Wyoming crowd

Fans cheer as the Wyoming Cowboys huddle up during Saturday's game at War Memorial Stadium in Laramie. SHANNON BRODERICK/Boomerang photographer

MVP: Nico Evans

Evans is the choice for the second straight week, but for different reasons. With Evans in the game, the UW offense moved the ball against Washington State with Evans rushing for 89 yards on 18 carries. When Evans left with a rib injury, so did the Cowboys’ offense.

Key Stat: 109

UW committed 13 penalties for 109 yards in the game. The Cowboys didn’t need to be clean in that department, but gave the Cougars way too many extra chances with the yellow flags.

Up next

UW is back on the road and heading to SEC country. The Cowboys travel to Columbia, Missouri, to take on Missouri at 5 p.m. at Faurot Field.

Game Summary

                                                1st   2nd   3rd  4th  Total

WASHINGTON STATE             10     3      7    14    41

WYOMING                                2    14      3     0     19

SCORING

1ST QUARTER

WSU—Blake Mazza 24 field goal, 9:57. Drive—9 plays, 68 yards, 5:03 elapsed. Key play—WSU QB Gardner Minshew hit Jamire Calvin for 36 yards while going 4-for-4 on the drive.

WSU—James Williams 2 pass from Minshew (Mazza kick), 3:28. Drive—10 plays, 63 yards, 4:14. Key play—A questionable roughing-the-passer penalty on the Cowboys gave the Cougars a first down to start the drive.

WYO—Safety, punter tackled in end zone by Jevon Bigelow, 1:35. Key play—The punt snap was high and over WSU punter Oscar Draguicevich’s head. Draguicevich was able to corral the loose ball in the end zone.

2ND QUARTER

WYO—Nico Evans 8 run (Cooper Rothe kick), 12:23. Drive—5 plays, 30 yards, 2:29. Key play—UW defensive end Garrett Crall forced the first turnover of the season for the defense with fumble recovery off a shovel pass.

WSU—Mazza 41 field goal, 8:37. Drive—9 plays, 51 yards, 3:46. Key play—Minshew hit Williams for 31 yards on 3rd-and-8 to push the Cougars into UW territory.

WYO—Avante’ Cox 23 run (Rothe kick), 5:07. Drive—4 plays, 54 yards, 1:36. Key play—Antonio Hull’s interception of a Minshew pass set up UW near midfield.

THIRD QUARTER

WYO—Rothe 30 field goal, 8:48. Drive—13 plays, 62 yards, 6:12. Key play—UW QB Tyler Vander Waal connected with Raghib Ismail Jr. for 23 yards on a 3rd-and-21 play to move the ball to the WSU 31-yard line.

WSU—Max Borghi 6 pass from Minshew (Mazza kick), 3:51. Drive—10 plays, 75 yards, 4:57. Key play—WSU gambled on 4th-and-6 from the UW 40 and picked up the first down on a 9-yard pass.

FOURTH QUARTER

WSU—Easop Winston 7 pass from Minshew (Mazza kick), 10:55. Drive—4 plays, 48 yards, 1:34. Key play—Minshew found Dezmon Patmon for 29 yards to the UW 11 to set up the score.

WSU—Borghi 14 run (Mazza kick), 5:50. Drive—6 plays, 54 yards, 2:42. Key play—Washington State sacked Vander Waal to set WSU up in good field position.

WSU—Williams 3 run (Mazza kick), 0:44. Drive—12 plays, 62 yards, 4:12. Key play—The Cougars went for it twice on fourth down and made it both times, including a 4th-and-5 from the UW 28.

Team Statistics

                                                                      WSU      WYO

FIRST DOWNS                                                24           15

RUSHES-YARDS                                           21-75    39-139

PASSING YARDS                                           319          67

TOTAL YARDS                                               394         206

COMP-ATT-INT                                          38-57-1    8-20-1

3RD DOWN CONVERSIONS                      3 of 14    3 of 13

4TH DOWN CONVERSIONS                       3 of 4       0 of 0

FUMBLES-LOST                                            1-1          1-0

PENALTIES-YARDS                                   10-75      13-109

TIME OF POSSESSION                              31:38       28:22

TIME OF GAME: 3:48. ATTENDANCE: 24,131.

Individual Statistics

WASHINGTON STATE

RUSHING: James Williams 16-82, Max Borghi 1-14, Keith Harrington 2-5, Gardner Minshew 1-2.

PASSING: Minshew 38-57-1, 319 yds., 3 TDs.

RECEIVING: James Williams 10-53, Max Borghi 6-18, Jamire Calvin 6-82, Tay Martin 6-72, Dezon Patmon 4-49, Easop Winston 3-13, Kyle Sweet 2-22, Keith Harrington 2-5, Travell Harris 1-4.

TACKLES (solo-assist-total): Skyler Thomas 3-6-9, Domini Silvels 6-0-6, Darrien Molton 4-0-4, Jahad Woods 3-1-4, Hunter Dale 3-1-4, Peyton Pelluer 4-0-4, Nnamdi Oguayo 3-0-3, Jalen Thompson 2-1-0, Taylor Comfort 1-2-3, Marcus Strong 1-1-2, Dillon Sherman 1-1-2, Logan Tago 2-0-2, five players with 1.

TACKLES FOR LOSS: Silvels 2, Dale 1.5; Willie Taylor, Tago, Echeverria, Will Rodgers, Comfort 0.5.

SACKS: Silvels, Taylor, Rodgers.

INTERCEPTIONS: Strong.

WYOMING

RUSHING: Nico Evans 18-89, Jevon Bigelow 11-42, Avante’ Cox 1-23, Xazavian Valladay 4-15, Austin Conway 1-9, Tyler Vander Waal 4-(minus 39).

PASSING: Vander Waal 8-20-1 67 yds.

RECEIVING: Conway 3-18, James Price 2-23, Raghib Ismail Jr. 2-21, Avante’ Cox 1-5.

TACKLING (solo-assist-total): Logan Wilson 7-5-12, Marcus Epps 5-3-8, Chavez Pownell 4-3-7, Andrew Wingard 2-4-6, Ravonte Holt 2-4-6, Tyler Hall 3-2-5, Antonio Hull 1-3-4, C.J. Coldon 2-2-4, Youhanna Ghaifan 1-3-4, Garrett Crall 2-1-3, Keyon Blankenbaker 1-1-2, Tyree Mayfield 1-1-2, Alijah Halliburton 1-0-1, Ayden Pilapil 1-0-1, James Price 1-0-1, Sidney Malauulu 0-1-1.

TACKLES FOR LOSS: Crall 1.5; Wilson, Jevon Bigelow, Pownell, Ghaifan, Granderson 0.5.

SACKS: none.

INTERCEPTIONS: Hull.

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