Wyoming has had two players rush for at least 100 yards in five of its last six games. With Nico Evans gone from last season’s team, Wyoming’s tag team recently has been Evans’ replacement, Xazavian Valladay, and quarterback Sean Chambers. Valladay has hit the century mark in his last two games dating back to last season’s finale against New Mexico while Chambers is emerging as one of the more forceful runners in the Mountain West regardless of position. Chambers has rushed for 100-plus in all four games of his career in which he’s played at least two quarters.
10 in sight
Senior linebacker Logan Wilson is on the cusp of becoming one of the top-10 tacklers in Wyoming history. The Casper native’s 13 tackles against Missouri moved him past former teammate Marcus Epps for 11th on the program’s all-time list. Wilson, who now has 329 career tackles, needs six stops against Texas State to pass Tyler Gottschalk for 10th on that list. The 6-foot-2, 250-pounder has never had fewer than 94 tackles in a season and is going for his third straight 100-tackle season.
Wyoming took a significant dip last season when it came to forcing turnovers, but the Cowboys will try to keep them coming this season after forcing two fumbles and notching an interception against Missouri. Wyoming is already 20 percent of the way to matching the 15 turnovers they forced all of last season after creating 38 takeaways in 2017. The Cowboys may not get back to that number, but this weekend looks like a prime opportunity to keep them coming. Texas State, which ranked 103rd in the Football Bowl Subdivision in turnover margin last season, coughed it up four times last week against Texas A&M.
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Wyoming has won five straight games dating back to last season, matching the longest winning streak of the Craig Bohl era. Now the Cowboys will go for their longest winning streak in more than two decades. A sixth straight win would be the program’s longest since Wyoming won seven straight during the 1998 season. Three of the Cowboys’ wins during the streak have come by multiple scores. Their last loss came Oct. 20 of last season against Utah State.
The oddsmakers in Vegas have Wyoming as a 7-point favorite in this one, but the last trip to San Marcos, Texas, wasn’t exactly nice to the Cowboys. Wyoming will be trying to avenge a 42-21 loss at Bobcat Stadium on Sept. 28, 2013. Both programs are in different places now with different coaches. Wyoming has put together three straight bowl-eligible seasons under Bohl while Texas State, under first-year coach Jake Spavital, is trying to snap a streak of four straight losing seasons.
This year’s meeting will be the fourth all-time between the teams. Wyoming holds a 2-1 edge in the series, including a 45-10 win in Laramie two years ago in the teams’ most recent matchup. Both of the Cowboys’ wins in the series have come by a score of 45-10. The Cowboys are 5-2 all-time against Sun Belt teams but have lost two of their last three games against the league.