A low-scoring game where Wyoming controlled the momentum throughout. A pretty clean (one turnover by New Mexico) and quick game in which the Cowboys never trailed.
Not much first half action.
Wyoming had a solid drive after receiving the opening kickoff. However, the drive stalled at the New Mexico 44, so the Cowboys punted. After exchanging a couple more punts, New Mexico would turn the ball over and set Wyoming up with good field position.
Cowboys turnover!— Wyoming Cowboy Football (@wyo_football) October 19, 2019
Recovered by Esaias Gandy at the New Mexico 36. #OneWyoming #GoWyo pic.twitter.com/lqpx7PcrFi
Four plays later, the Cowboys capitalized with a TD to take the first lead of the game.
First TD of the game! @seanmat10 walks into the end zone for 6⃣#OneWyoming #GoWyo #RideForTheBrand pic.twitter.com/WjMGGyYjXs— Wyoming Cowboy Football (@wyo_football) October 19, 2019
From there, the first half would finish uneventfully with 3 punts and a missed Wyoming field goal.
To start the 2nd half, New Mexico came out and put together a decent little drive. However, the Cowboys would stuff the Lobos on 4th and 3 from the Wyoming 29.
1st possession of the 2nd half for New Mexico.— Wyoming Cowboy Football (@wyo_football) October 19, 2019
Stuffed on 4th down by the Cowboys #OneWyoming #GoWyo #RideForTheBrand pic.twitter.com/hne8ENllZL
The Cowboys took possession and would kill any Lobos momentum by immediately driving down the field for another TD.
.@Xfactor4_ to the House!— Wyoming Cowboy Football (@wyo_football) October 19, 2019
Cowboys up a couple possessions! #OneWyoming #GoWyo #RideForTheBrand pic.twitter.com/OO66gEAVRJ
After Wyoming missed the PAT, the teams exchanged punts. New Mexico got the ball and put together another solid drive. With the first play of the 4th quarter, the Lobos would finally get on the board with a 25 yard field goal.
Wyoming would immediately respond, putting together their 3rd TD drive of the game.
Wide open!— Wyoming Cowboy Football (@wyo_football) October 19, 2019
Chambers ➡️ Harshman for the TD! #OneWyoming #GoWyo #RideForTheBrand pic.twitter.com/xVzHKlw1gi
New Mexico would march down the field for their first TD of the game. It appeared the Cowboys had stopped the Lobos again, but New Mexico went for it on 4th and 15 and came up with a 21 yard score through the air to keep some slim hopes alive.
Q4 | Tuioti hits Aaron Molina for a 21-yard TD on fourth-and-15. It's 20-10 Wyoming with 6:31 to go #GoLobos pic.twitter.com/sfHUuSN2Gr— New Mexico Football (@UNMLoboFB) October 19, 2019
With 6:31 left in the game, Wyoming got the ball and ran off much of the remainder of the clock. After New Mexico stopped Wyoming in the red zone, Cooper Rothe kicked a 36 yard field goal with 58 seconds remaining to extend the Cowboys lead.
New Mexico would drive all the way to the Wyoming 17 before time would run out on the Lobos.
New Mexico 10, Wyoming 23
It went sort of how I expected. New Mexico put together a good effort and did not beat themselves with turnovers. Still, Wyoming controlled the game on the ground with both Chambers and Valladay rushing for over 100 yards and a TD.
Up next is Nevada. Wyoming needs to get ready to play the Wolf Pack next Saturday in another home game and try to get a 6th win to get to bowl eligible. Though the Cowboys should know that will not necessarily be enough after missing out on a bowl game last season at 6-6. Sitting at 5-2, the Cowboys should be shooting to finish 2-3 (at a minimum) to finish the season with a winning record and a bowl game. Of course, much more could be possible if Wyoming keeps winning. Bottom line, the Cowboys need to keep playing week-to-week and get ready to play a Nevada team next week that will be much more of a challenge than New Mexico.