Wyoming runs over New Mexico 31-3 to become bowl eligible
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Xazavian Valladay and Nico Evans combined for more than 300 yards rushing and three touchdowns for Wyoming as the Cowboys became bowl eligible Saturday with a 31-3 win over New Mexico.
Valladay had 192 yards and two scores, and Evans went for 142 yards and a one touchdown.
The Wyoming (6-6, 4-4 Mountain West) ground game helped overcome a lackluster passing attack as Tyler Vander Waal completed just four passes for 41 yards.
But the Lobos (3-9, 1-7) were even worse through the air as Coltin Gerhart and Sheriron Jones combined for three completions and 34 yards. At halftime, New Mexico had 3 yards passing.
Wyoming took control of the game from the outset, going 65 yards on the opening possession, with Valladay slicing in from 21 yards out.
By halftime, the Cowboys led 14-3 and the game was never seriously in doubt thereafter.
New Mexico managed just 83 total yards, while Wyoming had 366 yards on the ground.
Wyoming has won four in a row and proved to be one of the hotter Mountain West teams over the season’s final month. The Cowboys’ winning streak reversed a four-game losing skid that nearly knocked them from bowl contention.
New Mexico, after consecutive 3-9 seasons, is at a crossroads as the seven-year tenure of coach Bob Davie is on somewhat shaky ground, especially with the attendance mired in a downhill spiral throughout the season, totaling about 100,000.
The Cowboys earned bowl eligibility with their sixth win, but another game is far from assured as, entering the weekend, there were 23 teams vying for the final six bowl spots that had not been unofficially committed. The Mountain West has five guaranteed bowl tie-ins, and the Cowboys are the sixth conference team to be bowl eligible.
New Mexico’s season is over, ending in a seven-game losing streak for the second consecutive season.