Cowboys Defeat Furman 20-14 In Season Opener

Sept 1, 2001

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Associated Press Writer

LARAMIE, Wyo. - Casey Bramlet threw for 331 yards and Jarvis Wallumkicked four field goals as Wyoming beat Furman 20-14 on Saturday to end aneight-game losing streak.

"Some of us were kind of looking around, trying to figure out how toreact," Wyoming coach Vic Koenning said of the locker room atmosphere afterthe game.

Wyoming was 1-10 last year, with the lone victory a 31-10 decision overCentral Michigan.

Bramlet completed 30 of 48 passes, with Ryan McGuffey catching 10 pass for134 yards in the season opener for both teams.

Louis Ivory, the winner of the 2000 Walter Payton Award as top player inDivision I-AA, ran for 136 yards on 19 carries for Furman. The Paladins gained194 yards on the ground, and Billy Napier was 12-of-24 for 169 yards.

With 10 minutes left, Wallum capped a 44-yard, 11-play drive with a 28-yardfield goal.

Wallum also made a 22-yarder late in the third quarter to give Wyoming a17-14 lead. Bramlet set up the field goal with a 41-yard pass to Ralph Brockthat put the Cowboys on the Paladins' 6.

Furman tied it at 14 on Ivory's 44-yard touchdown run with 3:23 left in thethird quarter.

Late in the first half, McGuffey caught a 15-yard pass to put Wyoming onFurman's 3. Wyoming took the lead two plays later on Bramlet's 1-yard run and2-point conversion pass to McGuffey.