Sept 15, 2012; Laramie, WY, USA; Wyoming Cowboys head coach Dave Christensen leads his team out before a game against the Cal Poly Mustangs. The Mustangs beat the Cowboys 24-22. Mandatory Credit: Troy Babbitt-US PRESSWIRE
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Here is the drive chart for the victory over Idaho. So many big plays in this game. Who would have guessed that winning in turnover margin would help a team win. I'm guessing more then a couple. The Cowboy scored 14 points off turnovers in this game. It could have been more if Trey Norman had been able to hold onto the tipped ball on that Hail Mary the end of the second half. I watched the replay of that play and the Idaho defender did a nice job of hitting Norman from behind right as he was catching the ball, that forced it to bounce off his chest.
The forced fumble in the fourth quarter was a huge momentum swing. Idaho was about to go up by 14 points, instead they fumbled inside the five and Ghaali Muhammad recovered. The Cowboys went with a high powered air attack to quickly drive 97 yards and tie up the game. Wyoming is currently -1 in turnover margin this year, at this same point last year they were +6.
We've got our awards posted after the jump.
COWBOY JOE: Is there any doubt that Brett Smith would win this award? A career best five touchdowns and 365 yards passing. Smith showed how dangerous the Cowboys offense can be when he is back behind center. This was also the first game this year where Smith did not throw an interception. On the season Smith now has 980 yards passing, nine touchdowns and four interceptions.
Honorable Mention: Chris McNeill showed why he was the Cowboys most dangerous receiver last year. He ran great routes and Smith was able to hit him in stride on two long catches. His 219 yards receiving were nearly as much as the 259 yards he had his entire sophomore year.
COWBOY LOW: The Cowboy run defense has been much maligned this year. Technically the 203 rushing yards allowed was their lowest of the year. The Vandals averaged 5.21 yards per carry. Only Texas (5.96) has averaged more per carry this year. The one redeeming factor was the three forced fumbles.
COWBOY FOE: Quarterback Dominque Blackman did a great job of leading the Vandals. His only miscue was the goal line fumble in the fourth quarter. On the day he finished 34-46 for 306 yards and three touchdowns. He is a very accurate passer and was able to hit some very tight openings to complete clutch passes.
Honorable Mention: Trey Farqhuar has a heck of a leg. He made all three field goal attempts, two of them were bombs. The first was 53 yards on their opening drive and the second from 49 yards in overtime.