Turnovers and sacks doom Cow­boys

SAN DIEGO ST. 27, WY­OMING 24

The Denver Post - - SPORTS - By Robert Gagliardi

laramie» Two weeks ago, the Univer­sity of Wy­oming used a bal­anced, time-con­sum­ing of­fense — along with some big plays — and timely de­fen­sive stops to de­feat San Diego State.

The re­match in the Moun­tain West cham­pi­onship game had a dif­fer­ent re­sult.

Wy­oming had few an­swers for San Diego State’s de­fense, at least not un­til it was too late, in a 27-24 loss in front of 24,001 at Jonah Field at War Memo­rial Sta­dium Satur­day night.

The Cow­boys (8-5) lost in their first-ever ap­pear­ance in the game. It was their first con­fer­ence cham­pi­onship game since 1996 and their first De­cem­ber home foot­ball game since 1902.

Wy­oming is ex­pected to ac­cept an in­vi­ta­tion to play in the Poinsettia Bowl on Sun­day, where it will face for­mer Moun­tain West and Western Ath­letic Con­fer­ence ri­val Brigham Young on Dec. 21 in San Diego.

San Diego State (10-3) won its sec­ond con­sec­u­tive MW ti­tle and is ex­pected to ac­cept a bid to the Las Ve­gas Bowl.

Wy­oming scored 34 points, gained 487 yards (205 rush­ing, 282 pass­ing) and pos­sessed the ball for nearly 37 min­utes in a 34-33 win over San Diego State on Nov. 19. In Satur­day’s re­match, San Diego State forced three Wy­oming turnovers, all of which were by Wy­oming red­shirt sopho­more quar­ter­back Josh Allen with two in­ter­cep­tions and one fum­ble. The in­ter­cep­tions were by San Diego State se­nior corner­back Da­mon­tae Kazee — the game’s de­fen­sive most valu­able player.

Wy­oming also ran for just 95 yards, its sec­ond-low­est out­put this sea­son. It also was 2-of-14 on third down and 0-of-3 on fourth down, com­pared with 9-of-17 and 2of-2, re­spec­tively two weeks ago.

Allen and the Cow­boys have had a knack of mak­ing big plays late in games to se­cure vic­to­ries. Af­ter San Diego State scored 24 straight points to lead 24-10 af­ter three quar­ters, Allen made a cou­ple with a 33yard touch­down pass to Tan­ner Gen­try and a 43-yarder to C.J. John­son.

Wy­oming had the ball twice deep in its own ter­ri­tory down 27-24, but gave the ball back on downs both times due to quar­ter­back sacks. San Diego State sacked Allen four times and hit him nu­mer­ous oth­ers. Allen was sacked only twice two weeks ago.

SDSU’s Rashaad Penny and Don­nel Pumphrey both ran for more than 100 yards.

Be­fore the game, the school an­nounced that coach Craig Bohl had signed a con­tract ex­ten­sion. His con­tract now will run through the end of the 2023 sea­son. His orig­i­nal con­tract had two years left on it.

Un­der the new con­tract, Bohl will have a base salary for the first year of $1.4 mil­lion with an­nual in­creases and in­cen­tives.

Wy­oming quar­ter­back Josh Allen kneels in pain af­ter be­ing hit by the San Diego State de­fense in the Moun­tain West cham­pi­onship game. AAron On­tiveroz, The Den­ver Post

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