Pokes Come From Behind to Beat Ohio

It wasn't the kind of performance the Cowboys would have liked to see out of their starting quarterback, but Karsten Sween found a bit of redemption with the game on the line.

After throwing four interceptions, Sween hit wide receiver Michael Ford on a five-yard slant pass in the end zone with just more than two minutes to play as Wyoming (3-1) came from behind to beat Ohio (2-2) 34-33 Saturday.

The Cowboys got 198 yards and two touchdowns on the ground from running back Devin Moore, and Wynel Seldon added 21 carries for 92 yards and a score.

It was a long day for Sween who was benched midway through the third quarter after his third interception gave Ohio a chance to build on a 23-13 lead. Wyoming's defense held the Bobcats to a punt after Sween's pick, however, and the Cowboys drove 74 yards on three running plays. Moore's 17-yard scamper with 4:23 left in the third quarter brought Wyoming within 20-23.

Backup quarterback Ian Hetrick proved even less effective than Sween. He threw an interception on the Cowboys' next possession, and Ohio defensive end Jameson Hartke returned the pick 30 yards for a touchdown, giving the Bobcats a 30-20 lead with 13:11 left in the fourth quarter.

Sween reentered the game on the Pokes' next series, but the Cowboys turned once again to their running backs. Seldon found the end zone on a four-yard run with 11:10 remaining, and kicker Billy Vinnedge's extra point made the score 30-27.

A long kickoff return followed by a 38-yard pass from Ohio quarterback Brad Bower to wide receiver Matt Donahue gave the Bobcats the ball on the Cowboys' 23-yard line, but Bower fumbled the snap two plays later, and Wyoming's Sean Claffey dived on the ball.

Sween completed three passes on the Cowboys' next possession before throwing his fourth interception—this time to strong safety Michael Mitchell, who danced his way back to the Wyoming 30-yard line. A 15-yard penalty on a late hit by Wyoming's Julius Stinson set up Michael Braunstein's 30-yard field goal, and the Bobcats led 33-27 with 5:04 to play.

Seldon and Moore combined for 38 yards on Wyoming's next possession before Seldon got stuffed on third-and-four from the Ohio five-yard line with 2:17 remaining. It set up fourth-and-four, and an overthrown pass from Sween appeared to end the Cowboys' drive before a referee's whistle revealed that the Bobcats had called timeout just before the snap. Sween dropped back a second time and fired a dart between two defenders to Ford for the win.

Sween finished the game 26-of-36 for 174 yards and two touchdowns. His first score—a four-yard pass to David Leonard—capped off the game's opening drive, an 82-yard effort that saw Sween complete six out of eight passes for 33 yards.

Ford led all Wyoming receivers with 53 yards on five catches, and Greg Bolling added six catches for 47 yards.

Donahue led the Ohio attack with four receptions for 113 yards.

Wyoming's 10th-ranked defense held star running back Kalvin McRae to just 57 yards on 16 carries, forced Bower into two first-half interceptions and recovered two Ohio fumbles. The secondary struggled at times to stop the Bobcat passing attack, however, giving up 227 yards through the air, including a 68-yard touchdown strike from Bower to tight end Andrew Mooney late in the first half that gave the Bobcats their biggest lead of the game to that point at 17-6.

Mooney's touchdown catch was part of a 10-point run by Ohio in the final minute and a half of the second quarter. The Bobcats defense held the Cowboys to a punt on the ensuing drive, and a 37-yard run by McRae followed by a six-yard run off a fake kick set up Braunstein's 27-yard field goal as the first half came to a close.

The 20-6 halftime deficit was the biggest of the season for the Cowboys so far in 2007, and the team's seven total turnovers (five interceptions, two fumbles) marked a season high as well.

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