It’s homecoming in Laramie and the Wyoming Cowboys are coming into the game looking for their first win of the season. They will be taking on the Nevada Wolfpack in their sixth meeting ever. Wyoming is fresh off of a conference loss to rival Air Force in Colorado Springs. Nevada comes in after a home win vs New Mexico. At the time of this writing the Cowboys are currently a seven point underdog at home to the Wolfpack.
Wyoming and Air Force last weekend battled on a late night ESPN game. The Cowboy defense did a nice job of holding the Air Force triple option at bay in the first half and kept the game close. However, the triple option began to wear the Cowboys down in the second half and Air Force started piling up yards on the ground.
The Cowboys are led by senior quarterback Cameron Coffman leads the Mountain West is passing yards per game at 258.2, passing touchdowns with 11, and total offense with 235.6 per game.
Running back Brian Hill is number two in the Mountain West in rushing yards per game, 10th in the country, with 132.8 yards per game. Hill is also chasing the single season rushing record and yards per game record, both held by Ryan Christopherson set in 1994. Christopherson had 1455 yards, averaging 121.3 that season.
The Wyoming defense is led by senior defensive end Eddie Yarbrough. Yarbrough leads the Cowboys in sacks with three. He also leads the team in tackles for loss with 4.5. Lucas Wacha, who suffered a concussion in the Air Force game, and Andrew Wingard are the leading tacklers for the Cowboys with 52 tackles for Wacha and 51 for Wingard. Wacha is fourth in the conference and 45th in the country with 8.7 tackles per game.
On the other side of the ball the Wolfpack is led by a two headed rushing threat of James Butler and Don Jackson. Butler is fourth in the Mountain West in rushing with 95.2 yards per game, while Jackson is averaging 94.8 yards per game. Wolfpack quarterback Tyler Stewart has thrown for 987 yards and 8 touchdowns on the season. Stewart is coming off of a four touchdown performance against New Mexico, propelling his team to victory over the Lobos.
The game will kick off at 2:00pm from War Memorial Stadium. The temperature looks to be about 70 degrees at kickoff. The game can be seen on ESPN3.com. There are still tickets left from GoWyo.com/tickets.