Mission accomplished for the Wyoming Cowboys. The team set their goal of a bowl berth this season and that was accomplished with two games remaining in the 2011 season. Their latest victory was a hard fought win over a tenancious New Mexico team. The game was played in a strong cold in front of a small crowd. It was another banner day for freshmen QB Brett Smith who tallied 212 passing yards and one touchdown and then ran for 140 yards and two scores. The biggest highlight being a 69 yard run where Smith seperated himself from New Mexico defensive backs.
This was the final home game for a great set of seniors. Thanks to their effort there is now a final bowl game in their future. Tashaun Gipson had one intercepiton on the day but it easily could have been three picks. The bookends of the defensive line Gabe Knapton and Josh Biezuns wrecked havoc on the Lobos running game and pressured QB B.R. Holbrook. The Pokes looked very sharp in a new helmet design they debuted. The all brown matte helmet was spruced up with a gold steamboat logo and stripes. It certainly popped and looked great with the gold jersey and pants.
Certainly have to give New Mexico some props for a good effort. They certainly looked better then a team that is now 1-10. Wyoming had great field position most of the game but the Lobos were able to stop many of their drives. In fact at one point the Lobos led 10-7 before Wyoming completed a 2 minute drill to go up 14-10 at halftime. Carmen Messina certainly showed why he was one on the best linebackers in the conference and Holbrook made some quality passes as well as some good gains on the ground.
The Cowboy defense stepped things up in the second half and pitched a shutout. At the end of the game New Mexico was driving but a forced fumble ended the drive and Wyoming knelt down to end the game. It wasn't the prettiest game at times but Pokes did what was needed. Now they can focus on going for an eighth win this year. In other good news it doesn't appear that any major injuries were suffered this week. Wyoming had a rash of big injuries the previous two weeks. Staying healthy is vital to the success of this Poke team the rest of the way.