Cow­boys’ rally at­tempt falls short

POIN­SET­TIA BOWL: BYU 24, WYOMING 21

The Denver Post - - SPORTS - By Den­ver Post staff and wire ser­vices

san diego» Wyoming’s fu­ri­ous fourth-quar­ter rally ended in an in­ter­cep­tion as Brigham Young de­feated its once long­time con­fer­ence ri­val 24-21 at a soggy Qual­comm Sta­dium on Wed­nes­day night.

Trail­ing 24-7 early in the fourth quar­ter, the Cow­boys scored two touch­downs and had the ball close to field-goal range in the fi­nal minute be­fore quar­ter­back Josh Allen was in­ter­cepted by Kai Nacua at the BYU 11.

Ja­maal Wil­liams rushed for 210 yards and a touch­down on 26 car­ries for the Cougars (9-5) in the first game be­tween the schools since 2010, when BYU left the Moun­tain West to go in­de­pen­dent.

It their first bowl ap­pear­ance since 2011, the Cow­boys (8-6) fell be­hind early af­ter a bob­bled punt at­tempt deep in their own ter­ri­tory. BYU cap­i­tal­ized with Tan­ner Mangum’s 3-yard touch­down run with 0:38 left in the open­ing quar­ter and added a field goal in the sec­ond quar­ter for a 10-0 half­time lead.

Wyoming fi­nally got on the score­board af­ter Brian Hill’s 4-yard touch­down run with 6:35 left in the third quar­ter.

The Cougars an­swered with a 73yard drive, capped by Mangum’s 5yard TD pass to Tan­ner Balder­ree. Wil­liams’ 36-yard touch­down run made it 24-7 early in the fourth quar­ter. Allen hit Tan­ner Gen­try for a 9yard touch­down to make it 24-14 with 7:35 left. The two con­nected again, this time for 23 yards, to make it 24-21 with 2:11 left.

Wyoming tried an on­side kick that BYU re­cov­ered, but the Cow­boys still had their full al­lot­ment of three time­outs, and forced the Cougars to put af­ter they failed to get a first down.

The Cow­boys then moved to the BYU 32 on a 19-yard pass from Allen to Hill.

But on the next play, Allen scram­bled out of the pocket and tried to throw back across his body near the mid­dle of the field. Nacua snagged the easy pick, and the game was over.

Allen fin­ished the game with 207 pass­ing yards, two touch­down passes and two in­ter­cep­tions. Gen­try caught seven passes for 113 yards and the two touch­downs.

Hill rushed for 93 yards and the touch­down.

Ryan Kang, The As­so­ci­ated Press

BYU quar­ter­back Tan­ner Mangum dives for a touch­down as Wyoming safety An­drew Win­gard, top, leaps over him dur­ing a rainy Poin­set­tia Bowl Wed­nes­day in San Diego.

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