Sept. 11, 1999
By BOB MOEN
Associated Press Writer
LARAMIE, Wyo. (AP) - Quarterback Jay Stoner keyed two third-quartertouchdown drives, and Tim Beasley and Jon Jennings each scored twice as Wyomingovercame a sluggish first half to beat Division I-AA Weber State 41-16Saturday.
Wyoming (1-1) gained 488 yards and scored 31 straight points against WeberState (1-1). The 41 points were the most by the Cowboys since a 41-17 win in1997 against San Diego State.
Jennings rushed for 116 yards, caught a 29-yard TD pass and ran for a 1-yardscore. Beasley scored on runs of 1 and 2 yards, and Aaron Elling kicked twofield goals, including a career-best 55-yarder.
Wyoming struggled to a 13-10 halftime lead.
The Cowboys' only touchdown in the opening half came on a 28-yard TD passfrom backup quarterback Matt Swanson to Willie King. Swanson entered the gameafter Stoner, who injured his shoulder in the opening game loss at Tennesseeand wasn't announced as a starter until Thursday, was ineffective.
Swanson's TD pass capped a 14-play, 80-yard drive with 3:14 left in thesecond and gave the Cowboys their first lead of the game.
Weber scored first when Dusty Harris hit Phil Hazel with a 2-yard TD pass inthe first quarter. The score was set up when Weber linebacker Jason Allenpicked of a pass by Stoner at the Wyoming 33 and returned it 22 yards. MikeMinnoch also connected on a 47-yard field goal in the first quarter.
Stoner started the second half and led Wyoming to touchdowns on its firsttwo possessions for a 27-10 lead.
On the first drive, Stoner flipped a third-down pass to Jennings for a16-yard gain while being tackled. Jennings later scored on a 1-yard run.
Stoner, who completed 10 of 14 passes for 161 yards, set up the second TD byconnecting with Kofi Shuck on a 64-yard pass play. Beasley finished off thefive-play, 69-yard drive with a 1-yard plunge.
The Wyoming defense, which gave up 135 yards in the first half, held Weberto just 66 in the third quarter.
Swanson replaced Stoner in the fourth quarter, leading the Cowboys to twomore scores, including the 29-yard pass to Jennings. Swanson finished 4-of-7for 77 yards.
Derek Poole scored Weber's final touchdown on a 2-yard run.
Morgan Welch led Weber with 75 yards rushing, 56 in the first half.