November 6, 2023 |

Photo – Wyoming celebrates the win over CSU – Courtesy

The Border War lived up to the hype.

Bedlam at the War Friday night as the Wyoming Cowboys beat CSU 24-15 to win the prized Bronze Boot for the third straight year. Looking poised and ready, Wyoming took an early 3-0 lead at the 6:14 mark of the first quarter with a John Hoyland field goal.

Keith Kelly had the call. The Cowboys would never give up their lead. At the 14-34 mark of the second quarter, Wyoming struck again when quarterback Andrew Peasley hit wide receiver Gunner Gentry deep in the end zone.

CBS had the call as the graduate student scored his first touchdown since the 2020 season opener. Gentry’s road back from injuries meant missing both the 2021 and 2022 seasons. Coach Craig Bohl said the touchdown catch was a personal victory as much as a team score.

Running back Harrison Waylee also overcame injuries, recording his fourth 100-yard rushing game of the 2023 season. Waylee did not look like a running back with a bad ankle. He carried the ball 29 times for 128 yards.

Waylee averaged 4.4 yards per carry on the night.

Quarterback Andrew Peasley had a big night, completing 15-22 passes with one interception for 140 yards and two touchdowns. Peasley also rushed for 49 yards for 189 yards of total offense.

Overall, Wyoming out-gained Colorado State.  The Cowboy offense generated 334 yards of total offense, 194 rushing and 140 passing.  CSU accounted for 274 yards of total offense, mostly through the air.

The Wyoming defense proved stout.  Linebackers Easton Gibbs and Shae Suiaunoa each came up with bigtime picks in the third quarter that the Cowboy offense turned both into back-crushing touchdowns.

On the night, the Wyoming defense held the CSU offense well-under their average, 274 yards of total offense and producing three-turnovers.

After the game, Cowboy head coach Craig Bohl praised the efforts of 12th man. 28,000 enthusiastic fans turned out Friday night to cheer on Wyoming’s third straight win over the Border War rival.

The big Border Win means that this is the seventh time in eight years that the Cowboys have kept the coveted Bronze Boot.

With the 24-15 win, the Cowboys improved to 6-and-3 overall, 3-and-2 in the Mountain West. They are officially bowl eligible.

The Cowboys face another big matchup Friday night when play UNLV inside the Death Star in Sin City. Wyoming has struggled on the road. All three of the Cowboy losses this season have been away from Laramie.

UNLV is 7-and-2 on the season after defeating New Mexico Saturday night 56-14. The Rebels beat CSU 25-23 on October 21st.

Be ready for a late kickoff. Sleepless in Las Vegas: Kickoff is set for 8:45 here on Bigfoot 99.

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