September 11, 2023 |

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The Wyoming Cowboys improved to a perfect 2-0 start on the season despite a few hiccups on the way to Saturday’s 31-17 win over Portland State at War Memorial Stadium.

Junior wide receiver Ayir Asante from New Jersey scored a pair of touchdowns, including his first as a Cowboy, a 64-yard catch.

Keith Kelly had the call on the Cowboy Sports Network as quarterback Andrew Peasley connected with Asante for the longest Wyoming touchdown strike through air since the 2018 season.

The Vikings got on the board at the 8:50 mark of the second quarter on an 18-play, 75-yard drive to make it a 14-7 game. The Pokes took a 21-7 lead thanks to a forced fumble and recovery by Cornerback Tyrecus Davis.

Peasley threw a career-high three touchdown passes against the Big Sky opponent along with one interception.  Wyatt Wieland led the team with three catches for 50 yards and a score. Running back Sam Scott added a career-high 70 yards rushing on 11 carries. John Hoyland tied a career-high with a 56-yard field goal.

The Cowboys made their share of mistakes in the win over Portland State.  Ryan Marquez fell down on a route late in the first half. The result was an interception for Peasley and a field goal for the Vikings as the clock wound down in the second half. Tight end Colin O’Brien drew a a personal foul flag that cost the Cowboys a long gainer by Wyatt Wieland in the fourth quarter.

Before heading into the locker room after the win, Wyoming Head Coach Craig Bohl took a moment to enjoy the win. He also acknowledged that his team needs to clean up the mistakes before this week’s game against Texas.

The Cowboys didn’t play a perfect game. They also may have been saving something for this week when Wyoming travels to Austin to take on the first-place team in all of college football Saturday, Texas. The 2-0 Longhorns made a national splash over the weekend defeating third-ranked Alabama at home in Tuscaloosa on Saturday 34-24.

We’ll have the big game for you Saturday night. Kickoff is set for 6 p.m. The pregame show will start at 4:30 here on 99.3.

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