On an amazing autumn day the Wyoming Cowboys 1–3 (0−1 MWC) took on the Air Force Falcons 3–1 (2−0 MWC) to begin their Mountain West Conference season. It was Military Day at Jonah Field and all members of the armed forces, those who are with us and those who no longer are, were honored before the National Anthem. The Cowboys faced the Falcons for the 49th time. Air Force leads the series 26−20−3.
In the first quarter both teams worked the clock and moved the ball down the field. Both teams got within 10 yards of the endzone but neither team could put any points on the board. Wyoming’s Austyn Carta-Samuels threw in interception in the endzone for the only turnover of the game. The Falcons then marched down the field with relative ease, to end the first quarter.
To start the second quarter Air Force attempts a short field goal but misses wide right. The Cowboys get the ball on their own 20-yard-line and take Air Force’s option down the field for an eventual rushing touchdown by Alvester Alexander. The Falcons then did the same and scored a rushing touchdown of their own by Jared Tew. The Falcons then moved the ball down the field very quickly for a field goal attempt to end the half. Unfortunately for the Falcons, the snap was short and then muffed. No kick attempted. At halftime the game was tied at 7–7.
In the first half Wyoming’s offense was led by running back Alvester Alexander with 16 rushes for 110 yards and a touchdown. Austyn Carta-Samuels was 1-for-3 with an interception and 37 rushing yards. Wyoming actually led in rushing 140 yards –135 yards.
Air Force was led statistically by quarterback Tim Jefferson who went 4-for-8 for 58 yards and also rushed for 41 yards. The Falcons also rode the legs of runningback Jared Tew who ran for 61 yards on 11 carries and a touchdown. The Falcons got the ball to begin the second half.
The second half was not much like the first half. The Pokes just couldn’t keep up with the dominating offense of Air Force’s option. The Cowboys did their best in the third quarter and put themselves ahead of the Falcons 14–7, but their lead didn’t last long. After Wyoming put themselves ahead on the scoreboard they were pulverized by a 16 play drive that took over eight minutes off the clock.
The further that the game went into the second half – the more dominating the Air Force option seemed to be. In the fourth quarter the Cowboys offense struggled horribly and gave up the ball with a late interception which put the Cowboys hopes of victory out of reach. Final score at War Memorial Stadium on Military Day was 20–14 in favor of the Falcons.
Leading in statistics for Wyoming was Alexander with 22 carries for 123 yards and two rushing touchdowns. Carta-Samuels went 6-for-11 for 66 yards with two interceptions and 60 yards on the ground. Wearing Ruben Narcisse’s number 12 jersey was Chris Prosinski who had and interception in the third quarter.
The Falcons were led by Jefferson who went 5-for-12 with 66 yards and an interception as well as 94 yards and a touchdown on the ground. Air Force was also led by Tew who had 27 carries for 136 yards and a touchdown. Running back Nathan Walker also contributed a touchdown and 24 yards on the ground.
Next week the Cowboys are on the road to face the Toledo Rockets 3–1 (2−0 MAC) in Ohio. That game will be followed by a trip to #4 TCU 4–0 before the Cowboys return home. The following week won’t be much easier for the Cowboys. When Wyoming finally returns home, they will face their MWC rivals #13 Utah 3–0 (2−0 MWC).