GAMEDAY College Football

Wyoming 50, Northern Illinois 43

Associated Press

DEKALB, Ill. - Sean Chambers ran nine yards for the winning touchdown with 1:35 remaining and Wyoming blunted a furious Northern Illinois comeback with a 50-43 win.

Isaiah Neyor scored three touchdowns, two via passes from Chambers, as the Cowboys (2-0) built a 42-16 lead by late in the third quarter.

Wyoming intercepted Northern Illinois' Rocky Lombardi three times, his first picks of the season and most since throwing three against Iowa in November 2020. Two of the three interceptions led to Wyoming touchdowns.

But Northern Illinois (1-1) rallied with four straight touchdowns to take a 43-42 lead with just under five minutes left. Lombardi fired a 14-yard strike to Trayvon Rudolph, and freshman Harrison Waylee, who had 179 yards rushing, tore off scoring runs of 75 and 14 yards to come within 42-36 early in the fourth. Clint Ratkovich scored his third touchdown to give Northern Illinois the lead.

On Wyoming's final drive, Chambers drove the Cowboys 75 yards in 10 plays. Chambers went 13-of-23 passing for 204 yards with touchdown strikes of 33 and 19 yards to Neyor. Xazavian Valladay gained 101 yards on 21 carries with a TD.


Scoring Summary
First Quarter WyoNIU
Wyo TD 11:16 Titus Swen 22 yd run (John Hoyland kick) 7 0
Wyo TD 8:27 Isaiah Neyor 33 yd pass from Sean Chambers (John Hoyland kick) 14 0
NIU FG 0:11 John Richardson 46 yd FG 14 3
Second Quarter WyoNIU
Wyo TD 12:21 Xazavian Valladay 7 yd run (John Hoyland kick) 21 3
NIU TD 8:18 Clint Ratkovich 1 yd run (John Richardson kick) 21 10
Wyo TD 3:12 Isaiah Neyor 19 yd pass from Sean Chambers (John Hoyland kick) 28 10
Third Quarter WyoNIU
NIU TD 10:31 Clint Ratkovich 1 yd run (failed 2pt pass) 28 16
Wyo TD 6:50 Isaiah Neyor 5 yd run (John Hoyland kick) 35 16
Wyo TD 6:03 Chad Muma 23 yd interception return (John Hoyland kick) 42 16
NIU TD 4:34 Trayvon Rudolph 40 yd pass from Rocky Lombardi (failed 2pt pass) 42 22
Fourth Quarter WyoNIU
NIU TD 12:48 Harrison Waylee 75 yd run (John Richardson kick) 42 29
NIU TD 12:35 Harrison Waylee 14 yd run (John Richardson kick) 42 36
NIU TD 4:56 Clint Ratkovich 3 yd run (John Richardson kick) 42 43
Wyo TD 1:35 Sean Chambers 9 yd run (Isaiah Neyor 2pt pass from Sean Chambers) 50 43
Team Stats
  Wyoming Northern Illinois
First downs 24 22
  Rushing 14 9
  Passing 9 13
  Penalty 1 0
3rd Down Efficiency 9-13, 69% 9-15, 60%
4th down efficiency 0-1, 0% 1-2, 50%
Rushes-Yards 45-191 38-244
Passing Yards 204 233
Return Yards 50 88
Completions-Attempts-Int 13-23-0 19-36-3
Sacks-Yards Lost 1--10 2--6
Punts 3 2
Punts-Average 34.7 48
Fumbles Lost 2-1 0-0
Penalties - Yards 4-30 5-50
Time of Possession 30:28 29:32
Wyoming Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
S. Chambers 13 23 204 2 0
Northern Illinois Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
R. Lombardi 19 36 233 1 3
Wyoming Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
X. Valladay 21 101 4.8 1
T. Swen 9 54 6.0 1
S. Chambers 8 16 2.0 1
I. Neyor 2 13 6.5 1
T. Smith 4 7 1.8 0
J. Cobbs 1 0 0.0 0
Northern Illinois Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
H. Waylee 26 179 6.9 2
C. Ratkovich 6 63 10.5 3
J. Ducker 1 2 2.0 0
R. Lombardi 5 0 0.0 0
Wyoming Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
I. Neyor 4 87 21.8 2
X. Valladay 2 50 25.0 0
A. Eberhardt 4 49 12.3 0
J. Cobbs 1 9 9.0 0
A. Brown 1 7 7.0 0
T. Welch 1 2 2.0 0
Northern Illinois Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
C. Tucker 6 72 12.0 0
T. Rudolph 2 65 32.5 1
T. Richie 5 40 8.0 0
M. Travis 1 21 21.0 0
T. Tewes 1 13 13.0 0
L. Soraghan 1 7 7.0 0
H. Waylee 1 6 6.0 0
F. McCray 1 5 5.0 0
M. Toure 1 4 4.0 0
Wyoming Interceptions
Player Int Yards
C. Muma 1 23
M. Williams 1 10
R. Weber 1 0
Northern Illinois Interceptions
Player Int Yards
Wyoming Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
R. Fawaz 3 104 34.7
Northern Illinois Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
M. Ference 2 96 48.0
Wyoming Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
K. Taylor 1 12 12.0
A. Eberhardt 1 5 5.0
Northern Illinois Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
Wyoming Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
Northern Illinois Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
T. Rudolph 4 88 22.0
Wyoming Missed FG
Player Length
Northern Illinois Missed FG
Player Length




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