Cowboy Notebook: Wilson Continues to Climb the Cowboys' Defensive Ledger

Tracy Ringolsby

From the desk of Tim Harkins/Wyoming Athletic Department

Linebacker Logan Wilson moved into a tie for 10th on Wyoming's all-time interception list with his second pick of the season and eighth of his career on Saturday night.

He is tied with Jacque Finn, a former Cowboy who like Wilson is from Casper. Finn had eight interceptions during his Cowboy career from 2000-03. 

Big Picture

•Wyoming is now 6-3 for the 2019 season and 3-2 in the Mountain West Conference.

•The Cowboys took a 10-7 lead at halftime and took a 17-10 lead at the end of the third quarter. It marked the second  consecutive visit to Boise that Wyoming led Boise State at halftime and at the end of the third quarter only to lose the game - this time in one overtime 17-20. In 2017, the Pokes held a 7-3 halftime lead in Boise and also led at the end of the third quarter in 2017 by a score of 14-10 before losing 14-24 to the Broncos. 

•Wyoming’s all-time overtime record now stands at 8-8, and the Cowboys are 4-6 in overtime games on the road.

Offensive Notes

•Xazavian Valladay recorded his third consecutive 100-yard rushing game and fourth of his career. Valladay rushed for  124 yards vs. Boise State and had one rushing touchdown. 

•Tyler Vander Waal completed 15 of 23 passes (65.2 percent) for 160 yards and he rushed for one touchdown.

•Senior tight end Josh Harshman caught a career high six passes against Boise State. He had 48 yards receiving, the  second best receiving yardage game of his career. 

•The Poke offense accounted for 283 yards of total offense compared to 285 for Boise State. UW outgained the

Broncos on the ground, 123 rushing yards to 91 for Boise State. The Broncos outgained the Cowboys through the air,  194 passing yards for the Broncos to 160 for the Cowboys. 

•Wyoming was 7 of 17 (41.2 percent) on third downs vs. Boise State.

•The Pokes did not commit any turnovers in the game

Defensive Notes

•Defensive tackle Javaree Jackson forced a fumble and recovered the fumble in the third quarter that led to Wyoming  taking a 17-10 lead four plays later. It was the 14th takeaway by the Cowboys this season. Wyoming has scored 55 points off those forced turnovers. 

•Wyoming forced a second takeaway (15th of the season) when linebacker Logan Wilson intercepted a pass on Boise  State’s final possession of the fourth quarter to send the game to overtime. 

•Wilson’s interception was the second of the season for him and the eighth of his career. That ties him for 10th in  Wyoming school history. He is tied with another former Cowboy from Casper, Wyo., in Jacque Finn, who had eight interceptions during his Cowboy career from 2000-03. 

•Wilson recorded 10 tackles vs. Boise State and improved his career tackle total to 388, moving him into the No. 4 spot

on the Wyoming career tackle list passing former Cowboy safety John Salley, who had 379 tackles from 1979-82.

•Wilson also moved into the No. 6 spot in Mountain West history in career tackles (388), passing Christian Tago of San

Jose State. Tago had 384 tackles from 2013-16.

•Wilson had 1.0 tackle for a loss against Boise State, improving his career total to 34.0 career tackles for loss. He ranks

No. 4 in Wyoming history in career tackles for loss.

•Both Wilson and senior strong safety Alijah Halliburton recorded 10 tackles vs. Boise. It was the 14th double-figure

tackle game of Wilson's career and the fifth of Halliburton's career.

Special Team Notes

•Cowboy place-kicker Cooper Rothe made his 55th career field goal in the second quarter on a 39-yard field goal to take  sole possession of second place on the Wyoming career field-goal list. He moved ahead of Cory Wedel (54 field goals from 1994-97). Rothe trails only Sean Fleming, who is the Wyoming career record holder having made 57 field goals from 1988-91.

• Austin Conway, the leading punt returner in the MW, has three punt returns over 15 yards over the last two games.  Those three returns have all set up Cowboy scores. 

Head coach Craig Bohl

--“It was a game between two really good football teams. Both teams played really, really hard and you knew it was going to come down to a play or two. You win as a team and you lose as a team. It really hurts when you put it all on the line like our guys did and then come up short. 

--“We were able to put some pressure on their quarterback and for a good portion of the game I thought our  defense really negated their running game. 

-- “Tyler (Vander Waal) went out and competed and X (Xazavian Valladay) did too. I thought our offensive  line did a nice job -- we’ve got a lot of young guys in there. 

--“I feel for Cooper (Rothe). He is a guy who takes ownership of what he does. I know he’s disappointed, but  we need to support this football team, lick our wounds and get ready to play another game. 

--“I know as a coaching staff we’ll be in the office bright and early tomorrow morning getting our game plan  ready for the Utah State game next Saturday.”