Wyoming Secures 4th Down and Executes 2-Point Conversion to Defeat Texas Tech 35-33 in Double Overtime

by Lucas Garcia
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In a heart-stopping match at War Memorial Stadium, Wyoming emerged victorious against Texas Tech with a 35-33 win in a double-overtime thriller this Saturday. Andrew Peasley threw an 11-yard touchdown pass to tight end John Michael Gyllenborg during a crucial fourth-and-7 situation. Following this, running back Sam Scott successfully completed a 2-point conversion, clinching the game for the Cowboys.

Quarterback Tyler Shough, who amassed a total of 338 yards and three touchdowns, had earlier given Texas Tech a lead of 33-27 after connecting with Jerand Bradley for a 15-yard touchdown. However, his subsequent conversion attempt was unsuccessful.

The game, witnessed by a crowd of 26,450, had a 78-minute delay due to an inclement weather event involving a lightning storm over Laramie. Scott’s decisive score eventually led to a frenzied celebration as fans flooded the field.

Peasley, despite taking a hard hit from nose tackle Jaylon Hutchings and limping off the field at the end of the regulation time, scored a 5-yard touchdown in the initial overtime possession.

Wyoming head coach Craig Bohl praised Peasley’s resilience, stating, “Andrew Peasley is as durable as they come. Despite taking several hits, he persisted.”

Tahj Brooks of Texas Tech retaliated with a 6-yard touchdown run on a third-and-2, necessitating a second overtime. Earlier, Texas Tech had seized a rapid 17-0 lead, facilitated by fumbles from Wyoming running backs Jamari Ferrell and D.Q. James.

Wyoming’s John Hoyland, a preseason AP All-American second team selection, kicked a career-best 56-yard field goal, initiating a 20-0 run for the Cowboys. Shortly after, Wrook Brown intercepted a pass from Shough, leading to a 4-yard touchdown throw from Peasley to fullback Caleb Driskill, narrowing the score to 17-10 with 11:20 left in the second quarter.

Scott’s successful fourth-and-2 conversion, followed by a 17-yard touchdown run, evened the score at 17-17 during the third quarter. Wyoming’s offense orchestrated a 13-play, 76-yard drive that took 7:31 off the clock, effectively sidelining Shough and his team.

Scott, who switched from linebacker to running back, commented, “The transition was monumental for me. To contribute significantly in this game, particularly towards the end, was a dream realized.”

Texas Tech’s promising drive halted just short of the red zone, with a 40-yard field goal attempt by Gino Garcia being blocked by defensive tackle Gavin Meyer, leaving the score tied entering the fourth quarter. Garcia later redeemed himself by tying the score at 20-20 with just 41 seconds remaining in regular play.

Reflecting on the loss, Texas Tech coach Joey McGuire stated, “It’s a tough loss for our team. We began strongly, but allowed Wyoming to make a comeback. Kudos to Wyoming for their tenacity and for taking the game into overtime.”

Key Takeaways

Wyoming: Selected sixth in the preseason Mountain West rankings, Wyoming has shown they could be serious contenders after besting a Big 12 team.

Texas Tech: Despite defeating Oklahoma and Texas in the previous season, the Red Raiders will likely reconsider scheduling future road games against Group of Five teams.

Poll Consequences

Failing to secure a win in Laramie means that Texas Tech, who were just outside the preseason AP top-25, will not make it into the rankings.

What’s Next

Wyoming is set to host Portland State, which suffered a crushing 81-7 loss to No. 15 Oregon, on the upcoming Saturday. Texas Tech will welcome the Ducks, Shough’s former team, on the same day.

For more in-depth college football analysis, please visit bigbignews.net/college-football and bigbignews.net/ap-top-25-college-football-poll.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Wyoming vs Texas Tech

What was the final score of the Wyoming vs Texas Tech game?

The final score was Wyoming 35, Texas Tech 33 in a double-overtime match.

Who were the key players for Wyoming in the victory?

Andrew Peasley and Sam Scott were the key players for Wyoming. Peasley threw an 11-yard touchdown pass on a fourth-and-7, and Scott successfully completed a 2-point conversion to secure the win.

What contributed to Texas Tech’s loss?

Tyler Shough’s failed conversion pass and defensive lapses contributed to Texas Tech’s loss. The Red Raiders also allowed Wyoming to make a 20-0 run, erasing their initial 17-0 lead.

How did weather affect the game?

The game was delayed for 78 minutes due to a lightning storm that moved through Laramie, Wyoming.

What were the poll implications for Texas Tech after this loss?

Texas Tech, who were just one spot outside the preseason AP top-25 rankings, will not make it into the rankings after this loss.

What is next for both teams?

Wyoming will host Portland State, while Texas Tech will welcome the Oregon Ducks in their respective next games.

What did Wyoming’s head coach say about Andrew Peasley’s performance?

Craig Bohl, Wyoming’s head coach, praised Andrew Peasley’s resilience, stating that despite taking several hits, he persisted through the game.

How did the crowd react to Wyoming’s win?

The crowd of 26,450 poured onto the field in a frenzied celebration after Sam Scott’s walk-off score.

What was significant about Sam Scott’s role in Wyoming’s win?

Sam Scott transitioned from linebacker to running back and played a pivotal role in the victory, including a successful 2-point conversion and a 17-yard touchdown run.

Did Texas Tech’s early lead prove advantageous?

No, despite an early 17-0 lead, Texas Tech was unable to maintain the advantage and eventually lost in double overtime.

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TechGrad1990 September 3, 2023 - 9:05 am

Ouch, painful to watch that loss. We had such a lead, dunno what happened there.

QuantAnalysis September 3, 2023 - 10:51 am

If you look at the stats, Wyoming’s 13-play, 76-yard drive was genius. kept Shough off the field and turned the tide.

WeatherNerd September 3, 2023 - 2:40 pm

78 min weather delay and they still pull off a win?! that’s focus, man.

BettyLou September 3, 2023 - 3:49 pm

Can’t get over how the crowd stormed the field. Felt like a movie moment. Way to go Cowboys!

RookieMistakes September 3, 2023 - 7:48 pm

Texas Tech better not overlook group of five teams anymore. Clearly, Wyoming had something to prove.

FootballFanatic September 3, 2023 - 9:55 pm

Honestly, Texas Tech had this coming. You can’t just start off strong and then let it slip away like that. No excuse.

CowboyLoyalist September 4, 2023 - 1:39 am

Yessss! Been following Wyoming for years and this is the upset we needed. Think this season’s gonna be a game changer for us!

GameDay September 4, 2023 - 2:53 am

Poll implications are serious. Texas Tech’s gotta re-evaluate their strategy if they wanna bounce back this season.

JohnDoe42 September 4, 2023 - 4:16 am

Wow, what a game! Peasley really pulled through despite that hit. hats off to the guy.

AnnieQ September 4, 2023 - 4:26 am

I feel like Scott switching from linebacker to running back is a big deal. the guy had a huge role in the win.


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