October 17, 1998
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
It took overtime, but Wyoming finally overcame a very game UNLV Rebel football team, 28-25, last Saturday night in Las Vegas.
The victory came on an 18-yard field goal by Aaron Elling in the overtime period, after UNLV had fumbled away a victory chance at the one yard line on its overtime possession. The Rebels had it first-and-goal at the one, when the ball was knocked loose from running back James Wofford as Cowboy linebacker Kwabena Peprah knocked the lead blocker on the play back into the runner.
The Cowboys were in position to end the game during regulation play, but a 33-yard field goal by Elling with six seconds remaining sailed wide right.
While the defense was responsible for the victory two weeks ago over SMU, it was Wyomings offense that came through to earn the win in this one. The Cowboys rolled up 497 yards of total offense in the game thanks to career days by quarterback Jay Stoner and wide receiver Wendell Montgomery and the running of Marques Brigham.
Stoner was 21 of 27 through the air for 357 yards and a touchdown. He was a perfect 12 for 12 in the second half. Montgomery was his main target, catching 10 for 158 yards. Meanwhile, on the ground, Brigham carried 33 times for 144 yards and two scores.
After the Cowboys took the opening kickoff and marched 80 yards for a TD, UNLV came right back to tie. The Rebels led at halftime, 10-7, and upped that margin to nine with a third-quarter touchdown that gave them a 16-7 lead. The Cowboys posted a 25-22 lead with 9:29 left in the game thanks to a 74-yard TD play from Stoner to tight end Julian Hooker. But UNLV tied the game at 25 with 7:22 left on a field goal.
It was Wyomings second regular-season OT game in history, it has won both. The other came two years ago at Iowa State. Ironically, the Cowboys last OT game was in the WAC title game two years ago at Las Vegas, in Sam Boyd Stadium. BYU beat the Cowboys by the same score, 28-25.
Wyoming, now 5-1 overall and 3-0 in WAC play, hosts Rice this week in War Memorial Stadium. Game-time is 1 p.m. for Band Day.
Score By Quarters 1 2 3 4 OT Final
(V)Wyoming 7 0 10 8 3 28(H)UNLV 7 3 6 9 0 25
Team Qtr. Time Left Scoring Play Conversion #plays-yds Score
Wyo 1 11:36 Brigham 1 yd run Elling kick 8-80 7-0UNLV 1 7:51 Wofford 2 yd run O'Reilly kick 10-64 7-7UNLV 2 11:03 O'Reilly 22 yd fg - 12-70 7-10UNLV 3 11:48 Reed to Mineo O"Reilly kick 6-51 7-16 3 yd pass failedWyo 3 8:14 Brigham 14 yd run Elling kick 8-65 14-16Wyo 3 1:25 Elling 21 yd fg - 10-70 17-16UNLV 4 9:50 Reed to Leatham 2-pt failed 3-5 17-22 4 yd pass Wyo 4 9:29 Stoner to Hooker 2-pt conv. 1-74 25-22 74 yd pass Mont. receptionUNLV 4 7:22 O'Reilly 37 yd fg - 6-52 25-25Wyo OT 15:00 Elling 18 yd fg - 6-24 28-25
Team Stats UNLV WYOFirst Downs 18 24Net Yds Rush 210 140 Net Yds Pass 126 357Net Total Yds 336 497 Turnovers 1 1Penalties 5-50 4-40Time of Possesion 28:00 32:003rd Down Conversions 4 of 15 4 of 12Sacks 2-14 1-14
Individual Leaders UNLV WYORushing Wofford 28-184-1 td Brigham 33-144-2 tdReceiving Ware 5-56 Montgomery 10-158Passing Reed 12/27-126-2 td Stoner 21/27-357-1 int, 1 td Wofford 0/1-0Tackles Gales 12 Peprah 8, Chukwurah 6, Hirsch 6