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ALEXANDER CLIMBS TOUCHDOWN LIST: Wyoming junior running back Alvester Alexander moved into a tie for sixth in program history in career rushing touchdowns.

Alexander scored his 22nd rushing touchdown in the first quarter of Wyoming's 35-32 victory over Weber State, tying him with former running back Wynel Seldon.

Eddie Talboom holds the school record with 34 career rushing touchdowns.

HERRON ENJOYS BREAKOUT PERFORMANCE: Robert Herron caught the game-winning touchdown with 22 seconds left in the fourth quarter, but his first touchdown grab was also noteworthy.

The sophomore's 45-yard touchdown reception with 12:14 left in the third quarter was the first of his career. Herron finished the game with seven receptions for 104 yards and two touchdowns -- showing his move to fulltime receiver might have been smart.

ROOKIES IN ACTION: The Cowboys played 11 true freshmen in their season opener.

Quarterback Brett Smith and linebacker Mark Nzeocha each started.

Others who participated included: defensive back Chad Reese, kicker Daniel Sullivan, cornerback DeAndre Jones, cornerback Blair Burns, receiver Dominic Rufran, receiver Trey Norman, linebacker Alex Borgs, long snapper Zach Ewan and receiver Josh Doctson.

2-0 AGAINST THE WILDCATS: Dave Christensen's first victory as a head coach came two years ago against Weber State. That one was also a close, with the Pokes pulling out a 29-22 victory in 2009.

"This win win probably wasn't the way I thought it would happen, but it's a win nonetheless," Christensen said Saturday. "We're 1-0, and we need to find a way to get to 2-0."

DIMINISHING RETURNS: After handing Weber State a steady dose of the running game in the first half with Alvester Alexander, Brandon Miller and Ghaali Muhammad, the Cowboys went away from the run in the second half.

UW rushed for 101 yards on 22 carries in the first half but toted the ball 16 times for 51 yards in the second half.

HALL OF FAME HONORED: UW honored its 2011 Hall of Fame class during a halftime ceremony.

Inducted Friday night were: women's volleyball coach Mike English; former track star Wesley Maiyo; wrestler Robert Mason; track star Shauna Smith; swimmer Scott Usher; football player Jim Walden; and the 1986-87 men's basketball team.

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