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Wyoming Cowboys vs. Boise State Broncos Preview and Predictions 11-09-2019


No. 21 Boise State looks to remain unbeaten in Mountain West play when it hosts pesky Wyoming on Saturday. The Broncos, who are ranked No. 22 in the initial College Football Playoff poll, are atop the Mountain Division, but Air Force, Wyoming and Utah State are all in close pursuit with just one conference setback.

Boise State's defense was shaky in last Saturday's 52-42 win over San Jose State, but freshman running back George Holani displayed why he's viewed as a future star by rushing for season bests of 126 yards and four touchdowns. "George came in here and physically was more ready to play (than typical freshmen) and, I think, mentally," Broncos coach Bryan Harsin said during a press conference. "That's probably the one thing we underestimated, too. The guy's got one speed. It's full." Wyoming only averages seven pass completions per game and it remains to be seen how the offense is tweaked with redshirt freshman quarterback Sean Chambers ruled out for the season with a knee injury. Sophomore Tyler Vander Waal, who is 4-of-16 passing this season, will replace the run-oriented Chambers.

TV: 10:15 p.m. ET, ESPN. LINE: Boise State -13

ABOUT WYOMING (6-2, 3-1 Mountain West): Vander Waal started nine games last season but he completed just 48.8 percent of his passes for 1,310 yards, five touchdowns and four interceptions. "I think I'm in a different place than I was last year mentally and even as a quarterback leadership-wise, too," Vander Waal told reporters. "I'm just ready to go out there and show people what I'm capable of, and I think a lot of people could throw in the towel looking at our next four games, and we can go 0-4 because we're playing four good teams. But I think we're not going to skip a beat offensively." The Cowboys allow just 17.6 points per game with senior safety Alijah Halliburton leading the defense with a team-high 76 tackles and redshirt freshman defensive end Solomon Byrd contributing a team-best six sacks.

ABOUT BOISE STATE (7-1, 4-0): Freshman quarterback Hank Bachmeier returned from a one-game absence due to a hip injury to complete 13-of-17 passes for 213 yards and one interception in the shootout with San Jose State. "I just do whatever I can for this team," Bachmeier (1,760 yards, nine touchdowns, four interceptions) told reporters. "I know that every single one of my teammates is going to do whatever they can for us to win the game, so I'm going to do my best just to help us win." Junior pass rusher Curtis Weaver has 10.5 sacks this season and ranks third in school history with 31, one behind second-place Chris Wing (1994-96).

EXTRA POINTS

1. Boise State is 12-1 all-time against Wyoming, including a 6-0 mark at home.

2. Broncos senior WR John Hightower leads the team with 584 receiving yards and has topped 100 in three of the past four games.

3. Cowboys sophomore RB Xazavian Valladay has a team-best 631 rushing yards, which includes a career-high 206 in a win over Nevada.

Prediction

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Albertsons Stadium
Boise, Idaho, USA.
Capacity: 37,000

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Last Injuries

Boise State Broncos

  • Curtis Weaver

    Foot
    Ques Sat | questionable

    Weaver has a foot injury, and it is uncertain if he will play Saturday against Utah State.

  • Hank Bachmeier

    Shoulder
    Ques Sat | questionable

    Bachmeir missed the last game with a shoulder injury, and his availability against Utah State on Saturday is in question.

  • DeAndre Pierce

    Ankle
    Out indefinitely | out

    Pierce is unlikely to return to the lineup for the remainder of the regular season due to a high-ankle fracture.

  • Kekoa Nawahine

    Lower Body
    day-to-day | questionable

    Nawahine missed the last game with a lower-body injury, and it is unclear if he will play Saturday versus New Mexico.

  • Robert Mahone

    Leg
    day-to-day | questionable

    Mahone missed the last game with a leg injury, and it is unclear if he will suit up against New Mexico on Saturday.

  • John Molchon

    Foot
    day-to-day | questionable

    Molchon is nursing a right foot injury, and it is uncertain if he will line up against Wyoming on Saturday.

Wyoming Cowboys

  • Ben Wisdorf

    Lower Body
    Ques Fri | questionable

    Wisdorf missed the last game with a lower-body injury. His status is unclear against Colorado State on Friday.

  • Xazavian Valladay

    Knee
    Prob Fri | probable

    Valladay is projected to be in Friday's lineup versus Colorado State despite a knee injury.

  • Trey Smith

    Ankle
    Ques Fri | questionable

    Smith is recovering from a significant left ankle injury. It is unknown if he will be ready to play Friday versus Colorado State.

