The Brigham Young Cougars’ defense tackle Wyoming Cowboys running back Brian Hill (5) during the Poinsettia Bowl in San Diego on Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2016. BYU won 24-21.
Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News
Wyoming (3-1) at No. 19 BYU (2-1)
• Kickoff: 8:15 p.m. MDT
Venue: LaVell Edwards Stadium, Provo (63,725)
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Series: These former Skyline, Western Athletic and Mountain West conference foes are meeting for the 79th time, dating back to 1922. Only Utah (95) and Utah State (90) have played BYU more than Wyoming. BYU leads the series, 45-30-3
Weather: Clear skies with slight winds from the southwest; temperatures in the low 70s at kickoff, dropping to the mid-50s at night.
For BYU: The Cougars are searching for answers after getting drubbed 41-20 at Oregon last week and trying to figure out how to more effectively stop the run on defense and establish a running game on offense. Special teams is also a concern, as kicker Jake Oldroyd has missed three straight field goals.
For Wyoming: The Cowboys are red-hot, having won three straight games. They opened the season with a 38-6 blowout loss at Illinois, but recovered nicely with wins over Tulsa, Northern Colorado and Air Force. They outrushed AFA 170-161 and are riding a wave of confidence.
What to watch for
BYU is ranked No. 19 in the Associated Press Top 25 and No. 23 in the coaches poll, and are 20-6 under seven-year coach Kalani Sitake when playing as a ranked team. They have defeated Wyoming in eight consecutive games, most recently 24-21 in the 2016 Poinsettia Bowl in San Diego and 25-20 in 2010 in Provo in what was the last matchup between the rivals as members of the Mountain West Conference.
Wyoming coach Craig Bohl is in his ninth season and owns a 48-51 record at the school. The Cowboys are 13-26-1 in games against BYU played in Provo, and last defeated BYU 13-10 in 2003 in Laramie. The Pokes are quarterbacked by Utah State transfer Andrew Peasley, who played against BYU last year in Logan.
Source:: Deseret News – Sports News
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