Wyoming Falls To Nevada 35-28

Sept. 23, 2000

Box Score

By ROBERT W. BLACK
Associated Press Writer

LARAMIE, Wyo. - Marquis Starks scored on a 16-yard run with 41 secondsleft as Nevada rallied to beat Wyoming 35-28 on Saturday night.

The game was delayed an hour because the Nevada team bus, on its way from aCheyenne hotel 50 miles away, got stuck behind a 12-car pileup on snow-slickedInterstate 80.

Starks, who replaced injured Adrien Dugas in the second quarter, finishedwith 68 yards on 19 carries for Nevada (1-2). His winning score came four playsafter Wyoming's DeShawn Abram was flagged for a late hit after David Neill's11-yard run.

Brad Lindstrom intercepted Jay Stoner's pass to end Wyoming's last chance.The Cowboys are 1-3.

Neill, who completed 15 of 27 passes for 190 yards, threw a 4-yard touchdownpass to Scott Asai with 11:57 left to give the Wolf Pack a 28-21 lead.

The score was set up by Del Bates' interception, followed by apass-interference penalty against Wyoming's Eric Lee that moved the ball to theCowboys' 1.

Stoner, a surprise starter, moved the Cowboys 69 yards in 12 plays to tie itat 28 on a 5-yard touchdown pass to Ryan McGuffey with 5:54 remaining.

Stoner, who sat out a game because of a concussion and bruised ribs,completed 25 of 43 passes for 206 yards and three touchdowns and wasintercepted twice.

Stoner moved past Josh Wallwork into second place on Wyoming's careerpassing list with 6,555 yards. Tom Corontzos is the leader with 7,945 yardsfrom 1988-91.

Nevada erased a 21-7 deficit by scoring 21 straight points. Mike Phillipshad field goals of 41 and 24 yards, and Neill scored on a 1-yard run, thenconnected with Jermaine Brown for the conversion to tie the game at 21-21 with13:12 remaining.

Neill scored on a 28-yard draw that pulled Nevada to 14-7 early in thesecond quarter.

Stoner then took the Cowboys 64 yards in four plays, capping the drive witha 12-yard toss to Brett Ralph. Derek Armah's 51-yard run set up the score,which lifted Wyoming to a 21-7 lead.

On Wyoming's first play, Armah took a handoff and launched a 53-yard pass toBrock Ralph. When the drive stalled, Brett Ralph raced 35 yards after a handofffrom punter Tom Waring on an end-around to give Wyoming a 7-0 lead.

Stoner later connected to Brock Ralph on an 18-yard TD play.

Dugas had 45 yards before leaving in the second quarter with a dislocatedelbow.