Craig Bohl and his Wyoming Cowboys were finally able to put together 60 minutes of consistently efficient football this Saturday in their second home football game of the 2021 season. In the first ever meeting between the two schools, the Pokes made sure that they would begin this new all-time series on top.
The scoring for the Cowboys began early and it came often. The charge was led by both the Poke offense and defense in this one. The first half had no shortage of big plays, beginning with a quick field goal and a pick six by Junior LB Keyon Blankenbaker early in the 1st Quarter that put the Cowboys up 10-0. The domination continued into the 2nd Quarter, where Poke QB Sean Chambers would score a pair of touchdowns and extend the lead even further. With the addition of a touchdown on the ground for Dawaiian McNeely, as well as a dominating all-around performance on the defensive side of the ball from a number of Poke defenders, forcing turnovers and creating points themselves, the Cowboys would head into halftime pitching a shutout, 31-0.
And the Domination continued
The Pokes would refuse to slow any kind of momentum they had going into the second half. While the Pokes did not score in the 3rd Quarter and ended up omitting only 6 points to the Cardinals following a 1-yard touchdown run by RB Will Jones, for the first time this year they were able to show a good amount of resilience in that they did not let that score control the rest of the game. They owned the 4th Quarter and capped it off with a pick-six from none other than standout linebacker Chad Muma, putting the nail in the coffin and finishing their most complete game this year by a score of 45-12 over the Defending MAC Champion Ball State Cardinals.
The Pokes are now 11-1 in their last 12 home games at War Memorial Stadium.
So who stood out?
Everyone...however, I am going to do my best to limit this list to three and give some new names some love this week, because they deserve it.
QB Sean Chambers - Chambers was the ultimate game manager on Saturday. He made smart, collective decisions and limited his mistakes while being quite productive in the Red Zone. Chambers finished 14/23 for 201 yards with 1 passing and 1 rushing TD.
RB Dawaiian McNeely - McNeely joined in on the fun in the running back room on Saturday. He got in the End Zone on a resilient 16-yard touchdown run, and was efficient when given touches. McNeely had only 6 carries but went for 48 yards and 1 TD, averaging 8.0 yards per carry.
LB Easton Gibbs - Gibbs got in on the defensive fun on Saturday totaling 8 TOT, finishing 4 himself and recording 1 sack. He was the ultimate compliment to Muma all-day and the two made for a dangerous duo.