LARAMIE, Wyo. — Wyoming running back Brian Hill says he and the offensive line feed off of each other’s hard work during a game.
“If I can give them what they need, they can give what I need,” Hill said after rushing for 207 yards and two touchdowns in a 45-22 win over UC Davis on Saturday.
It is the sixth time Hill has rushed for more than 200 yards in a game during his three-year college career. He is now ranked third on Wyoming’s all-time rushing list.
Hill carried the ball 25 times for an average of 8.3 yards per carry as the Cowboys (2-1) gashed the Aggies defense for 274 rushing yards.
Josh Allen threw three touchdown passes as Wyoming dominated its FCS opponent on both sides of the ball.
“I thought the keys to the game were our ability to control and maintain the line of scrimmage and it got a running game going,” Wyoming coach Craig Bohl said.
Allen completed 11 of 15 passes for 198 yards. He had TD passes of 16, 39 and 37 yards to three different receivers.
UC Davis (1-2) was led by Ben Scott, who completed 18 of 31 passes for 178 yards and a touchdown before leaving the game in the fourth quarter with an injury to his left leg. He also had one interception.
After throwing five interceptions and fumbling once the previous week at Nebraska, Allen needed to bounce back for his own sake and for the team. On Wyoming’s first possession against UC Davis, Allen connected for 17 yards to Jacob Hollister and on a 16-yard TD to Tanner Gentry. Allen lost a fumble in the second quarter that safety Keleen Culberson returned 21 yards for a score.
Allen said he was upset by the fumble that led to a score by the Aggies.
“As an offense we were able to get past that,” he said.
He ended the day with no interceptions and no more fumbles while tossing three TD passes.
UC Davis entered the game averaging 504.5 yards of total offense thanks to running back Manusamoa Luuga, who averaged 120.5 yards a game, and Scott, who was averaging 342 yards passing a contest. However, against the Cowboys defense, the yards didn’t come so easily as the Aggies managed just 74 yards on the ground and Scott was held to 178 yards total passing.
“Offensively, we couldn’t get the run game going,” Aggies coach Ron Gould said. “I knew going in they had a really, really good defense. They got us on our heels a little bit.”
Wyoming junior cornerback Rico Gafford had his first interception as a Cowboy and returned it 32 yards to set up Wyoming’s second touchdown of the game. Defensive end Carl Granderson had a sack and a forced fumble and has now recorded a sack in each of the three games this season. He is the first defensive lineman at Wyoming to record a sack in his first three games since 1986.
Wyoming: The Cowboys spend the next two weekends on the road, beginning with a non-conference visit to Eastern Michigan. It will be Wyoming’s second game this season against a member of the Mid-American Conference. In the first game this season, the Cowboys beat Northern Illinois 40-34 in triple overtime.
UC Davis: The Aggies open Big Sky Conference play at home next Saturday when they host Weber State. The Aggies and Wildcats are 2-2 in their all-time series with Weber State winning 23-3 last season.
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