LARAMIE â For all their struggles during regulation â dropped passes, untimely penalties, a substantial time-of-possession deficit â the Wyoming Cowboys ended last week on a high.
On the first play of overtime, Wyoming scored on a 25-yard touchdown pass from Josh Allen to James Price. Then, shortly before Saturday became Sunday, Garrett Crall tipped the ball, and the win, into the hands of Cassh Maluia.
The Cowboys now have a chance to end their week, their non-conference schedule, the month of September and a four-game home stand on a high. Wyoming (2-2) hosts Texas State (1-3) at 2 p.m. Saturday (Facebook) as a significant favorite to bring its non-conference record back to .500.
The Cowboys won the non-conference game they were supposed to, defeating Gardner-Webb of the Football Championship Subdivision, and lost the non-conference games in which they were underdogs, falling by a combined 73-16 to Power Five teams Iowa and Oregon.
Texas State, which finished dead last in the Sun Belt last season, has not beaten a Football Bowl Subdivision team in over a calendar year. Getting such a team at home provides Wyoming with an opportunity to match last yearâs non-conference mark of 2-2. Unlike last year, however, Wyoming had a Mountain West game, that 28-21 defeat of Hawaii, on the slate before finishing non-conference play.
âI think itâll be a little different,â quarterback Josh Allen said. âSomething I havenât experienced. Obviously, this game doesnât have any implications on the Mountain West and what weâre trying to accomplish with that, but itâs an opportunity to go out there and get better and to beat a good Texas State team.â
Allen could do wonders for the Wyoming fan baseâs confidence, if not his own, with a strong personal performance before the Cowboys head…