BYU Trounces Wyoming

Anyone who hoped Wyoming's 50-0 collapse against the Utes was simply a one-time thing can take solace in the fact that the Pokes lost by only half that much on Saturday. For the rest of us, there's always next week—or maybe next year.

It wasn't a 50-point blowout.

But then again, it wasn't much better.

Wyoming dropped its sixth game of the season on Saturday to BYU, 35-10. The loss, coming on the heels of a 50-0 thrashing by Utah the previous week, was a tough one to swallow, said Cowboys linebacker Sean Claffey.

"It's tough. I'm not saying I have any regrets, but we were just that close," the linebacker said, one of 12 seniors playing in their final home game at War Memorial Stadium.

BYU quarterback Max Hall spoiled Senior Day for the Cowboys with a 331-yard, three-touchdown performance. Cougar tailback Harvey Unga rushed for 110 yards—just the second player to crack the century mark against the Cowboys in their last sixteen games. The Wyoming defense, ranked No. 14 in the country at the start of the day, gave up nearly 500 yards for the second straight week.

The Pokes struggled offensively as well, totaling 277 yards of offense and just nine yards on the ground—136 yards below their season average.

"We seemed to move the ball pretty well, but we just needed to capitalize," wide receiver Michael Ford said.

Cowboys quarterback Karsten Sween finished the game 17-of-29 for 217 yards and an interception. Sween's totals for the season are now 12 touchdowns and 17 picks.

The last two weeks, the Cowboys have managed just 10 offensive points and have given up 85.

Cowboys head coach Joe Glenn said that while the result isn't what they wanted, he was still proud of his team.

"We played as hard as we could. I didn't see anyone give up and I'm proud of them," Glenn said.

The Pokes travel to Ft. Collins, Colo. for the Border War against Colorado State on Nov. 23, and for the seniors on the team, Claffey said it would be a fitting end.

"It's all I could ask for, to have a chance to retain the Boot for the rest of my life, and beat CSU."

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