Cowboys Ride High! End Three Year MWC Drought With Win Over Falcons.

Oct 26, 2002

By ROBERT W. BLACK
Associated Press Writer

LARAMIE, Wyo. (AP) - Casey Bramlet passed for 387 yards and two touchdownsas Wyoming pulled off its biggest victory in years by defeating No. 22 AirForce 34-26 Saturday.

The Cowboys (2-6, 1-2 Mountain West Conference) had lost 14 of their last 15games, with the only victory coming against The Citadel, a Division I-AA team.

Wyoming also had dropped 17 straight conference games over four seasons. Itslast Mountain West victory was Nov. 20, 1999, when the Cowboys beat New Mexico42-28. Wyoming's last win over a ranked team came the week before that, overNo. 15 Brigham Young.

After winning its first six games, Air Force (6-2, 3-1) lost their secondstraight. The Falcons were beaten at home by Notre Dame 21-14 last week.

Air Force led just once Saturday, when Joey Ashcroft's 27-yard field goalcapped the game's opening drive.

Bramlet completed 32 of 42 passes, including TD passes of 40 yards toScottie Vines and 58 to Malcom Floyd. Bramlet didn't have an interception.

Air Force was averaging 306 rushing yards per game, tops in the nation, butWyoming held the Falcons' option attack to 255 yards on the ground. Air Forcehad just 104 yards rushing against Notre Dame.

Wyoming outgained Air Force in total yardage 484-424 in a game that had noturnovers.

The Falcons opened the second half with a 64-yard drive, capped by a 4-yardrun by Anthony Butler that brought the academy within three points.

Wyoming answered with an 80-yard drive and Bramlet's 9-yard scoring run on adraw, boosting the Cowboys' lead to 24-14 late in the third quarter. DerekArmah's 4-yard TD with 11:01 remaining gave the 'Pokes a 31-14 lead.

On the next play from scrimmage, Chance Harridge, who ran for 91 yards on 17carries, threw an 80-yard touchdown pass to Anthony Park. It was thefifth-longest pass play in Air Force history, and got the Falcons to 31-21 with10:42 left.

Air Force scored a 2-point safety when Paul Mayo blocked Luke Donovan's puntwith 2:03 to go, and the Falcons added a 31-yard field goal with 43 secondsleft to close to 34-26, but Wyoming's Corey Bramlet recovered the Falcons'onside kick, and the Cowboys ran out the clock.

In the first half, Wyoming gave up 166 rushing yards but kept Falcons out ofthe end zone to take a 17-6. Bramlet completed 15 of 23 passes for 225 yardsand two touchdowns in the half, and the Cowboys held the Falcons to three puntsand two field goals.

After Ashcroft's second field goal, a 26-yarder, drew Air Force to 10-6midway through the second quarter, Bramlet connected with Floyd for a 58-yardTD.

Wyoming took the lead for good on its second possession when Vines made aterrific catch with 2:57 to go in the first quarter.

Scott Parker's 21-yard field goal, Wyoming's first of the season, put theCowboys up 10-3 early in the second quarter. The Cowboys had missed threeattempts earlier in the season.

Tyler Gottschalk led Wyoming's defense with 13 tackles, including two forlosses.