NOTE: The following is an article courtesy of University of Wyoming Athletics.
LARAMIE, Wyo. — From their first possession of Friday night’s game, the Wyoming Cowboys showed they were determined to play their best football of the season and they did just that, winning their third straight game by capturing a 17–14 win over the previously unbeaten Air Force Falcons.
With the victory, Wyoming finds itself holding the best record in the Mountain West at 3–1 overall and 1–0 in league play.
The Cowboy offense outgained the Falcons on both the ground and through the air on Friday night. Wyoming accounted for 180 rushing yards to Air Force’s 171. The Cowboys threw for 162 yards to Air Force’s 101. Wyoming also converted 6 of 11 third-down attempts and won the all-important time of possession battle when playing the Falcons, holding the ball for 30 minutes and 34 seconds to Air Force’s 29 minutes and 26 seconds.
Facing an Air Force rushing attack that entered the game ranked No. 1 in the nation, averaging 508.5 yards per game, the Cowboy defense held the Falcons to 171 rushing yards, 337.5 yards under their average.
“Great team win,” said Wyoming head coach Craig Bohl. “We’ve always had very competitive games against Air Force. I felt like this was Air Force’s best football team since I’ve been our head coach.
“Our guys had a great week of practice. We are an emerging football team. We are a young football team in a lot of spots, and a lot of those guys are growing up fast. I really think our coaching staff did a great job composing a game plan and the players went out and executed it.
“We beat a really good football team tonight. It took a lot. Guys are in there yelling, ‘Powder River, Let ‘er Buck.’ They have embraced the state of Wyoming. I hope the state of Wyoming is proud of those guys.
“This team [Air Force] was scary coming in here. Air Force has good players, and at halftime we flipped the script on them. We had [the advantage in] time of possession. We had run more plays, and I felt pretty good about that.
“It was a heck of a win for us.”
There were plenty of individual accolades to pass around for the Pokes. Middle linebacker and defensive captain Easton Gibbs did not start the game after suffering with flu-like symptoms Thursday night and into Friday. Although he didn’t start the game, he came in early in the first quarter and ended the day with six tackles and a tackle for a loss.
His fellow defensive captain, nose tackle Cole Godbout, led all players in the game with nine tackles, had a tackle for loss and two quarterback hurries. Redshirt freshman defensive end Braden Siders had the best game of his young career with six tackles, and defensive tackle Jordan Bertagnole also made six tackles. Redshirt freshman linebacker Read Sunn, who started in place of Gibbs, contributed four tackles against the Falcons.