The Wyoming Cowboys, playing without quarterback Brett Smith, lost to the FCS Cal Poly Mustangs, 24-22, on Saturday night at War Memorial Stadium. Wyoming joins Colorado State and UNLV as the third Mountain West team to lose to a FCS team this season.
Cal Poly jumped out to a 14-0 lead in the first quarter, scoring on 65-yard and 9-yard touchdown runs. Deonte Williams score the former just 1:09 into the game while Kristaan Ivory scored the later a few minutes later. Wyoming's Shaun Wick punched in the first touchdown with 6:55 left in the half and the second six minutes later, giving his team a 15-14 lead at halftime. Both were one-yard runs and the former was completed with a successful touchdown run.
Ivory put the ball into the end zone for Cal Poly late in the third quarter on a 5-yard touchdown run, gaining a 21-14 lead. That lead was extended to 24-15 with Bobby Zalud's 51-yard field goal in the fourth quarter.
Wyoming did attempt a comeback in the final minutes of the game. Wick scored his third touchdown of the game with 7:34 left in the game, but they came no closer than 24-22. Wyoming quarterback Colby Kirkegaard (15-of-23, 122 yards) threw an interception on the first play of what was the team's final possession.
Cal Poly's Williams finished the game with 188 rushing yards on 19 carries.
Wyoming (0-3) travels next week for face Idaho.