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Wyoming 27, Gardner-Webb 0

Wyoming (1-1) scored on their first two drives of the game, defeating Gardner-Webb (0-2) by a final score of 27-0.

The Cowboys outgained the Runnin' Bulldogs 393 to 195 in the game.

Wyoming outgained Gardner-Webb 161-13 in the first quarter, 297-77 in the first half. Junior quarterback Josh Allen completed 10 of 12 passes for 142 yards and a TD in the first quarter. For the game, he completed 22 of 32 passes for 328 yards and two touchdowns.

Sophomore Austin Conway amassed seven receptions for 108 yards and a touchdown in the first quarter. His 34-yard catch-and-run to the endzone marked the first receiving touchdown of his career. He totaled 10 catches for 128 yards in the first half. Conway's game totals of 11 catches for 135 yards are both single-game career highs.

Allen found sophomore C.J. Johnson on completions of 47 and 29 yards in the second quarter, the 29-yarder going for a touchdown. Johnson's 110 yards in the first half set a new single-game career high. He finished the game with six catches for 130 yards.

Junior defensive end Kevin Prosser recorded a sack in the first quarter, giving him a sack in six of his last 10 games dating back to last season. He had two total tackles for loss in the first quarter. Prosser added another sack in the third quarter, giving him a new career high for sacks in a game. Prosser recorded nine total tackles and five solo tackles, both career single-game highs. He had three tackles for loss.

Sophomore defensive tackle Youhanna Ghaifan recorded two tackles for loss in the first half. He ended the game with seven total tackles.

Wyoming limited Gardner-Webb quarterback Tyrell Maxwell to two completions on seven pass attempts for 22 yards. Wyoming has limited both of its 2017 opponents to less than 10 completions.

Allen led the Pokes on an 11-play, 75-yard touchdown drive on UW's first possession of the game. Allen and Conway connected on five completions of 11, 11, 7, 10 and 8 yards on the opening possession. Redshirt sophomore running back Kellen Overstreet capped off the drive with a one-yard TD run. Sophomore place-kicker Cooper Rothe converted the extra point to give the Cowboys a 7-0 lead with 9:55 to play in the first quarter.

On the second drive of the game, Allen hit Conway on a 34-yard completion, followed by an 11-yard strike from Allen to Johnson and the drive concluded with a 27-yard TD pass from Allen to Conway. It was the first touchdown reception of Conway's career.

At the end of the first quarter, the Cowboys had accounted for 161 yards of total offense on 21 plays to only 13 yards of total offense on eight plays for Gardner-Webb.

The second quarter saw Wyoming score on two of its three possessions. Rothe hit a 28-yard field goal to end a seven-play, 69-yard drive, giving the Cowboys at 17-0 lead.

Wyoming's final scoring drive of the second quarter was set up by a 45-yard punt return by Conway, giving the Pokes the ball at the 37 yard line. After an eight yard catch by sophomore John Okwoli, Allen stepped up in the pocket and threw a strike to Johnson for 29 yards for a UW touchdown to make it 24-0 heading into the half.

A heavy ground attack by both teams was featured in the second half. An 18-play, 70 yard drive lasting 9:31 by the Runnin' Bulldogs gave them their first scoring chance of the contest. The drive was stalled on a fourth down stop by the Pokes.

The Cowboys added another field goal by Rothe from 29 yards out with 1:52 remaining. The field goal was setup by an interception by junior safety Andrew Wingard, the fourth of his career.

Freshman Punter Tim Zaleski had a solid day pinning the Runnin' Bulldogs inside their 20-yard line three times including twice inside the five yard line.