Cowboys Overcome Early Deficit to Beat Aztecs, 27-24

Nov. 4, 2006

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LARAMIE, Wyo. (AP) - Joseph Harris scored two touchdowns and Devin Moore rushed for 131 yards to lead Wyoming to a 27-24 victory over San Diego State on Saturday.

Karsten Sween connected with Wade Betschart on a 5-yard touchdown pass that put Wyoming (5-5, 4-2 Mountain West) ahead 24-17 early in the fourth quarter.

Cowboy junior cornerback Michael Medina returns his fourth quarter interception against SDSU.


The Cowboys intercepted on San Diego State's next possession, setting up Aric Goodman for a 52-yard field goal that made it 27-17.

With a minute and a half left, Brett Swain caught a 66-yard touchdown pass to pull San Diego State (1-7, 1-3) within 27-24. But Wyoming recovered the onside kick and ran out the clock on the game's final possession.

San Diego State led by as much as 17-3 in the first half.

The Aztecs took an early lead on the second play of the game when Chaz Schilens caught a pass from Kevin Craft for a 60-yard touchdown and a 7-0 lead.

Wyoming got on the board on a 32-yard field goal by Jake Scott. But the Aztecs widened their lead when Garrett Palmer kicked a 35-yard field goal and T.J. McKay returned a Wyoming fumble 23 yards to score, making it 17-3.

Harris made it 17-10 with a 2-yard touchdown run shortly before halftime, then scored on a 1-yard run midway through the third quarter to tie the game 17-17.

The win puts Wyoming one win away from being bowl eligible. The Cowboys beat UCLA 24-21 in the 2004 Las Vegas Bowl, but stayed home in the postseason last year after losing their last six games.