Wyoming Cowboy Football finds success in 2019 season

   The University of Wyoming is the only Division One college in the state, and for that, it receives much of the state’s support in their athletics. The University is home to the Cowboys football team, which has seen significant success during their 2019-2020 season. 

   Under head coach Craig Bohl, the Cowboys had a rough start with their first two seasons going 4-8 and 2-10 in 2014 and 2015. However, in the later seasons, the team went 8-6 and 8-5, attending two bowl games during these seasons. During the 2016 season, the Cowboys lost the Poinsettia Bowl to Brigham Young University and one year later won the Potato Bowl by beating Central Michigan in 2017.

   At the start of the current season, sophomore Sean Chambers led the Cowboys offense from the quarterback position until week eight when he suffered a knee injury against the University of Nevada. Junior Tyler Vander Waal took over the position and has led the offense in scoring a combined 46 points over their two games. However, neither games resulted in wins for the Cowboys. Out of the backfield, Xazavian Valladay has rushed for 1,061 yards and averaged 4.8 yards a carry. Through the air, Chambers achieved 915 passing yards before his injury and leading receiver, Raghib Ismail Jr. has 305 receiving yards with 20 receptions. 

   On the other side of the ball, the Cowboys have seen a successful defensive season. Led by senior linebacker Logan Wilson, the defense has continued to rank nationally and prove to be a stout obstacle to many offenses who play the Cowboys. Wilson currently leads the team with four interceptions on the season while safety, Alija Halliburton dominated the field with a total of 119 tackles on the season. This accolade put Halliburton as the best defensive back in the country. With consistent players on both sides of the ball, the Cowboys proved to be a challenging opponent for most other programs in the regular season. 

   It is currently uncertain whether the Cowboys will attend a bowl game, but many speculate that the team will make the cut.  

   Craig Bohl and the Cowboys have an uncertain future on whether they will return to their former greatness in the later decades of the 1900s, but their journey is worth following. The Cowboys finished the regular season as 4-4 in the Mountain West Division and 7-5 overall.