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Cowboys Come Out On Top In OT Shootout with Hawai'i

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Troy Babbitt-USA TODAY Sports

Final - 11.23.2013 1 2 3 4 OT Total
Hawaii Warriors 14 21 7 14 0 56
Wyoming Cowboys 13 22 7 14 3 59

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When you've lost four in a row you'll take any win you can get.  Wyoming earned that much needed victory but it came in the form a dogfight with winless Hawaii.  The Warriors are a much better team than their 0-11 record indicates.  Five of their conference losses have been by 10 points or less.  They've played very close games with Fresno State and Colorado State, two teams that crushed Wyoming.  They also nearly beat San Diego State last week, the Aztecs just knocked off Boise State this weekend in a game with major implications.  Only 12,227 made the journey to War Memorial Stadium to see 115 points scored and a combined 1,417 yards of total offense.

Brett Smith put on a show as he set Wyoming and Mountain West records for total offense with 640 yards and eight touchdowns.  After a rough couple weeks it was great to have Smith breakout with a monster game.  I'd expect Smith to take home offensive POTW honors for the Mountain West this week.  He will face some tough competition from Derek Carr of Fresno State who had seven touchdown passes and over 550 yards of total offense himself.

vs Hawaii / 11.23.13 Passing Rushing
Comp Att Pct Yds TD Rush Yds Avg TD
Brett Smith 29 48 60.0 498 7 19 142 7.5 1

Smith passed Casey Bramlet to become the all-time leader in total yards at Wyoming.  His season long assault on the Wyoming record book has been impressive one, despite the recent bumps.

Robert Herron was the biggest beneficiary of Smith's huge day.  The senior wideout made the most of senior day with his 11 catches for 141 yards and four touchdowns.  Dominic Rufran had seven catches for 121 yards.  Smith had long touchdown passes to Keenan Montgomery (72 yards) and Jalen Claiborne (71 yards).

Wyoming claimed the Paniolo Trophy in a rivalry that has been renewed a 16 year absence.  The Cowboys now lead the series 13-8.

Despite the offense putting up massive numbers the defense stepped in overtime to help secure the victory.  Hawaii drove down the Cowboys four yard line and went for it on fourth down instead of kicking the field goal attempt.  The Cowboys then rushed it three times and then Stuart Williams kicked a 36 yard field goal for the win.

With five wins the Pokes still have a shot at bowl eligibility.  Getting there won't be easy, next week they finish the regular season with a trip to Logan, UT to face Utah State awaits.  The Aggies are one win away from securing a spot in the inaugural Mountain West Conference Championship.  They've won four straight and are certainly motivated to have a shot at the championship.

At least the Pokes seasons chances weren't ruined by a loss to a previously winless team.