Allen leads Wyoming past Air Force 35-26 |

Allen leads Wyoming past Air Force 35-26

LARAMIE, Wyo. — Beating its second Colorado opponent in as many weeks is big in more ways than one for a young Wyoming program that won just two games last season.

Wyoming quarterback Josh Allen said wins against Air Force on Saturday and against Colorado State the previous week are important not only to the Cowboys program as a whole but to the many players on the Wyoming roster who hail from neighboring Colorado and may have not been recruited by the Colorado teams.

Allen completed 15 of 27 passes for 173 yards for Wyoming (4-2, 2-0 Mountain West). He had TD passes of 17 yards to Tanner Gentry, 20 yards to Jake Maulhardt and 32 yards to Jacob Hollister.

After the game, Allen lamented a couple of missed throws to wide-open receivers that would have resulted in big gains.

“We played good enough to win even with those few mistakes that I made,” he said.

Allen also rushed for 74 yards, including a 34-yard run to set up a TD that iced the win in the final two minutes.

Falcons safety Weston Steelhammer said Allen is a “very dynamic quarterback both on the ground and through the air.”

“He made something out of nothing more than once,” he said.

Brian Hill contributed 92 yards and a touchdown on the ground for the Cowboys, who more than tripled the 53 rushing yards Air Force had held its opponents on average in the previous four games.

Air Force (4-1, 1-1) was led by quarterback Nate Romine, who passed for 188 yards and two touchdowns.

Romine was also intercepted three times after entering the game without having thrown an interception on the season.

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