This Saturday Wyoming Football’s 2018 win over Colorado State will be featured on the Cowboy Sports Network Cowboy Classics. On Oct. 26, 2018, the Wyoming Cowboys traveled to Fort Collins, Colo., to play the 110th edition of the “Border War” versus the Rams. It was the first time the two teams faced each other in CSU’s new Canvas Stadium and the Cowboys would come away with a 34-21 victory.
Cowboy football fans can re-live the 2018 win over Colorado State this Saturday, Nov. 21 at 1 p.m., M.T. when the radio call of the game will be re-broadcast on Cowboy Sports Network affiliate stations. Fans unable to access the radio re-broadcasts on a Cowboy Sports Network affiliate may listen to the broadcast by clicking on the link that accompanies this story on the Wyoming Football page at GoWyo.com.
A pair of turnovers recorded by the Wyoming defense that turned into scores, along with a timely interception late in the game helped secure the 2018 win for the Pokes. It marked the Cowboys’ third-straight win over the rival Rams.
The Cowboys were led by a pair of 100-yard rushers in running back Nico Evans and quarterback Sean Chambers. Evans recorded 176 yards on a career-high 28 carries to lead all players, while in his first career start Chambers added a then career-high 101 yards on 22 attempts. Evans and Chambers each reached the 100-yard mark for their second-straight game.
Chambers was efficient in the passing game as well, making the most of his 10 attempts with seven completions for 116 yards and two touchdowns—the first two touchdown passes of his career.
The Cowboys’ 407 yards of total offense were the most since the 2018 season-opener against New Mexico State, when UW generated 449 yards of total offense.
Defensively, Wyoming forced three turnovers with two leading to touchdowns from the Cowboy offense to help the Brown and Gold pull away during an electric third quarter in which it racked up 21 points. The Cowboys forced multiple turnovers for the fourth time during the 2018 season.
The Cowboys recorded 9.0 tackles for loss as a team, tying a season high set against Boise State. Wyoming also was credited with a season-best eight pass breakups, with eight different players recording one. Junior linebacker Logan Wilson had his fourth double-digit tackle game of the season and 11th of his career with 12 tackles. It was his third game in a row with double-digit tackles. Senior cornerback Antonio Hull had his first double-digit tackle game of the season and third of his career with a career-high-tying 10 tackles. Hull also intercepted his second pass of the season and the fifth of his career.
After a scoreless first quarter of play, Wyoming struck first on a 30-yard field goal by junior kicker Cooper Rothe with 11:27 left in the second frame. The Longmont, Colo. moved to a perfect 13-of-13 on the season. The Pokes’ drive covered 50 yards in 11 plays to set up the field goal. Chambers was the catalyst of the drive rushing for 24 of those yards.
Both defenses were effective the rest of the half. The Rams had a chance to tie the contest in the final seconds of the half, but kicker Wyatt Bryant missed a 53-yard attempt. The first half would end with the Pokes holding a 3-0 lead.
Wyoming outgained the Rams 134-131 yards in the first half. The UW defense held the Rams to -12 rushing yards in the opening frame, as CSU threw for 133 yards in the half.
The Cowboys took a 10-0 lead on the opening drive of the third quarter. Chambers found Evans on a 14-yard pass to cap a nine-play, 75-yard drive. Chambers and Evans combined for 33 rushing yards on the drive.
With 7:02 left in the third quarter, senior safety Marcus Epps came free on a safety blitz and hit Ram quarterback Collin Hill to force a fumble that was recovered by sophomore defensive tackle Ravontae Holt deep in Colorado State territory at the 25-yard line.
The turnover helped set up an eight-yard scramble by Chambers to make it a 17-0 game with 6:09 left in the third frame. Senior wide receiver James Price made a key catch for 13 yards to put the Pokes in position for the score.
Another turnover by the Rams, this time an interception by Cowboy linebacker Cassh Maluia with an assist on the break up by safety Andrew Wingard set up a 48-yard touchdown run by Evans to make it a 24-0 game. The turnovers were recorded on back-to-back plays for the Rams offensively, as the Pokes scored on back-to-back plays.
The Rams got on the board with 1:23 left in the third period on a 15-yard scamper by Marvin Kinsey, Jr. to make it a 24-7 game. Colorado State went 78 yards on 11 plays. Hill completed seven passes on the drive for 62 yards.
Wyoming stretched its lead back to 20 points, at 27-7, to open the fourth, as Rothe put through his second field goal of the night — a 45-yarder to cap off a nine-play, 47-yard drive in which Chambers, Evans and freshman running back Jevon Bigelow combined for eight rushes to pick up all 47 yards in the series.
The Rams would respond again in the fourth with a 10-yard touchdown run from Kinsey Jr., to cap off a quick seven-play drive that stretched 74 yards and took 1:34 off the clock. With the score, Colorado State cut the Wyoming advantage to 27-14.
Wyoming wouldn’t allow the Rams to celebrate for long after the score. Chambers found tight end Tyree Mayfield open down the field for a 43-yard touchdown pass. The play concluded a five-play, 65-yard drive that stretched the Cowboy lead back to 34-14 with 2:52 to go. The touchdown marked Mayfield’s second touchdown of the season and third of his career.
Colorado State was able to score on the following possession to cut the Cowboy advantage to 34-21. The Rams then forced a Wyoming punt shortly after, but an interception by Hull, who returned it to the Ram 40-yard line, ended any hopes for a Colorado State comeback. Wyoming was able to run out the remainder of the 3:18 left on the clock and secure the victory.
This Saturday’s re-broadcast will feature a pre-game segment with the Cowboy Sports Network’s radio broadcast team of Dave Walsh and Kevin McKinney reminiscing about the game followed by the original broadcast of the game and the original postgame interviews conducted the day of the game. Walsh and McKinney will also have some closing comments at the end of the broadcast.
Next week, the Wyoming Cowboys are scheduled to return to live action on Friday, Nov. 27 when they will travel to Las Vegas, Nev., to play the UNLV Rebels in a game slated to kick off at 2 p.m., M.T., from Las Vegas’ new Allegiant Stadium. That game will be broadcast live on the Cowboy Sports Network, beginning with the pregame show 90 minutes prior to kickoff.