Saturday, October 8, 2016

Allen leads Wyoming past Air Force 35-26

 Josh Allen threw for three touchdowns and the Wyoming defense put the brakes on Air Force's triple option offense as the Cowboys beat the Falcons 35-26 Saturday.
Allen completed 15 of 27 passes for 173 yards for Wyoming (4-2, 2-0 Mountain West). He had TD passes of 17 yards toTanner Gentry, 20 yards to Jake Maulhardt and 32 yards toJacob Hollister.
After the game, Allen lamented a couple of missed throws to wide-open receivers that would have resulted in big gains.
"We played good enough to win even with those few mistakes that I made," he said.
Allen also rushed for 74 yards, including a 34-yard run to set up a TD that iced the win in the final two minutes.
Falcons safety Weston Steelhammer said Allen is a "very dynamic quarterback both on the ground and through the air."
"He made something out of nothing more than once," he said.
Brian Hill contributed 92 yards and a touchdown on the ground for the Cowboys.
Air Force (4-1, 1-1) was led by quarterback Nate Romine, who passed for 188 yards and two touchdowns. Romine was also intercepted three times after entering the game without having thrown an interception on the season.
"I just don't think we were locked in, especially me," Romine said. "That was probably my worst football I've ever played since I've been here."
Wyoming's defense held the Falcons to 149 yards rushing. The Falcons had been averaging 312.8 rushing yards a game.
THE TAKEWAY
AIR FORCE: The Falcons saw their hopes for starting the season 5-0 for the first time since 2003 dashed.
WYOMING: The Cowboys have won four of the last six meetings between the two teams.
The defense has scored in three consecutive games. On Saturday, linebacker D.J. May picked up a fumble by Jacobi Owens on Air Force's 15-yard line and jogged into the end zone. The Cowboys defense has scored four touchdowns off turnovers this season.
Wyoming coach Craig Bohl attributed the opportunistic defense to better speed and athleticism in the unit this year.
"We're ahead of the curve there, and we just got to keep it coming. I know it helps a lot," he said.
POLL IMPLICATIONS
Air Force received votes in last week's AP poll after winning its first four games of the season, but the loss to Wyoming likely will result in voters losing interest in the Falcons.
UP NEXT
AIR FORCE: The Falcons will host New Mexico on Saturday, but the game will be played at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas as one of the college games during the annual Texas State Fair.
WYOMING: The Cowboys have a bye week before heading to Nevada on Oct. 22.

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