LOGAN, Utah -
After a tightly contested opening quarter the Wyoming Cowboys (1-8 overall, 1-4 MW) fell to Utah State (5-3 overall, 4-1 MW) 58-27 in Maverik Stadium in Logan, Utah on Friday evening. Sophomore running back Brian Hill rushed for 201 yards. He became the first Cowboy rusher to rush for over 200 yards in four different games in their career.
Hill now ranks fourth in single-season rushing in UW history with 1,262. He also eclipsed 2,000 career rushing yards and now has 2,058 in his career and needs 69 yards to move into the top-10 in career rushing yards at Wyoming. He piled up 138 yards in the first half and has rushed for over 100 yards in an opening half four times in his career.
After a quick touchdown pass by the Aggie quarterback Kent Myers to open the contest Wyoming responded with an impressive 13-play, 75-yard drive that ended in a nine-yard touchdown pass from redshirt freshman Nick Smith to junior wide receiver Jake Maulhardt. It was Smith's first career touchdown pass. Hill was outstanding on the drive rushing for 37 yards on six carries.
The Aggies extended their lead to 21-7 in the second quarter until the Cowboys cut the deficit to 21-14 halfway through the second stanza on an impressive 47-yard run by Hill. But Utah State added a field goal and blocked an Ethan Wood punt late in the half to take a 30-14 lead going into the break.
Utah State notched the first score of the second half on a five-yard touchdown run by Myers to extend their lead to 37-14. UW cut the lead to 37-21 later in the third quarter on a three-yard touchdown run by Smith. The Aggies added three touchdowns late, but Smith connected with Maulhardt once again to make the final score, 58-27.
Smith finished had career day with career-highs in passing yards with 83 and completions and attempts going 10-for-18 on the night. He also rushed for 61 yards in the contest. Maulhardt caught a team-high four catches for 30 yards with two touchdowns. He has a touchdown grab in four-straight games.
Defensively, freshman Andrew Wingard recorded a career-high 15 tackles. He was followed by redshirt freshman Marcus Epps with 13 tackles. Senior Eddie Yarbrough recorded a career-high 10 tackles for his first double-digit tackle output since 2013. He also added a tackle for loss and now has 34.5 in his career and only trails John Fletcher (36.0 TFLs) for the all-time lead in school history.
Wyoming will prepare for its annual "Border War" with Colorado State on Saturday, Nov. 7 in Laramie with kickoff slated for 1 p.m. MT.