Wyoming Cowboys' Dramatic 16-13 Border War Victory in the Snow in Laramie in 2017 Featured on Cowboy Classics
From the desk of Nick Seeman/Wyoming Athletic Department
Laramie -- Wyoming's come-from-behind 16-13 victory against Colorado State emotional victory against Colorado State at War Memorial Stadium on Nov. 4, 2017 will be rebroadcast as this week's Cowboy Classic Feature.
The game will be shown on the University of Wyoming official Facebook page at @wyoathletics at 6 p.m., MT, on Wednesday.
There have been many memorable games in the 109-year history of "The Border War", but on this night the Wyoming Cowboys came from behind in the closing minutes to beat the Rams for the second time in what has become a four-year winning streak.
The Cowboys seemed in trouble when quarterback Josh Allen fumbled, and as he laid on the ground after the play was dead was stepped on by a CSU defensive back. The Cowboys defense then huddled, while CSU was celebrating on the sideline and waving their turnover buckle.
After the turnover, however, the Cowboys stopped the Rams on fourth down. They took over with 7:09 remaining and facing the challenge of going 69 yards in a heavy snow to take the lead.
Allen hit fullback Drew Van Maanen for a 17-yard gain on first down, moving the ball to the Wyoming 48. Redshirt sophomore Kellen Overstreet, who did not have a carry entering the fourth quarter, was inserted into the lineup and on his first carry gained 16 yards to the CSU 36-yard line.
At the end of the run, Colorado State was called for a face-mask penalty, moving the ball to the Colorado State 21. Overstreet would gain four and three yards on the next two plays. On a third and three from the CSU 14, Allen carried for five yards to make it first and goal from the nine. Allen would keep the ball on the next play and gain six down to the three-yard line. Overstreet then ran the last three yards on the seventh play of the drive, to give Wyoming its only lead of the game at 15-13. Cowboy place-kicker Cooper Rothe hit the extra point to make it 16-13, with 4:21 left in the game.
The final drive would see a steady combination of Overstreet and Allen. Overstreet carried for five yards on first down. CSU called the first of its remaining two timeouts. Allen then carried for four, and the Rams called their final remaining timeout at the 2:25 mark. With a third and one from the Wyoming 36, Allen fought for two yards and a first down. After runs of seven and five yards and another first down at the Cowboy 45, Allen was able to kneel down on the final two plays as Wyoming fans rushed the field.
Van Maanen will be available on Facebook during the Wednesday night telecast to share memories of that game with fans.