Not much to the first half, so I’ll keep it short. Colorado State punted five times and missed a field goal. Wyoming punted four times and made a field goal. Besides the field goals, the other noteworthy play of the first half was a tackle-for-loss by Wyoming that drove Colorado State out of field goal range and forced the last Rams punt in the half.
With the Rams in Wyoming territory, @ljw21 takes them out of field-goal range with this tackle for loss late in the second quarter.— Wyoming Cowboy Football (@wyo_football) October 27, 2018
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Coming out in the 2nd half with a 3-0 lead and getting the ball, Wyoming took control of this game and never looked back. Wyoming marched down the field after the kickoff, scoring on the first passing TD of Sean Chambers career.
3Q - 11:08 | @_seeean with a DIME‼️— Wyoming Cowboy Football (@wyo_football) October 27, 2018
Chambers finds @NextUp_Nico from 14 yards out for his first-career touchdown pass to extend the Pokes' lead.
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After a couple of punts, the Wyoming defense came up with a big turnover.
.@M_Epps06 with the HUGE hit on a blitz off the edge to force a fumble, and @ravontae_holt recovers and the Pokes are in business deep in CSU territory!— Wyoming Cowboy Football (@wyo_football) October 27, 2018
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Three plays later, Chambers got another TD - this time on the ground.
3Q - 6:09 | Gifted a short field on a takeaway by the Pokes' D, @_seeean walks in from eight yards out to extend the Cowboy lead!— Wyoming Cowboy Football (@wyo_football) October 27, 2018
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After the ensuing kickoff, the Wyoming defense would force another turnover on the first play. Not to waste any time, the offense would score on their first play after the turnover.
Nico's TD run was set up by this ⬇️ tip-drill pick by @cassh7mula after @deweywingard batted a pass in the air.#BorderWar | #OneWyoming pic.twitter.com/piWW7NKov6— Wyoming Cowboy Football (@wyo_football) October 27, 2018
So, the score was 24 to 0, and Wyoming was controlling both sides of the ball. However, the Colorado State offense did come to life late. CSU would drive down the field for a TD. Wyoming would drive down for a field goal. Colorado State would drive down for another TD.
With the score now 27 to 14, Wyoming was in danger of letting CSU pull off a major comeback if the offense failed to eat clock and move the ball. However, this play action pass was pretty much the dagger that sealed things for Wyoming.
4Q - 7:39 | Rolling.@_seeean ➡️ @CharminToTheMax for 43 yards and a touchdown!— Wyoming Cowboy Football (@wyo_football) October 27, 2018
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The game would finish with another Colorado State touchdown, a Wyoming punt, another Colorado State interception, and Wyoming running out the clock.
And with that, Wyoming had won the Boot for the 3rd year in a row, 34 to 21.
The Boot is coming home with us! ✊#BorderWar | #RideForTheBrand pic.twitter.com/h9K1ozuyEv— Wyoming Cowboy Football (@wyo_football) October 27, 2018
Sean Chambers started, and the Wyoming offense responded with some life. The Cowboys rushing offense is really clicking. Wyoming out-rushed Colorado State, 291 yards to 20 yards. The Wyoming defense has played more inspired ball the past couple of weeks and won the turnover battle against CSU, 3 to 0.
If Wyoming keeps this up, the Cowboys have a chance to finish the season strong. Remaining games include home games against San Jose State and Air Force and New Mexico on the road.