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Wyoming vs. Nebraska recap: Cowboys challenge, but Huskers pull away for 52-17 win

The Pokes had chances, but mistakes doomed the upset bid.

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For three quarters, Wyoming went toe-to-toe with Nebraska at Memorial Stadium in Lincoln. Wyoming trailed by just one score heading into the games final 15 minutes.

And then it went south, quickly.

Wyoming redshirt sophomore quarterback Josh Allen got careless with the ball, and the Cornhuskers ran away with a 52-17 win.

Wyoming junior running back Brian Hill scored from a yard out late in the third quarter that pulled the Cowboys within seven at 24-17. Allen was seen on the Wyoming’s sideline pumped up and passing on some words of encouragement to his defense.

Both Allen and the defense couldn’t seize the momentum.

Allen threw three picks, including one was that ruled a lateral to Hill which led to a touchdown, as Nebraska tallied 28 unanswered points to make what was a back-and-forth affair appear like a blowout.

Nebraska senior quarterback Tommy Armstrong Jr. went 20 for 34 for 377 yards and three touchdowns. He also added a score on the ground, which opened the scoring with 6:12 to play in the first quarter.

Armstrong Jr. found senior wide receiver Alonzo Moore for a 65-yard hookup that staked the Cornhuskers a 17-0 lead late in the half.

Allen gave Wyoming some momentum heading into the break as he found senior wide receiver Tanner Gentry on 4th-and-12 from the 35-yard line to get the Pokes on the board at 17-7. Gentry pulled down seven receptions for 124 yards. No other Wyoming receiver logged more than 22 yards of receiving.

Hill, a preseason All-Mountain West selection, rushed for just 49 yards on 17 carries. No Cornhusker ran for more than 44 yards, however; as a team Nebraska ran for 138 yards.

Moore and senior wide receiver Jordan Westerkamp both logged 100-yard receiving games for Nebraska.

Allen completed just 16 of his 32 passes for 189 yards, a score and five interceptions.

He and the rest of the Cowboys (1-1) have a chance to lick their wounds next week as they play host to UC Davis.