After a slow start today (Saturday) in Laramie, the Wyoming Cowboys scored 42 straight points in the second and the third quarters to dismantle Idaho 42-10 at War Memorial Stadium. The Pokes and Vandals went through the first 15 minutes of action scoreless, but that’s when the Cowboys woke up. A pair of rushing touchdowns from Brandon Miller and Tedder Easton got the scoring barrage going, and that was followed by four straight TD passes from Brett Smith. Three of those were to junior wide receiver Dominic Rufran, all in the third quarter, as Wyoming opened up a 42-0 lead.
Smith started slow for the Pokes, connecting on just one of his first ten passes, but caught fire quickly, finishing with 295 yards passing, going 22-38, and also adding 64 yards rushing. Smith, just a junior, moved into second all-time at Wyoming in TD passes, and fifth on the all-time passing yards list. Smith also moved past Casey Bramlet, as he is responsible for 72 touchdowns in 25 career games as a Cowboy. The Pokes also racked up 564 total yards, including 290 on the ground, led by Shaun Wick’s second straight 100 yard game, as he finished with 110 yards on 15 carries. True freshman Tanner Gentry caught six balls in the win, while senior Robert Herron caught five for 123 yards.
Defensively, Wyoming pitched a shutout until Idaho put three points on the board with just over six minutes left to play in the game. The Vandals would put up a late touchdown, but the party was already starting in Laramie. The Cowboys recorded seven sacks in the game, as Eddie Yarbrough had three and Sonny Puletasi had two sacks. Wyoming also forced a pair of fumbles in the win, as Yarbrough gobbled one of them up, while Lucas Wacha got the other. Those two led the Pokes in tackles, as Wacha had 11, Yarbrough finished with nine.
Wyoming improves to 1-1 on the year and will host Northern Colorado next Saturday in Laramie.