SAN DIEGO, Calif. -
The Wyoming Cowboys faced the hottest team in the Mountain West Conference on Saturday as the San Diego State Aztecs won their sixth consecutive conference game by a final score of 38-3 over the Cowboys. SDSU improved its record to 6-0 in the MW and 7-3 overall. Wyoming dropped to 1-10, 1-6 in the conference.
Wyoming could generate only 191 yards of total offense on the night, while SDSU concluded the game with 431 total yards. The Aztecs were led by two 100-yard rushers in running backs Chase Price and Donnel Pumphrey, who ran for 152 and 140 yards, respectively. UW's junior wide receiver Jake Maulhardt recorded the second 100-yard receiving game of his career, with 107 yards on five receptions, and sophomore running back Brian Hill ran for 72 yards on the night to lead the Wyoming offense.
The Aztecs took a 14-0 lead at the end of the first quarter and added a touchdown with only 29 seconds remaining in the second quarter to post a 21-0 halftime lead. SDSU would score the only points in the third quarter on a field goal to build its lead to 24-0, before Wyoming would put its only points on the board early in the fourth quarter on a 31-yard field goal by freshman place-kicker Tristan Bailey. The Aztecs would add two TDs in the fourth quarter to cap off the 38-3 victory.
"San Diego State is a very good football team," said Wyoming head coach Craig Bohl. "I felt like they wore us down a little bit as the game went on. They are a veteran, physical football team, and their maturity showed tonight. They have a big offensive line, talented running backs and a very aggressive defense.
"I've known Coach (Rocky) Long for many years, and his team reflects his personality -- they're tough and they're disciplined.
"I thought our guys continued to fight, but I did see us get worn down tonight."
Individually, two Cowboys moved up in career categories on the night. Wyoming senior defensive end Eddie Yarbrough became Wyoming's career leader in tackles for loss on Saturday. Yarbrough recorded one tackle for loss to improve his career total to 37. He entered the game tied with former Cowboy great defensive end John Fletcher, who had 36 career tackles for loss from 2005-09. Yarbrough also moved into the Wyoming career Top 10 in sacks, recording one sack versus SDSU. Yarbrough now ranks ninth in school history, with 19.5 career sacks. He passed the late Brent Schieffer, who recorded 19.0 sacks during his career from 1991-94, and Craig Schlicting, who had 19.0 sacks from 1986-89.
Cowboy running back Hill broke into the Wyoming career Top 10 list for rushing on his first carry of the game. Hill ended the night with 2,195 rushing yards for his career to move from 11th place all the way up to sixth in school history. He passed former Cowboys Alvester Alexander (2,127), Walt Goffigan (2,167), current teammate Shaun Wick (2,179), Kevin Lowe (2,188) and Derek Armah (2,190).
Freshman free safety Andrew Wingard recorded a career best 16 total tackles and a career high 12 solo tackles in the game. Wingard's previous bests were 15 total tackles at Utah State and 10 solo tackles, which he accomplished twice at Boise State and versus Colorado State. Wingard also surpassed the 100-tackle mark for the season. He now has 113 tackles in his true freshman season to lead the Pokes. He is quickly approaching the best single seasons in school history, needing only 15 more tackles to rank among the Top 10 single-season totals in school history.
Junior linebackers Lucas Wacha and D.J. May also played well on Saturday. Wacha was credited with nine tackles, 2.0 tackles for loss and a forced fumble. May had eight tackles, one fumble recovery and one pass breakup.
As a team, the Cowboy defense forced two San Diego State turnovers on two fumbles. Redshirt freshman strong safety Marcus Epps forced the other Aztec fumble and sophomore cornerback Robert Priester was credited with the other fumble recovery for the Cowboys.
But UW turned the ball over three times itself on a fumbled punt by Wingard and two interceptions thrown by senior quarterback Cameron Coffman.
Wyoming will have its one bye of the season this coming Saturday before hosting the UNLV Rebels in the 2015 season finale on Saturday, Nov. 28. The Wyoming-UNLV game will be televised on ROOT SPORTS and the game will kick off at Noon, M.T.