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Arizona Bowl: Ohio 30, Wyoming 27

By JOHN MARSHALL
AP Sports Writer

TUCSON, Ariz. - CJ Harris hit Tyler Foster on a 10-yard touchdown pass in overtime, lifting Ohio to a 30-27 win over Wyoming in the Arizona Bowl.

The Cowboys (7-6) labored offensively after the teams combined for three touchdowns in the first quarter. Andrew Peasley sparked Wyoming's offense, orchestrating a six-play, 75-yard drive capped by Jordan Vaughn's 5-yard TD run with 2:08 left in regulation.

The Bobcats (10-4) had time to answer, and Nathanial Vakos kicked a tying 46-yard field goal with 4 seconds left.

Wyoming's John Hoyland opened overtime with a 29-yard field goal, but Foster pulled down the winning catch over a defender in the back of the end zone.

Ohio had a hard time revving up its passing game against Wyoming's defense, relying mostly on the ground instead.

Sieh Bangura ran for 138 yards and scored on a 3-yard run. Harris hit Jacoby Jones on a 34-yard score and finished with 184 yards on 20-of-33 passing in his third start since Mid-American Conference Offensive Player of the Year Kurtis Rourke went down with a season-ending knee injury.

The Arizona Bowl has produced some strange games through the years, and the 2022 version appeared as if it was going to follow suit.

Wyoming, which averages 127 yards passing per game, threw the ball on six of its first nine plays in an opening drive capped by Jordan Vaughn's 17-yard touchdown run up the middle.

Ohio answered by picking apart Wyoming's stingy defense, setting up Harris' TD pass to Jones, who battled Wyoming's Deron Harrell near the goal line.

Bobcats returner Sam Wiglusz then muffed a punt and Peasley hit Treyton Welch on a 17-yard touchdown pass the next play.

The wild ride smoothed out by the second quarter.

Wyoming all but stopped passing, Ohio struggled to complete passes and the teams traded field goals. Wyoming led 17-11 at halftime.

Ohio got into a brief offensive rhythm in the third quarter, taking an 18-17 lead. Bangura scored on a 3-yard option right after breaking off a 40-yarder midway through the third.

THE TAKEAWAY

Ohio won most of its games this season with an offense that averaged nearly 32 points per game. The Bobcats relied on their defense most of the day before their offense found its form late.

Wyoming labored offensively through most of the second half before Vaughn's late touchdown. The Cowboys left Ohio with too much time and the defense, the Cowboys' strength all season, couldn't come through.

December 30, 2022


Scoring Summary
First Quarter OhioWyo
Wyo TD 10:12 Jordon Vaughn 17 yard TD run (John Hoyland Extra Point) 0 7
Ohio TD 8:23 Jacoby Jones 34 yard TD pass from CJ Harris (Justin Holloway 2pt conversion attempt is GOOD) 8 7
Wyo TD 3:58 Treyton Welch 17 yard TD pass from Andrew Peasley (John Hoyland Extra Point) 8 14
Second Quarter OhioWyo
Ohio FG 13:28 Nathanial Vakos 43 yard field goal 11 14
Wyo FG 0:04 John Hoyland 53 yard field goal 11 17
Third Quarter OhioWyo
Ohio TD 5:14 Sieh Bangura 3 yard TD run (Nathanial Vakos Extra Point) 18 17
Fourth Quarter OhioWyo
Ohio FG 4:17 Nathanial Vakos 45 yard field goal 21 17
Wyo TD 2:08 Jordon Vaughn 5 yard TD run (John Hoyland Extra Point) 21 24
Ohio FG 0:04 Nathanial Vakos 46 yard field goal 24 24
OT OhioWyo
Wyo FG   John Hoyland 29 yard field goal 24 27
Ohio TD   Tyler Foster 10 yard TD pass from CJ Harris 30 27
Team Stats
  Ohio Wyoming
First downs 20 16
  Rushing 11 6
  Passing 9 9
  Penalty 0 1
3rd Down Efficiency 8-17, 47% 7-16, 44%
4th down efficiency 0-0, -% 0-0, -%
Rushes-Yards 38-201 33-105
Passing Yards 184 186
Return Yards 115 51
Completions-Attempts-Int 20-34-0 18-30-1
Sacks-Yards Lost 3-17 4-32
Punts 5 7
Fumbles Lost 2-1 0-0
Penalties - Yards 4-43 3-28
Ohio Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
C. Harris 20 33 184 2 0
J. Jones 0 1 0 0 0
Wyoming Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
A. Peasley 18 30 186 1 1
Ohio Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
S. Bangura 25 138 5.5 1
C. Harris 10 52 5.2 0
N. McCormick 2 6 3.0 0
J. Jones 1 5 5.0 0
Wyoming Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
J. Vaughn 16 67 4.2 2
S. Scott 3 11 3.7 0
J. Clemons 2 10 5.0 0
A. Peasley 11 9 0.8 0
R. Marquez 1 8 8.0 0
Ohio Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
J. Jones 3 44 14.7 1
M. Cross 4 39 9.8 0
S. Wiglusz 4 27 6.8 0
A. Burton 2 26 13.0 0
S. Bangura 4 18 4.5 0
J. Bostic 1 15 15.0 0
T. Foster 1 10 10.0 1
W. Kacmarek 1 5 5.0 0
Wyoming Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
T. Welch 5 91 18.2 1
R. Marquez 4 38 9.5 0
A. Brown 3 28 9.3 0
J. Sargent 2 12 6.0 0
W. Wieland 2 10 5.0 0
C. Merritt 1 6 6.0 0
C. Driskill 1 1 1.0 0
Ohio Interceptions
Player Int Yards
T. Cox Jr. 1 15
Wyoming Interceptions
Player Int Yards
Ohio Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
J. Wilson 5 191 38.2
Wyoming Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
C. Stewart 7 292 41.7
Ohio Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
S. Wiglusz 3 5 1.7
Wyoming Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
Ohio Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
K. Wilburn 3 81 27.0
K. Kelly 1 14 14.0
Wyoming Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
W. Wieland 2 51 25.5
N. Miles 1 0 0
Ohio Missed FG
Player Length
N. Vakos 53
Wyoming Missed FG
Player Length




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