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Aztecs Edge Cowboys in Exciting Game

Wyoming 22, San Diego State 26

NCAA Football: Wyoming at San Diego State
The Aztecs won a back-and-forth game at home over the Cowboys last night.
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Quick Take

A good game. Wyoming was up 14-3 at one point in the 2nd quarter. San Diego State responded and was up 19-14 going into the 4th quarter. Wyoming took the lead on a TD with 6:49 to go, but San Diego State responded with a super-clutch TD drive of their own to regain the lead. Wyoming could not repsond as the Aztecs would get an interception and run out the clock for the win.

The Recap

The first quarter proved to be the defensive struggle that was expected between these two teams. San Diego State got a 47 yard field goal late in the quarter to take a 3-0 lead.

In the 2nd quarter, Wyoming settled in (a pattern this season). Buoyed by a long run from Valladay and a long pass play to Gentry, the Cowboys went down the field for a TD.

The Aztecs would three-and-out. Wyoming would respond with another TD drive, giving the Cowboys a 14-3 lead.

The Aztecs responded with a nice drive that would end in a field goal, making the game 14-6 at the half.

To start the 2nd half, the Cowboys immediately went three-and-out. The Aztecs built on their previous drive before the half, by driving down the field again. This time for a TD.

Wyoming would three-and-out again, and San Diego State would drive down the field again, converting on a huge 4th and 3 from the Wyoming 35.

The very next play gave the Aztecs the lead.

From here, the teams exchanged punts. Wyoming would fumble on their punt return though, giving the Aztecs great field position at the Wyoming 25.

Luckily, the Cowboy defense would hold, forcing a field goal attempt on 4th down. The Aztecs would miss the 38 yard field goal, and Wyoming avoided following further behind.

The Cowboy offense responded by driving down the field for a TD to retake the lead.

The Aztecs responded with their own clutch drive. In a game that seemed likely to be a defensive contest, both offenses put together big 4th quarter TD drives. The drive from the Aztecs would prove to be the winning one.

Wyoming got the ball and managed to convert on a 4th and 10 at one point. However, this interception ended the drive, and the Cowboys hopes at a second 4th quarter TD drive.

The Aztecs would manage a first down to run out the clock.

Wyoming 22, San Diego State 26.

Final Thoughts

A really good game. As a Wyoming fan, I was disappointed that the Cowboys lost. Still, it was a very entertaining game as a football fan. As I’d anticipated, these teams are pretty evenly matched. Credit to the Aztecs. Their offense made some clutch plays to come back twice in the 2nd half. They look like a good football team.

Also, I’ve enjoyed these San Diego State games, going back to 2016. Some really good games. Hopefully, next year in Laramie will be another good one.

For Wyoming, head back to Laramie and prepare to host New Mexico next Saturday. At 4-2, Wyoming still looks like a solid team that can finish the season with a winning record and a bowl game. Just need to be ready to rebound next week against the Lobos.