Twelve players made their University of Wyoming football debut in Saturday’s season opener against Missouri, including two starters.
And several had an impact in the Cowboys’ 37-31 victory over the Tigers in front of 26,037 at War Memorial Stadium.
Redshirt freshman free safety Rome Weber and redshirt freshman defensive tackle Mario Mora both started. Weber finished with seven tackles. Mora had two.
Senior graduate transfer running back Trey Smith scored on a 1-yard touchdown run in the third quarter to give UW a 34-17 lead. Smith finished with six carries for 16 yards.
True freshman running back Titus Swen had a nice UW debut with eight carries for 45 yards for an average of 5.6 yards per carry.
Redshirt freshman tight end Jackson Marcotte had one catch for 13 yards.
The Cowboys had a pair of 100-yard rushers with redshirt freshman quarterback Sean Chambers 12 carries for 120 yards, including a career-long 75-yard touchdown run. It was Chambers’ fifth start of his UW career, and fourth 100-yard rushing game.
Sophomore running back Xazavian Valladay had 15 carries for 118 yards, including a career-long 61-yard touchdown during UW’s 27-point second quarter.
It is the fifth time in the past six games going back to last season UW had two 100-yard rushers.
UW senior middle linebacker Logan Wilson had 13 tackles, and moved from 13th to 11th place on the school’s career tackles list with 329.
Rothe keeps rolling
Senior kicker Cooper Rothe was 3 for 3 on field goals in the game, and all were between 19 and 23 yards.
Rothe has made 34 of 37 field goals over last two-plus seasons.
“When you have Cooper Rothe you’ve got money right there,” sixth-year coach Craig Bohl said.
Bohl said he wasn’t aware of any significant injuries from the game, but said a lot of players suffered cramps as the game wore on.
Seven players saw time in their 40th game of their UW careers: Wilson, senior wide receiver Austin Conway, senior strong safety Alijah Halliburton, Rothe and senior fullback Jaylon Watson.
The family of UW football signee Naphtali Moimoi was at the game and honored between the first and second quarters.
Moimoi, 18, drowned this spring while boogie boarding near Half Moon Bay in California. Moimoi was from Hayward, California.
NFL scouts from the Carolina Panthers, Los Angeles Chargers, New Orleans Saints, Oakland Raiders and Philadelphia Eagles were at the game.
Hall of Famers honored
UW’s 2019 class for its Intercollegiate Atheltics Hall of Fame was honored at halftime, and inducted Friday night.
The class included: Andrea Everett (track and field), Wes Gasner (wrestling), Jay Martin (skiing), Mack Peyton (basketball and baseball), Larry Zowada (football) and the 1966-67 men’s basketball team.
UW is 78-43-1 all-time in season-opening games, and 58-18-1 at home. Against nonconference opponents at home, the Cowboys are 49-11-1. … UW is 1-1 all-time against Missouri, and 4-10 against current members of the SEC. … This is the 70th season of games at War Memorial Stadium. … Saturday was the 200th game as a head coach for Bohl. His career record as a head coach is 133-67 and 29-35 at UW.