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Missouri 31, Wyoming 37

NCAA Football: Missouri at Wyoming
Wyoming beat an SEC team in Laramie to start the 2019 season.
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Quick Take

Wow, that was fun! It was a game of runs where the Cowboys came out on top at the end. Missouri outscored Wyoming 14 to 0 in the first quarter. Surprisingly, the Cowboys dominated the Tigers in the 2nd and 3rd quarters, outscoring Missouri 34 to 3. Missouri won the 4th quarter (14 to 3), but the Tigers came up short of pulling off a comeback.

The Recap

Wyoming did not start like a team that was going to pull of an upset. Rather, it looked like much of last season for the offense. Wyoming took the kickoff and went three-and-out. Missouri promptly went down the field for a TD. Wyoming took the ensuing kickoff and immediately went three-and-out. Again, Missouri drove down the field for a TD. Clearly, this game with Missouri was going to be similar to last season’s game. Except, things started to change.

After exchanging punts, Wyoming put together a little drive and kicked a field goal to get on the scoreboard. On the next possession for Missouri, this play happened, and the momentum of the game seemed to shift at this exact moment.

After the ensuing kickoff, Missouri would immediately three-and-out. Once Wyoming got the ball, the Cowboys scored again on just their 2nd play of that drive.

Wyoming had taken the lead, and the Cowboys would never trail again in this game.

In response, Missouri put together a very nice drive that would stall at the Wyoming 5. The Tigers would settle for a field goal to tie the game.

However, the Cowboy offense was suddenly a quick-strike one. As Sean Chambers would give Wyoming the lead again (this time permanently) on the first play of the next drive.

Missouri looked like they were going to answer the Wyoming score with one of their own before half, but the Wyoming defense made their second huge play of the game.

Wyoming had just enough time remaining in the half to kick a field goal, going into the half up 27 to 17. If you are looking for a play of the game, this play before the half was it. It was a 10-point swing.

To start the 2nd half, Missouri drove down the field, but Wyoming came up with another huge turnover to end the drive.

Following the turnover, the Cowboys put together a nice, sustained drive that Wyoming finished with a touchdown. Taking a 34 to 17 lead on Missouri.

After the teams exchanged a couple of punts, Missouri found themselves in great field position following a 43 yard punt return. Missouri would capitalize with a touchdown, trimming the Wyoming lead to 10.

After a couple more punts were exchanged, Wyoming would put together a drive that would come up short at the Missouri 3. The Cowboys would settle for a field goal.

Missouri immediately responded with a quick TD, shrinking the Cowboy lead to 6. I won’t lie. I was getting a little worried at this point.

Wyoming would manage a couple of first downs on their following drive, eating up some clock in the process. However, Missouri would force Wyoming to punt, and the Tigers got the ball one more time down by 6.

The Tigers would drive all the way down to the Wyoming 20. Josiah Hall came up huge on 2nd and 6 with a 6 yard sack of Kelly Bryant. On 3rd and 4th down, the Wyoming defense held as Kelly Bryant finished with a couple of incomplete passes.

Wyoming got the ball, took a knee, and finished with the win. Missouri 31, Wyoming 37.