CJ Johnson catches a touchdown pass last season vs San Diego State (Photo via Pete Arnold)

Wyoming opened its Mountain West season this past Saturday with a win over Hawaii. The Cowboys won their Mountain West opener for the third time in four years.

The Cowboys won an overtime thriller against Hawaii when Josh Allen connected with James Price in the back of the endzone to put the Cowboys up 28-21 in the first overtime. As Hawaii took over the ball for their possession Dru Brown threw a pass and it landed in Cassh Maluia’s hands and the Cowboys sealed the deal in Laramie. The late finish for the game didn’t stop the Cowboy faithful from rushing the field and celebrating with the Cowboys.

The Cowboys came into the game as 7.5 point favorites when betting lines opened and eventually went on to win by 7. The closing line on the game was -5 for the Cowboys. The over/under for the game was set and 55 and the teams failed to hit that mark. Check out this article to get all the information you could possibly need on the lines.  This week against Texas State the Cowboys are at -16 with 48 being the over/under.

The Cowboys will be looking to keep pushing forward this season by getting their rushing attack going. The Cowboys have moved true freshman Trey Woods into the starting running back position this week. So far the freshman has looked outstanding running the football, displaying a lot of power.

The Bobcats from Texas State are averaging 12 points per game this season. They are 1-3 on the season, with their sole win coming over Houston Baptist from the FCS. The Bobcats rank 121st in total offense. In fact, in many of their offense categories they rank at 100+ out of 129 teams. On defense the Bobcats are significantly better, ranking 69th in total defense. Their rushing defense is 76th, allowing 155 yards per game.

That stat will be important for the Cowboys if they’re looking at getting their rushing attack going. They can run the ball on Texas State, in theory, but need to be able to execute that. The Cowboys are currently 125th in total offense, but somehow have a 2-2 record. Kind of amazing. Their total defense comes in at 54th in the country. Not bad considering Oregon had all of the offense against Wyoming. The Cowboys are 105th in time of possession, one statistic that will need to be correct if the Cowboys are going to sustain success this season.

The game will kickoff at 2:00pm from War Memorial Stadium in Laramie. The game can be viewed on Facebook.

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