Recap: Fresno State vs. Wyoming
Fresno, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - Brian Hill ran for 281 yards and a pair of touchdowns as his record-setting night led the Wyoming Cowboys to a convincing 45-17 victory over the Fresno State Cowboys in a Mountain West Conference battle at Bulldog Stadium.
Hill's rushing total is the second-highest in school history behind the 302 yards produced by Kevin Lowe versus South Dakota State in 1984. Hill set the school and conference record for all-purpose yards with 387 as the Cowboys (4-5, 2-3 MWC) snapped a four-game slide. Fellow running back Josh Tapscott accounted for 72 yards and another two TDs, while quarterback Colby Kirkegaard hit 19-of-28 for 320 yards and two scores.
The Bulldogs (3-6, 2-3), losers of three in a row after winning three straight, started freshman quarterback Zack Greenlee, but he finished just 7- of-16 for 55 yards before being replaced by Brian Burrell who threw for 94 yards and a TD in the lopsided affair. Marteze Waller carried the ball 18 times for 116 yards and a score, but was overshadowed by the performance of Hill.
Fresno State scored the first points of the night when Waller made it into the end zone after an eight-yard run.
From there Wyoming took over, ripping off three straight touchdowns, beginning with a Hill run of 32 yards at the 8:28 mark of the first. In the second, Kirkegaard combined with Jake Maulhardt on a 16-yard TD pass play, followed by a 66-yard streak by Hill, even though the running back showed signs of an apparent ankle injury.
Before the end of the first half, the Bulldogs stopped the bleeding momentarily with a 28-yard field goal by Kody Kroening, making the score 21-10 at the break.
Following a scoreless third quarter, the Pokes erupted for 24 unanswered points as Tapscott followed up a lengthy run by Hill with a two-yard TD, while Kirkegaard connected with Jacob Hollister on a 66-yard TD pass play to make the score 35-10.
After failing to register a single interception through the first eight games of the campaign, the Cowboys posted a pair on back-to-back FSU plays, both picks coming from Tyran Finley.
The first Finley INT resulted in a 48-yard TD run by Tapscott and the second, which was brought back inside the five-yard line, became a 22-yard field goal by Stuart Williams.
With time running out, Burrell directed a seven-play, 52-yard drive that culminated with a seven-yard TD pass to Aaron Peck, but by then the outcome had already been decided.
The Bulldogs entered the weekend having won all 11 Mountain West Conference home games since moving over from the Western Athletic Conference.
FSU, which had outscored the Cowboys by an average of 33 points the last two years, was 5-4 in the all-time series with Wyoming and was undefeated at home in four previous encounters.
The point total for the Pokes was the most since the team survived an overtime affair against Hawaii last season, 59-56.Game Notes