Cowboys Open With A Bang

Aug 30, 2003

By BOB MOEN
Associated Press Writer

LARAMIE, Wyo. (AP) - Casey Bramlet passed for 203 yards and a touchdown andWyoming's defense forced five turnovers as the Cowboys, under new coach JoeGlenn, beat Division I-AA Montana State 21-10 Saturday.

Wyoming (1-0), which had won just five games in the last three years,including a 2-10 record last year, hired Glenn away from Montana to replace VicKoenning.

Bramlet completed 17 of 28 passes, hooking up with Ryan McGuffey on a28-yard score in the fourth quarter.

Wyoming's defense, which surrendered an average of 36 points and 491 yards agame last year, gave up 353 total yards but forced five turnovers, includingfour interceptions off Bobcats quarterback Travis Lulay, who entered the gamewith only two interceptions in his last 136 attempts.

Montana State (0-1) was led by David Mayfield, who rushed for 101 yards on26 carries. Lulay completed 18 of 40 passes for 223 yards.

Wyoming grabbed the lead early when Austin Hall blocked a punt after theBobcats' first possession of the game and Derrick Martin picked the ball up atthe 6 yard line and dived into the end zone.

The Cowboys went up 14-0 in the first quarter on Derek Armah's 2-yard TDrun. The score capped a 72-yard drive keyed by a 29-yard screen play fromBramlet to Armah.

Montana State answered with a 20-yard TD pass from Lulay to Scott Turnquistand a 20-yard field goal by Nate Cook to pull within 14-10 at the 11:40 mark ofthe third quarter.

But three of the Bobcats' next four possessions ended with interceptionsinside Wyoming territory.

Armah, who had five catches for 52 yards, finished with 92 yards totaloffense for the Cowboys. McGuffey had six catches for 78 yards.

Mayfield caught four passes for 33 yards to finish with 132 total yards forMontana State, which has not beaten a Division I-A team since 1984. BrandonRoosevelt caught six passes for 56 yards.