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Cowboys Lose Shootout In San Jose

Last second touchdown extends the Pokes slide.

Bob Stanton-USA TODAY Sports

Final - 10.26.2013 1 2 3 4 OT Total
Wyoming Cowboys 16 7 7 14 0 44
San Jose St. Spartans 0 14 22 15 0 51

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A promising start turned into a dogfight, which in turn ended up in heartache.  With just eight seconds remaining San Jose State scored from one yard out and ended up winning  51-44.  With the loss Wyoming falls to 4-4 (2-2) and the bowl chances looker slim as well.  Now just four games remain and Wyoming is likely to be favored in only the game against Hawaii.

It's a shame that this loss overshadows a tremendous performance by the offense, particularly running back Shaun Wick.  The sophomore tied Devin Moore with the third best rushing performance in Cowboy history with 234 yards.  He also scored his ninth rushing touchdown of the year.  With four games remaining, Wick has 776 rushing yards on the year.  He wasn't the only one setting records on Saturday.  Robert Herron finally broke a huge play when he juked a defender and then sprinted down the field for a 93 yard touchdown.  Herron had five catches for 154 yards.  Unfortunately he was the only Cowboy to break the 30 yard receiving mark.

While the 599 yards of offense for Wyoming is impressive, the 642 yards allowed by the defense is scary.  David Fales has an NFL caliber arm and he put it to good use by throwing for 482 yards and five touchdowns.  Three Spartans had over 100 yards receiving and Chanlder Jones caught three touchdowns as well.  The Spartans barely run the ball but that didn't stop freshman Jarrod Lawson from gaining 128 yards on the ground.

The turning point was the third quarter where San Jose State outscored Wyoming 22-7 and took the lead for the first time.  Basically this game came down to who ever scored last would win and the Pokes simply ran out of time.

Wyoming certainly played then the Border last week but this loss hurt a lot.  Last year the Cowboys came out on the wrong end of many tight scoring games.  That trend came back in a big way.  Wyoming will enjoy a week off to hopefully clear their head and get ready for their toughest challenge of the year.   Undefeated Fresno State will coming to Laramie and the Pokes will be looking to cause some chaos.