Wyoming Downs Colorado State, 27-19

November 8, 1998


FORT COLLINS, Colo. (AP) - Jay Stoner passed for one touchdown and ran for one and Wyoming stayed unbeaten in Western Athletic Conference play with a27-19 victory over archrival Colorado State on Saturday night.

Kofi Shuck caught seven passes for 122 yards, including a 21-yard scoringtoss from Stoner in the second quarter and two critical catches on Wyoming'slone second-half scoring drive.

Wyoming (8-1 overall, 6-0 WAC), posting its seventh straight victory, scoredon four straight possessions to take a 24-6 halftime lead. Colorado State (7-4,4-3) rallied for two third-quarter scores, cutting the deficit to 24-19.

Deone Horinek's 47-yard punt then was downed at the Wyoming 1, but theCowboys marched 78 yards for a 38-yard field goal by Aaron Elling with 12:36 toplay. Shuck made a 10-yard reception on third-and-9 from the 2, then followedon the next play with a diving 41-yarder.

Colorado State's Derek Franz missed a 42-yard field-goal attempt with 10:28left. The Rams gave up the ball on downs on their next series near midfield,and Ryan Eslinger's last-second pass was intercepted at the goal line by safetyGreg Van Leer.

The game was played on a muddy field, which had been cleared of nearly afoot of snow earlier in the day, and was intermittently obscured by fog duringthe second half.

Eslinger threw two interceptions in the first quarter. The first, by safetyAl Rich in the end zone, deprived the Rams of a scoring chance. The second, byVan Leer at the Colorado State 11, set up Elling's 31-yard field goal.

On the Cowboys' next possession, wide receiver Wendell Montgomery turned ashort pass in the left flat into a 66-yard gain. Marques Brigham scored on a3-yard run for a 10-0 lead.

Eslinger threw a 16-yard pass to Darran Hall and a 20-yarder to PeteRebstock to set up Eslinger's 6-yard scramble for the Rams' first TD. DerekFranz's extra-point attempt was low and was blocked.

The Cowboys then marched 66 yards, capped by Stoner's 7-yard scramble for a17-6 lead with 7:22 left in the half.

Two plays later, Colorado State committed its third turnover, a fumble nearmidfield, and Wyoming converted on Stoner's 21-yard pass to the leaping Shuckwith 4:01 to go in the half.

Colorado State seized the momentum on the first play from scrimmage of thesecond half when defensive end Clark Haggans sacked Stoner and forced a fumble.Six plays later, Hall ran 10 yards on a reverse for a touchdown.

Following a Wyoming punt, the Rams marched 65 yards for another score,Eslinger's 14-yard pass to Derrek Uhl. The 2-point conversion pass wasincomplete, leaving Wyoming ahead 24-19.

AP Sports Writer