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31 Wyoming has not only been opportunistic, but the Cowboys have been efficient when given extra possessions. Wyoming has forced six turnovers this season and scored 31 points off of them. That’s more than half of the Cowboys’ point total this season, and the defense has taken care of the points itself at times as Wyoming has scored defensive touchdowns in back-to-back games. Cashing in on those takeaways has largely been the difference for Wyoming in two games they’ve won by a combined 15 points. Idaho has turned it over three times this season.

408.5 When the Cowboys’ defense hasn’t taken the ball away, it’s been gouged through the air. After giving up 423 passing yards to Missouri, Wyoming yielded 394 to Texas State. That averages out to 408.5 passing yards allowed per game, which ranks 128th out of 130 Football Bowl Subdivision teams. Teams are averaging 12.8 yards per completion against the Cowboys — third-most in the Mountain West. Getting pressure up front plays into how long the back end is asked to hold up in coverage, but the Cowboys will be tested by another pass-happy team in Idaho.

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82 As much of a struggle as it’s been stopping the passing game to this point, the Cowboys have been just as stingy against the run. Wyoming is yielding just 82 yards per game on the ground, good for 23rd nationally. The Cowboys held Texas State to a sack-aided 50 net rushing yards last week and notched eight tackles for loss. Wyoming is limiting opponents to just 2.56 yards per rush — third-fewest in the Mountain West. Idaho is rushing for just 142 yards per game. Making the Vandals one-dimensional would help Wyoming in its effort to get to Idaho’s quarterbacks and take control of a game it should control.

55 Idaho’s defense has had trouble stopping everything through the first two weeks of its season. The Vandals are yielding 55 points per game after allowing 31 last week to Central Washington, a Division II team. It was even uglier for the Vandals against Power Five opponent Penn State, which overwhelmed Idaho in a 79-7 win. Idaho ranks 87th in the FCS against the run (222.5 yards allowed per game) and 90th in pass defense (293.5 yards allowed per game). It’s by far the weakest defense Wyoming has seen to this point. Whether the Cowboys’ offense can execute enough to take advantage of it is the question.

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College Sports Reporter

Davis Potter is the University of Wyoming athletics reporter. An Alabama native and 2011 Auburn University graduate, Potter joined the Star-Tribune in 2018 after five years covering Ole Miss and the Southeastern Conference. He lives in Laramie.

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