowl: Wyoming falls to BYU in rivalry rematch

Despite some late-game heroics, first half miscues sink the Cowboys

NCAA Football: Poinsettia Bowl-Brigham Young vs Wyoming Orlando Ramirez-USA TODAY Sports

The rain fell the entire first half in San Diego, and it couldn’t have been more obvious.

In case you couldn’t tell by a complaining sideline reporter or from the televised game, all you need to do is watch this gif of punter Ethan Wood:

That right there was a video description of Wyoming’s first half.

This is how every Wyoming drive went during the rain-soaked first half: punt, punt, punt, fumble, punt, turnover on downs, punt.


Meanwhile, Wyoming’s defense allowed Jamaal Williams to run wild.

Luckily, they managed to keep the damage down, holding BYU to ten points.

The rain let up during halftime, and the Cowboys woke up.

Wyoming scored in the first drive of the half to come within a field goal of the Cougars. That drive featured two fourth down conversions.

During the second half, Wyoming’s drives were boom or bust. Three of their five drives ended in touchdowns, while the other two ended in interceptions from Josh Allen.

Unfortunately, the Cowboys dug too big of a hole for themselves. While threatening with less than two minutes left, Allen threw the game sealing interception. The Cougars win, 24-21.

Allen finished the night 17-32 for 207 yards, two touchdowns, and two interceptions. He also rushed seven times for 27 yards.

Tangent: my heart breaks for Josh. He’s got almost an entire year to sit on that last interception.

Brian Hill (in what could be his last game in the brown and gold) rushed 26 times for 93 yards and a touchdown.

Shaun Wick split carries with Hill, rushing 13 times for 55 yards.

Tanner Gentry performed admirably in his final game, catching seven passes for 113 yards and two touchdowns. I’d expect to see his name called in the later rounds of the draft in April.

The result of the game was disappointing, but the results of the season were not. Coach Bohl has changed the culture of Wyoming football in just three years. He’s looking to take this team on a path they haven’t been on since the late ‘90’s.

Long story short: this game sucked, but the 2016 Cowboys were pretty good.

See you next year.

Go Pokes.