University of Wyoming Cowboys move to 3-0

The University of Wyoming Cowboys led from start to finish in a 45-12 rout of the reigning MAC champion Ball State Cardinals.
University of Wyoming's Xazavian Valladay points to the heavens after scoring a touchdown...
University of Wyoming's Xazavian Valladay points to the heavens after scoring a touchdown during the fourth quarter of a 45-12 rout over Ball State on September 18, 2021.(David Graf)
Published: Sep. 19, 2021 at 12:02 AM CDT
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LARAMIE, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) - If you like partying, Saturday’s University of Wyoming football game was for you. It was a party in the end zone for the Pokes amidst a 45-12 rout over reigning MAC Champion Ball State.

Six different Cowboys scored touchdowns, including two defensive scores.

Nickelback Keyon Blankenbecker got the party started by returning an interception from midfield to the house, which gave Wyoming a 10-0 lead.

This was just the beginning of the celebration for the Cowboys and its fans. The offense and the defense made plays all over the field and did not let up.

Tight End Treyton Welch would add the next touchdown for the Pokes on a 1-yard toss from Quarterback Sean Chambers.

It was Running Back Dawaiian McNeely’s turn next to find the end zone. He took a handoff and reached paydirt from 16 yards out.

The gas from Wyoming’s defense and offense was slammed to the floor with less than a minute to go left in the half. The defense was able to force Ball State Quarterback Drew Plitt into a fumble and Defensive End Jaylen Pate pounced on the loose ball.

The turnover set up a 1-yard scramble for Chambers, and the Pokes went into the half with a 31-0 lead.

In the second half, Running Back Xazavian Valladay and Linebacker Chad Muma joined the touchdown party. Muma’s touchdown came on a 45-yard interception return, which was his second pick-six in as many weeks.

“We’ve got guys that can make plays. I trust every single one of those guys, and that group is really, really special” said Chambers after the game about the team’s collection of talent. “They’ve been through the hard and the thick of it where people were doubting them, doubting us as a unit. But now those guys worked their butts off, and they’re reaping the benefits really. Those guys I can’t say enough about them. They show up day in and day out in the run game, the pass game, whatever it is.”

Chambers also said he believes the team “can be even better, which is scary to think about.”

After the game, Head Coach Craig Bohl was in good spirits, too.

“We’re really pleased with the win. I thought it was more of a complete game,” said Bohl. “There’s certainly things we need to improve on, but a great first half and there were some good things in the second half. I don’t think the second half matched the first half, but nonetheless, we did some super things out there, and anytime you score twice on defense I think that’s a big deal, and so as a result, we’re super excited about the game.”

Next up, the Cowboys will travel to take on the UCONN Huskies in Storrs, CT. The Huskies are 0-4 on the season and have already seen their head coach step down less than two weeks ago.

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