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7:15 PM PT8:15 PM MT9:15 PM CT10:15 PM ET2:15 AM GMT10:15 AM 北京时间7:15 PM MST9:15 PM EST, Sep. 24, 2022
LaVell Edwards Stadium, Provo, Utah  Attendance: 60,092

Confident Wyoming ready for challenge against No. 19 BYU

Wyoming Cowboys at BYU Cougars

  1. Former conference rivals in the Mountain West, WAC, Mountain States Conference and the Rocky Mountain Conference, BYU and Wyoming are meeting for the 79th time. The Cougars lead the all-time series, 45-30-3, and have won eight straight, the largest win streak for either team in the series.
  2. BYU lost, 41-20, at Oregon, the most points allowed in a road game for the Cougars since losing, 55-30, at Boise State in 2014. Over the last three seasons, BYU is 0-3 when scoring 20 or fewer points and 23-2 when scoring more than 20.
  3. Against Oregon, Jaren Hall threw for 305 yards while also having a reception. Hall is the only FBS player this season to have at least 300 passing yards and a catch in the same game and joins Zach Wilson as the only BYU players to do so in the last 15 seasons.
  4. Isaac Rex scored his 16th receiving touchdown of his BYU career on Saturday. Rex is tied with Utah's Brant Kuithe for most career TD catches among active FBS tight ends.
  5. Wyoming held the leading rushing team in FBS (Air Force) to 171 yards and 14 points in a 17-14 home win. The Cowboys allowed 10 points to Northern Colorado the week before and are looking to yield 14 points or fewer in three straight games for the first time since 2017.

Wyoming coach Craig Bohl described his squad as an "emerging football team" after the Cowboys upset Air Force 17-14 on Sept. 16 in their Mountain West Conference opener.

Beating old rival BYU on Saturday night in Provo, Utah, would not only lend credence to Bohl's thoughts but also give the 19th-ranked Cougars consecutive losses.

It will be the second time the programs have met since BYU left the Mountain West 11 years ago to go the independent route.

The Cougars (2-1) were ranked No. 12 after an overtime win against then-No. 9 Baylor on Sept. 10, but they had no answer for Oregon last week in a 41-20 rout that wasn't too close. The Ducks established a 38-7 third-quarter lead in Eugene, Ore., and never looked back.

"I didn't have this team ready, so that's on me," BYU coach Kalani Sitake said. "We've got to figure out how to start better and faster. It seemed like we just dug ourselves too much of a hole to climb out."

The same Oregon team that got manhandled 49-3 to start the year against then-No. 3 Georgia rattled off scores on its first six possessions against BYU, bagging five touchdowns and mixing in a field goal.

The Ducks gained 439 yards, splitting them almost equally between running (212) and passing (227). Meanwhile, BYU rushed for 61 yards, abandoning the running game as the margin grew larger.

Cougars quarterback Jaren Hall threw for 305 yards and two touchdowns, although most of those totals came with the game long decided. Hall was more concerned with the inability to convert a fourth down on the Cougars' initial possession, leading to Oregon's first score.

"You hate to give up opportunities on fourth down. It's a turnover," Hall said. "It's just as devastating as throwing an interception or fumbling the ball to us. We rely a lot on converting fourth downs to give our defense a break."

Wyoming's game plan figures to be a simple one: Turn Titus Swen loose at the BYU front seven. Swen supplied 102 rushing yards and the game-winning score in the win over Air Force, running through three defenders for a 5-yard touchdown with 6:06 left.

Equally as impressive was the Cowboys' response after forcing a punt from the Falcons' vaunted triple-option attack: They chewed up the game's final five minutes, earning three first downs and improving to 3-1. Wyoming's lone setback was a season-opening 38-6 loss at Illinois.

"We are a young football team in a lot of spots and a lot of those guys are growing up fast," Bohl said. "I really think our coaching staff did a great job composing a game plan and the players went out and executed it."

Swen has 316 rushing yards and four touchdowns through four games, while quarterback Andrew Peasley bounced back from a 5-of-20, 30-yard effort at Illinois to hit 57 of 83 attempts for 562 yards over the past three games.

The Cougars own a 45-30-3 lead in the series, including a 24-21 victory in the 2016 Poinsettia Bowl.

--Field Level Media

Updated September 21, 2022

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