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Great win for the Pokes over UNLV and end of the first half of the season. The bye week is next before taking the big trip to San Diego State to face the Aztecs. Let's take a look at some key performers.
Cowboy Joe: Chris McNeill made up for his error on the punt return in a big way. He gave Wyoming it's first punt return for a touchdown since 2004. Later he threw a touchdown pass to Brett Smith and then a threw a two point conversion. He also made a crucial fumble recovery for Wyoming in the first quarter. If that hadn't been recovered the game may have had an entirely different momentum.
Honorable Mention: Wyoming defense. They played like an entirely different defense this week and the adjustments made a huge difference. The secondary played tighter and the defensive line was much more aggressive.
Honorable Honorable Mention: Kicker Daniel Sullivan has gotten plenty of criticism this year but hopefully he has turned a new leaf. While he did miss the first XP of the game he made all the rest and also kicked two field goals. While they were short field goals he made both and hopefully that will give him some more confidence in the second half of the season.
Cowboy Low: Third down conversions - Wyoming converted just 5 of 15 third down attempts. That is down from their season average of 33.8% and not a good sign when facing a weaker defense such as UNLV. They'll need to be more consistent if they want to continue to win games this year.
Cowboy Foe: Dionza Bradford helped power the Rebel running game and totaled 104 yards in his first start. He nearly equaled his total season yardage coming into the game. While Tim Cornett had both touchdowns for the Rebels it was Bradford that did the most damage. UNLV has a young run set of rushers that are certainly improving.
Video highlights are posted after the jump. Feel free to nominate your own award winners.