The Cowboys put up a respectable first quarter fight and took the early lead. However, Oregon quickly shook off the rust and reminded everyone why they are the #2 team in the country.
In a game that showed some first quarter promise for Wyoming, the Cowboys made a big fourth and goal defensive stand and drew first blood with an ensuing 11 play 98 yard drive that was capped off with an 18 yard touchdown pass from Colby Kirkegaard to Tanner Gentry. For Wyoming fans, it was a welcomed surprise start of the first ever meeting between the two teams, and the first quarter ended with the Cowboys leading 7-0.
However, wasting no time in the second quarter (five seconds to be exact), Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota showed his true leadership abilities by immediately responding with a 65 yard drive that ended with him personally delivering the ball 15 yards to the end zone with a sacrificial dive. It was all Oregon from there as they rattled off 4 second quarter touchdowns and 41 consecutive points to take command of the game for good. Statistically, there were some encouraging takeaways for the Cowboys. Specifically, the Cowboys were still able to put up 439 yards against Oregon compared to their 333 yards against Air Force the week prior.
Unfortunately for Wyoming, Oregon's deadly offensive speed found the Cowboys unable to slow any sort of Ducks drive down after the first quarter, which allowed Oregon to have a field day with 556 total yards, 7 touchdowns and no turnovers. Oregon's defensive pressure also proved problematic for Wyoming's Colby Kirkegaard who threw two interceptions and lost a fumble en route to the loss, which also ended Craig Bohl's 26 game win streak as a head coach. Oregon looks to continue to build their case for playoff contention at Washington State next week, while Wyoming looks to regroup next weekend at home against Florida Atlantic before heading for East Lansing to face #13 Michigan State on September 27th.
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