The Wyoming defense held USU to 27 points below their season average, and only allowed 194 yards of offense, but a special teams touchdown by USU and an interception deep in Cowboy territory provided the difference for the Aggies.
A 56-yard touchdown by USU’s Darwin Thompson opened the scoring, and Wyoming’s Cooper Rothe made a 27-yard field goal – one of three made field goals for Rothe on the day – to answer the score. Utah State added a field goal of its own to make the halftime score 10-3. The Aggies scored two touchdowns in the third quarter sandwiched around a Rothe field goal before Nico Evans, the Mountain West’s leading rusher, tacked on a 53-yard rushing touchdown to pull the cowboys within 11. Roth added his final field goal, and the Cowboys were stopped on their next drive on fourth down making the final score 24-16.
The Cowboys were led on offense by Sean Chambers, who was 3-of-5 passing for 62 yards while adding 100 yards of his own on the ground. Evans recorded 133 rushing yards and a touchdown on 25 carries and caught two passes for forty yards. Defensively, Logan Wilson recorded 11 stops, including one tackle for loss, and an interception for the Cowboys.
For the Aggies, Jordan Love was 12-of-28 passing for 53 yards and an interception. Thompson added 109 yards and a touchdown on the ground, while Aaren Vaughns caught two passes for 14 yards. Defensively, David Woodward had 16 tackles and a forced fumble.
The Cowboys return to the field on Friday, Oct. 26, for the 2018 edition of the Border War against Colorado State in Fort Collins. Kickoff is scheduled for 8:00 p.m.