Cowboys Hold Off Aztecs, 20-10

Oct. 9, 2004

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LARAMIE, Wyo. (AP) - Jovon Bouknight and Dustin Pleasant each caughttouchdown passes, and Wyoming's defense forced three turnovers and held anopponent scoreless in the second half for the second straight game as theCowboys beat San Diego State 20-10 Saturday.

Wyoming (4-1, 1-0 Mountain West Conference) won its third straight game andsnapped a five-game losing streak against SDSU.

"The Cowboys didn't back down today in a physical game. This game was played on the edge and we were ready to play it on the edge," said UW Head Coach Joe Glenn. "I am real excited about this win. We did it a different way, and our defense carried the load today. Our defense played well against an offense that has had some success against some good programs.

"On offense we just tried to establish some momentum and field position. We made some first downs late in the game when we really needed them. We had no turnovers, and that allowed our offense to protect our defense.

"There is a feeling here at UW that something special is going on."

The Aztecs (2-3, 0-1) took just their third loss in eight games overallagainst Front Range opponents since the Mountain West Conference was formed in1999.

Dustin Pleasant hauls in a pass behind an SDSU defender. (UW Photo Service)

SDSU gained a 10-3 halftime lead thanks to a second-quarter 47-yard TD passfrom Matt Dlugolecki to Jeff Webb.

But Wyoming held the Aztecs scoreless in the second half - a week afterholding Lousisiana-Monroe scoreless in the second half. For the game, Wyomingforced four fumbles, recovering two, and intercepted one pass. The Cowboyslimited SDSU to 68 yards rushing on 32 attempts.

Defensive tackle Zach Morris, who missed most of the last two games with anankle injury, led the defense with four solo tackles, including a solo sack,that resulted in 18 lost yards for SDSU.

"It felt good to be back on the field. It was driving me crazy being on the sideline the last two games," said Morris. "The atmosphere on this team is night and day from my first couple of years. Our veteran leadership and coaching staff have created this turn-around."

"I think we played great up front. We wanted to make a statement with our front seven, and we did make that statement."

Meantime, Bouknight caught a 29-yard pass from Corey Bramlet early in thethird quarter to tie the game, Deric Yaussi hit a 42-yard field goal later inthe third, and Pleasant caught a 12-yard pass from running back Ivan Harrisonon a trick play in the fourth quarter.

"I will do whatever it takes to help this team," said Harrison. "If I need to run it 17 times or six times, it doesn't matter, as long as we get the `W' on the scoreboard."