Pokes Fall to Broncos, 63-14

Nov. 23, 2014

LARAMIE, Wyo. -

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The University of Wyoming football team was within seven points of Boise State early in the second quarter, but the Broncos rolled up 32-unanswered points en route to a 63-14 victory Saturday night in War Memorial Stadium. The loss dropped the Cowboys to 4-7 overall and 2-5 in the Mountain West, while the Broncos improved to 9-2 and 6-1, respectively.

"Really disappointing performance and it's not to detract from the fact that Boise State is a good team, " UW head coach Craig Bohl said. "We didn't handle some adversity tonight and sustained some more injuries which are tough to handle, but we have to work through those. We need to regroup and get ready for New Mexico next week."

BSU took an early lead thanks to two first-quarter touchdowns, before UW started to gain momentum with an 11-play drive that covered 74 yards in five minutes. Freshman running back Brian Hill capped it with a 6-yard touchdown run to pull the Pokes within 14-7 with 12 minutes left in the half. That would be as close at the Cowboys could get, though, as the Broncos added two more touchdowns in the second quarter and four in the third, before Wyoming scored again.

"Some of the things that we struggled with tonight were Boise State's perimeter game and they have a great running back," Bohl said. "It was a challenge with the sweeps on the perimeter and the speed on the edges. We've been working on that which was disappointing tonight that we didn't adjust to the speed of the game."

Hill rushed for 65 yards and both UW touchdowns on 21 carries. Senior quarterback Colby Kirkegaard completed 10-of-14 passes for 74 yards before being knocked out of the game with an injury. Hill added 32 yards on four catches, while senior wide receivers Jalen Claiborne and Dominic Rufran added three catches apiece. Rufran has at least one catch in a NCAA-leading 48-consecutive games. That is a school and MW record, as well. Defensively, sophomore linebacker Lucas Wacha notched 12 stops, including two tackles for loss, for his fourth career game in double-figure stops.

Wyoming concludes the 2014 season at New Mexico next Saturday at 1 p.m. MT.