boise-state-broncos-football Stats 2019-2020

Passing
Player GP GS PR PLY PPA PPC PPI PPS PSY PT PY
Player GP GS PR PLY PPA PPC PPI PPS PSY PT PY
Chase Cord 3 0 175.000 0 12 6 0 0 0 2 100
Hank Bachmeier 4 0 147.618 0 136 87 3 0 0 6 1190
Russing
Player GP GS RNY RLY RP RT
Player GP GS RNY RLY RP RT
Robert Mahone 4 0 288 0 50 4
George Holani 4 0 222 0 47 0
Andrew Van Buren 4 0 56 0 15 0
Chase Cord 3 0 34 0 3 1
Jaylon Henderson 1 0 13 0 2 0
Receiving
Player GP GS RY RLY RR RT RT
Player GP GS RY RLY RR RT RT
CT Thomas 3 0 283 0 14 0 3
Khalil Shakir 4 0 246 0 19 0 1
John Hightower 4 0 198 0 13 0 2
John Bates 3 0 157 0 11 0 1
Akilian Butler 4 0 148 0 12 0 0
Defense
Player GP GS DST DAT DFF DFR DI DIY DFD DS DSY DTFL
Player GP GS DST DAT DFF DFR DI DIY DFD DS DSY DTFL
Ezekiel Noa 4 0 13 15 0 0 0 0 0 1 3 3
Kekaula Kaniho 4 0 13 4 1 0 1 50 2 1 9 5
Jalen Walker 4 0 12 4 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 2
Curtis Weaver 4 0 10 7 0 0 0 0 1 6 35 7
Riley Whimpey 4 0 10 13 1 0 0 0 0 1 6 1
Kicking
Player GP GS FGS FGA FGSLY EPKA EPKS
Player GP GS FGS FGA FGSLY EPKA EPKS
Eric Sachse 4 0 7 8 41 15 14
Joel Velazquez 4 0 0 1 0 0 0
Kick Returning
Player GP GS KR KRF KRLY KRY
Player GP GS KR KRF KRLY KRY
John Hightower 4 0 6 0 98 217
Avery Williams 4 0 1 0 0 0
Nick Provenzano 1 0 1 0 10 10
Fumbles
Player GP GS F FL FRLBO FRT OFR OFRT
Player GP GS F FL FRLBO FRT OFR OFRT
Hank Bachmeier 4 0 5 2 0 0 0 0
Andrew Van Buren 4 0 2 1 0 0 0 0
Akilian Butler 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
George Holani 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
Punting
Player GP GS P PGY PIT PLY PP PT TT
Player GP GS P PGY PIT PLY PP PT TT
Chase Cord 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3
CT Thomas 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3
Hank Bachmeier 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 7
Joel Velazquez 4 0 0 502 0 52 14 0 0
John Bates 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
Punt Returning
Player GP GS PR PRF PRLY PRY
Player GP GS PR PRF PRLY PRY
Avery Williams 4 0 6 0 28 30

wyoming-cowboys-football Stats 2019-2020

Passing
Player GP GS PR PLY PPA PPC PPI PPS PSY PT PY
Player GP GS PR PLY PPA PPC PPI PPS PSY PT PY
Sean Chambers 4 0 91.679 0 71 27 1 0 0 1 438
Tyler Vander Waal 1 0 46.067 0 6 1 0 0 0 0 21
Austin Conway 4 0 .000 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
Russing
Player GP GS RNY RLY RP RT
Player GP GS RNY RLY RP RT
Sean Chambers 4 0 279 0 42 4
Trey Smith 4 0 227 0 44 3
Xazavian Valladay 3 0 167 0 30 1
Titus Swen 4 0 166 0 43 0
Raghib Ismail Jr. 3 0 13 0 2 1
Receiving
Player GP GS RY RLY RR RT RT
Player GP GS RY RLY RR RT RT
Raghib Ismail Jr. 3 0 85 0 4 0 0
Austin Conway 4 0 77 0 7 0 0
Ayden Eberhardt 3 0 71 0 3 0 1
Jackson Marcotte 3 0 58 0 3 0 0
Gunner Gentry 2 0 57 0 2 0 0
Defense
Player GP GS DST DAT DFF DFR DI DIY DFD DS DSY DTFL
Player GP GS DST DAT DFF DFR DI DIY DFD DS DSY DTFL
Alijah Halliburton 4 0 27 16 0 1 0 0 0 1 7 4
Logan Wilson 4 0 23 18 0 0 0 0 5 0 0 3
Chad Muma 4 0 14 9 0 0 0 0 0 1 8 3
C.J. Coldon 3 0 11 3 0 1 0 0 2 0 0 1
Keyon Blakenbaker 4 0 11 7 0 0 0 0 7 0 0 0
Kicking
Player GP GS FGS FGA FGSLY EPKA EPKS
Player GP GS FGS FGA FGSLY EPKA EPKS
Cooper Rothe 4 0 6 10 47 12 12
Kick Returning
Player GP GS KR KRF KRLY KRY
Player GP GS KR KRF KRLY KRY
Tyler Hall 4 0 3 0 52 108
Fumbles
Player GP GS F FL FRLBO FRT OFR OFRT
Player GP GS F FL FRLBO FRT OFR OFRT
Sean Chambers 4 0 1 1 0 0 0 0
Punting
Player GP GS P PGY PIT PLY PP PT TT
Player GP GS P PGY PIT PLY PP PT TT
Ayden Eberhardt 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
Raghib Ismail Jr. 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
Ryan Galovich 4 0 0 1126 0 64 26 0 0
Sean Chambers 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5
Trey Smith 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3
Punt Returning
Player GP GS PR PRF PRLY PRY
Player GP GS PR PRF PRLY PRY
Austin Conway 4 0 8 0 45 94