The Wyoming Cowboys retain the Bronze Shoe in Border War victory over Colorado

The Wyoming Cowboys (7-3 overall, 5-1 MW) rebounded from a 10-point deficit to defeat the Colorado State Rams (2-8, 2-4 MW) Saturday night in Canvas 14-13 at Fort Stadium Collins, Colo. It was the Cowboys’ fifth comeback win this season. Backup quarterback Jayden Clemons connected with wide receiver Alex Brown on a 32-yard touchdown in the fourth that turned out to be a winning point as Wyoming won the Bronze Boot for the 45th time.

“We certainly dug a hole in the beginning, but the effort was great and it was great to put a young team on the road and keep believing in it,” said UW coach Craig Bohl. “It was a very physical game tonight and I’m sure Colorado State feels the same way. This is considered to be one of the classic Wyoming vs. Colorado State rivalry games. We did a good job attacking in the second half to reach the second level through the runs. The quarterback run game was good for us tonight as well. But we will enjoy the night and prepare for Boise State tomorrow.”

Wyoming allowed just six points defensively, with the Rams recording 372 yards of offense with 251 yards through the air and 121 yards on the ground. Offensively, Wyoming had a total of 236 yards of offense, rushing for 142 yards and passing for 94 yards. The Cowboys defense has five sacks and now has 18 sacks in their last four games.

Clemons finished the game 7-11 passing 90 yards on a touchdown and added 32 yards on the ground with a touchdown. He came into play in the second quarter and led the Pokes to their first result. Running back Titus Swen ran 73 yards to lead the team. Tight end Parker Christensen added four catches for 32 yards to lead the team.

“Clemons certainly played well tonight,” said Bohl. “He didn’t get a lot of reps but he learned well and made some big plays and his pass to Alex Brown was certainly huge.”

The Cowboys defense was led by Easton Gibbs with 12 tackles that night. He also added a sack and two tackles for the loss. Safety Isaac White added eight tackles, linebacker Shae Suiaunoa added seven, along with a career-best seven from nose tackle Gavin Meyer. Defensive tackle Jordan Bertagnole added six tackles and two sacks that were high in his career.

The Rams were led offensively by Horton with eight catches for 168 yards. Millen threw 251 yards on the 18-26 pass. Running back Avery Morrow ran for 104 yards on 22 carries. Linebacker Dequan Jackson led the defense with 13 tackles.

The Cowboys return with Boise State at 5 p.m. Saturday at War Memorial Stadium.