Cowboy football comes up short in Boise

The University of Wyoming Cowboys were unable to build on the momentum from winning the Border War last week as they lost on the blue turf of Boise State late Friday. (Photo courtesy of University of Wyoming athletics)

By Tim Harkins, University of Wyoming athletics

The University of Wyoming football team traveled to Boise, Idaho, for a Friday night meeting against the Boise State Broncos and the game followed a similar script as Wyoming’s recent appearances in Albertsons Stadium as the game was another close one. A late interception by Boise State helped the Broncos secure a 23-13 home victory.
Wyoming was moving the ball midway through the fourth quarter and was trailing only 13-7 at the time when a tipped pass was intercepted by Boise State’s Demitri Washington, who returned it 37-yards down the sideline to the Wyoming 13-yard line. Two plays later, Bronco running back Andrew Van Buren carried it in from the 12 yards out to give Boise State a 20-7 lead with 7:39 remaining in the game.
Boise State would add a field goal with 59 seconds left in the contest, while the Cowboys scored a final TD on a 74-yard pass and run from Wyoming quarterback Levi Williams to wide receiver Isaiah Neyor with four seconds remaining in the game to make the final 23-13.
The Cowboy defense played outstanding all night, forcing the Broncos into two field goals in the second and third quarter to keep the Pokes within striking distance at 13-7.  Cowboy linebackers Chad Muma and Easton Gibbs led the way with 14 and 12 tackles each.
Offensively, running back Xazavian Valladay became only the second Cowboy to surpass 3,000 career rushing yards. Valladay now has rushed for 3,008 yards in his career.  The only other Poke to accomplish that was Brian Hill
Wyoming is now 5-5 on the season and 1-5 in the Mountain West Conference.  Boise State improved to 6-4 and 4-2 in conference play.
Next Up for the Cowboys
Wyoming will travel to Logan, Utah, next Saturday, Nov. 20 to play the Utah State Aggies.  That game will kick off at 6 p.m., Mountain Time and will be televised by CBS Sports Network.