Timeline

1. Boise State methodically drove down the field on its first drive of the night, chewing up more than 7 minutes of clock and going 3 for 3 on third down while picking up 92 yards. Redshirt sophomore quarterback Chase Cord, starting in place of an injured Hank Bachmeier, was 6 for 6 for 66 yards on the drive and found receiver Akilian Butler wide open in the end zone on third down.

2. On third-and-1 at the 3-yard line with just under 5 minutes left in the first half, UW redshirt sophomore quarterback Tyler Vander Waal called his own number on a keeper, following a blocker to score untouched. Cooper Rothe then hit a 39-yard field goal just before half time to give Wyoming a 10-7 lead.

3. Cord found receiver John Hightower deep down the sideline for 43 yards. A pass interference in the end zone by Alijah Haliburton set up the Broncos inside the 10-yard line. A George Holani fumble inside the 10-yard line was overturned, and Boise State’s Eric Sachse hit a 40-yard field goal to tie the game.

4. Following a fumble from Holani in the third quarter, Valladay ran untouched up the middle for a 21-yard touchdown run to give the Pokes the lead.

5. Boise State’s Khalil Shakir scored on a 5-yard run with 5:37 in regulation to tie the game at 17.

6. In overtime, Boise State’s Eric Sachse hit a 28-yard field goal to give the Broncos their first lead since the first quarter. Wyoming’s Cooper Rothe missed a 37-yard try that would have sent the game to a second overtime.

Turning point

With a chance to potentially kick a game-winning field goal in regulation with another first down, Wyoming’s Xazavian Valladay was stopped on fourth-and-1 at the Boise State 39-yard line with 31 second remaining in the fourth quarter. The Cowboys had grinded out a 5:06 drive before coming up short.

Stats within the stats

Boise State, which averaged nearly 34 points per game heading into the contest, scored just 20 points Saturday, its second-lowest total of the season. Wyoming also held the Broncos to 285 total yards, which was their lowest total in 2019.

Wyoming, which entered the game averaging nearly 240 yards rushing per game on 5.35 yards per carry, was held to 123 rushing yards on just 2.8 yards per carry. Valladay carried the ball a season-high 37 times.

In his first start in nearly a year, Vander Waal went 15 of 23 for 160 yards. Redshirt senior tight end Josh Harshman led all Wyoming receivers with 48 yards.

Michael Katz is a writer for WyoSports. He can be reached at mkatz@wyosports.net or 307-755-3325. Follow him on Twitter at @MichaelLKatz.

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