Sept. 16, 2000
By BOB MOEN
Associated Press Writer
LARAMIE, Wyo. - Nate Scott rushed for 192 yards and two touchdowns,including a school-record 95-yard romp, leading Wyoming past Central Michigan31-10 Saturday.
Wyoming (1-2) saved itself from starting 0-3 for the first time since 1975.The Cowboys lost their first two games this season to Auburn and Texas A&M.
Central Michigan (1-2) dropped its second road game of the season. TheChippewas lost to Purdue earlier before winning at home against Akron.
Entering its first-ever meeting against Central Michigan without its top twoquarterbacks because of injuries, Wyoming relied almost exclusively on a groundgame that accounted for 87 percent of the Cowboys' 368 total yards.
The Cowboys ran the ball 55 times for 321 yards and attempted 17 passes,completing only five for 47 yards. Brandon Neill, making his first start,completed just 1 of 5 passes with an interception. Neill did contribute on theground, scoring on an 11-yard run in the fourth quarter.
Scott ran the ball 20 times. His 95-yard TD run came early in the secondquarter after the Chippewas downed a punt at Wyoming's 2-yard line. Following a3-yard run, Scott burst through the line and raced untouched past CentralMichigan's secondary to the end zone. Scott had 136 rushing yards in the firsthalf.
The previous longest touchdown run in Wyoming history was 87 yards by KevinLowe in 1984 against South Dakota State.
Aaron Elling kicked field goals of 19, 28 and 50 yards for the Cowboys.
Central Michigan's scoring came on a 5-yard TD pass from Pete Shepherd toIra Gooch and a 45-yard field goal by Paul Savich. Shepherd completed 18 of 31passes for 240 yards and one TD.
Chippewas running back Robbie Mixon, who rushed for 164 yards and caughtpasses for 101 yards the previous week against Akron, was held to 50 rushingand 16 receiving yards.