The Wyoming Cowboys football team fell 38-14 to Hawai’i on Saturday to finish the regular season with a 6-6 record. Despite the loss, the Pokes posted their fifth bowl-eligible season in the …
The Wyoming Cowboys football team fell 38-14 to Hawai’i on Saturday to finish the regular season with a 6-6 record. Despite the loss, the Pokes posted their fifth bowl-eligible season in the past six years and will now hope for a bowl invitation.
Wyoming head coach Craig Bohl acknowledged the disappointment of Saturday’s loss, which followed one of the Cowboys’ best games of the season just a week ago in a win at Utah State. He also credited Hawai’i (6-7) for its strong performance.
“We are going to lick our wounds,” Bohl said. “Hopefully we have an opportunity to continue to play.”
Wyoming cornerback Azizi Hearn echoed his coach’s hopes for postseason play, saying a bowl invite would mean a lot.
“We lost some tough games, but we won some games people didn’t think we’d win this year,” said Hearn. “I’d be surprised if we didn’t get a bowl game; I think we deserve one.”
On Saturday in Laramie, Hawai’i jumped out to a 24-0 lead behind quarterback Chevan Cordeiro, who finished the day completing 19 of 31 passes for 323 yards, three touchdowns and one interception, plus 86 rushing yards.
Wyoming scored its first touchdown with 1:36 remaining in the first half, on a 4-yard run by Titus Swen. However, Hawai’i scored on a 50-yard hail mary from Cordeiro to Jared Smart right before the half to make it 31-7.
The Cowboys got a 30-yard TD pass from Levi Williams to Isaiah Neyor to make it 31-14 late in the third quarter, but that was as close as they got.
Williams completed 15 of 24 passes (62.5%) for 161 yards and a touchdown, while adding 43 yards rushing. Senior Xazavian Valladay rushed for 42 yards and caught another 19.