Cal Poly 24, Wyoming 22

Deonte Williams rushed for 187 yards, including a 65-yard score

on the game’s fourth play, and Cal Poly held on for a 24-22 win

over Wyoming on Saturday.

The Mustangs (2-0), a FCS school, improved their record to 4-12

against upper-division teams over the last 10 years.

Wyoming (0-3), playing without injured quarterback Brett Smith,

struggled offensively all day but led 15-14 at the half.

Cal Poly reclaimed the lead, 21-15, on a 5-yard pass from Andre

Broadous to Kristaan Ivory late in the third quarter. Bobby Zalud’s

51-yard field goal with 9:49 left put the Mustangs up 24-15 and

proved to be the difference.

Shaun Wick’s third score of the day, a 14-yard rush, drew

Wyoming within 24-22 with 7:34 left. But the Cowboys could not gain

a first down on their final two drives, the last ending in an

interception by Cal Poly’s Nico Molino.

Williams’ 187 yards, a career-high in a Mustang uniform, came on

19 carries. He reeled off long runs on Cal Poly’s first two

possessions, leading to a 14-0 advantage with just over five

minutes gone. The first was a 65-yard TD and the second a 74-yard

scamper that set up Ivory’s 9-yard scoring run.

For quarterback Colby Kirkegaard’s first start, the Cowboys

employed a conservative approach, limiting long passes and relying

more on the running game. Wyoming punted after its first four

drives, but Kirkegaard completed his last eight passes of the first

half and led the Cowboys to consecutive scores in the second

quarter.

A 37-yard punt return by the Cowboys’ Jalen Claiborne set up a

1-yard TD plunge by Wick, followed by a successful two-point

conversion that drew Wyoming within 14-8. Wick scored again from

one yard out just before intermission to give the Cowboys a 15-14

lead.

Cal Poly outgained Wyoming 359-260. The Cowboys entered the

contest ranked 98th in total defense, yielding 431 yards a

game.