University of Wyoming holds off Montana State to open the season 1-0
In the opening game of its college football season, the University of Wyoming welcomed the Montana State Bobcats to Laramie, and it took a late touchdown to come away with the victory.
LARAMIE, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) - A crowd of over 27,000 showed out to War Memorial Stadium in Laramie on Saturday, and those decked out in brown and gold left smiling.
The crowd was electric cheering on the Pokes in their season opening game against Montana State with the a brown and gold stripe-out in effect in the stands.
On the field, the Cowboys got off to a slow start. Quarterback Sean Chambers sailed a pass into the hands of Montana State Safety Jeffrey Manning, Jr. on the offense’s opening drive, which set up a Bobcats touchdown on the very next play. It gave Montana State its first lead of the afternoon.
Linebacker Chad Muma and the rest of the Cowboy defense were determined to keep Wyoming in the contest. Muma made several momentum swinging plays in the first half, including a sack on a 4th down try from the MSU offense and blocking a field goal to keep the score at 7-3 heading into halftime.
It wasn’t until the fourth quarter until the Wyoming offense found the end zone. Running Back Xazavian Valladay wormed his way into the end zone to give the Pokes a 9-7 lead, but Montana State would retake the lead twice and be leading the contest with 2:17 to play.
Sean Chambers kicked it into gear down 16-12, and he engineered a touchdown scoring drive capped off by a beautiful 21-yard pass into the outstretched arm of Tight End Treyton Welch to put the Pokes up 19-16 with 47 seconds left in the ballgame.
“I liked the matchup right there in the slot,” said Chambers during his postgame press conference. “Treyton’s been a guy. I’ve told you guys he’s a playmaker. I think he had a hand on his hip and only one hand free, and he still made a play. I knew I just had to give him a chance, and he made a play.”
The clock ran out on Bobcats, and the Pokes came out with the win.
After the game, University of Wyoming Head Coach Craig Bohl said, “I’m excited about the resolve and the belief that our football team has. I’m not completely happy with some aspects of our performance. In all three phases, I think we can fix some things, but we’re 1-0.”
Bohl added that the team will be “laboring on Labor Day.”
Next up, the Cowboys will travel east to take on Northern Illinois University.
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