The Wyoming Cowboys used big plays on both sides of the ball as they beat New Mexico 38-31 Saturday afternoon on homecoming in Laramie. With Wyoming leading the Lobos 31-24 in the 4th quarter, defensive back Jesse Sampson would intercept New Mexico quarterback Cole Gautsche near midfield. On the next play, Cowboys QB Brett Smith scampered 48 yards for his second rushing touchdown of the day, giving Wyoming a two TD lead and securing the win. On the interception, Sampson says it was a play needed to be made at that time.
In all, Wyoming forced three Lobos’ turnovers–a fumble recovery by linebacker Lucas Wacha and another by safety Marqueston Huff, to go along with Sampson’s pick–and turned them all into points.
The final two TD’s for Wyoming were on the ground by Smith, who rushed for 138 yards and also threw for 247 yards and a touchdown. Smith says that they expect to score every time they take the field, but in particular when the defense sets them up by forcing a turnover.
Smith wasn’t the only 100 yard rusher, as sophomore running back Shaun Wick redeemed himself from his last game, as Wick ran for 116 yards and two touchdowns. Wyoming junior wide receiver Dominic Rufran had six catches to lead the team. But it was receiver Jalen Claiborne who caught Smith’s lone TD passes.
Defensivley, the Pokes had six tackles for loss in the game, as Jordan Stanton led the way with 14 total tackles. Huff had ten in the win.
Wyoming improves to 4-2 on the season and stays unbeaten in Mountain West play at 2-0.