Wyoming Pitches Shut Out Against Gardner-Webb, 27-0
The Cowboys earned their first win of the season.
The Cowboys took care of business in their home opener.
A win is a win and the Wyoming Cowboys were dominate from start to finish in their 27-0 victory over Gardner-Webb.
Cowboys quarterback Josh Allen bounced back in a big way by throwing for 328 yards and a pair of touchdowns. Allen also got off to a hot start by completing 10 of his first 11 passes and he also lobbed a few deep balls — which were non-existent against Iowa — with a 31, 34 and 37 yard passes.
There is not a lot one can learn from beating up on an FCS team, but it was good to see Allen go downfield and make a connection not only with C.J. Johnson who had six catches for 130 yards but also Austin Conway who had 11 receptions for 130 yards and a touchdown.
While the passing game was running on all cylinders the ground game was very quiet with just 65 total yards. Kellen Overstreet had 14 carries for 33 yards. With the blowout win one would make the assumption that the ground game would be able to pile up the yards in garbage time but no.
This is a huge concern going forward for Wyoming if there is no ground game to speak of.
On defense, the Cowboys not only pitched a shutout but they held quarterback Tyrell Maxwell to just 2 of 7 passing for 22 yards and Andrew Wingard picked off one of his passes.
The ground game was successful as well by allowing just 3.32 yards per carry and Gardner-Webb really wanted to run the ball as they handed it off 52 times in this game.
They play Oregon next week and the Cowboys must be balanced if they are going to be able pull off that upset.