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The only first down Wyoming allowed in the first half of its season-opening win at New Mexico State came in the waning moments, as the Cowboys' defense positioned itself to defend against a long touchdown rather than a 10-yard gain. Wyoming allowed just seven first downs overall in that win. Since then, though, the Cowboys have allowed a combined 57 first downs to Washington State and Missouri -- enough to be ranked 118th nationally. In fact, the Cowboys currently sit tied for 122nd (seventh worst) in the nation with 64, though the fact that they have played three games puts them at a disadvantage.


Wyoming has lost its last two games by lopsided scores that would seem to prompt run-heavy second halves from its opponents. Still, the Cowboys rank 25th nationally in rushing yards per game allowed (89.7). It helps that the Aggies ran for minus-9 yards against the Cowboys, but Mike Leach's Cougars also ran for just 75 yards. The rub lies with Missouri, which ran for 203 yards on 46 carries -- averaging 0.7 more yards per carry than it had against Tennessee-Martin. On the flip side, Wyoming's pass defense is 104th nationally.


Prior to first-year head coach Josh Conklin, Mike Ayers had coached Wofford for 30 seasons before retiring in 2017. Ayers won more than 200 games at Wofford, leading the Terriers to eight Football Championship Subdivision (formerly Division I-AA) playoff appearances, five Southern Conference titles and a 59.8 winning percentage. The Southern Conference Hall of Fame honoree took over in Wofford's first season as a Division II independent, having previously been in the NAIA.


The Terriers set a new school record in their 59-14 Week Two win against VMI, recording 672 total yards of offense. The previous school record of 647 yards was set in 1925 against Piedmont College. Of last week's 672 yards, 451 came on the ground and 221 came through the air. The Terriers ran for five touchdowns and threw for two against the Keydets as they improved to 2-0 under Conklin. Wofford actually ran eight fewer plays than VMI but won the yardage battle by 355 yards, notching 9.7 yards per play.

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Brandon Foster reports on University of Wyoming athletics. He joined the Star-Tribune in 2016 after graduating from the University of Missouri and covering Mizzou athletics for two years. A St. Louis native, he lives in Laramie.

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