Montana 12

(0-1, 0-1 away)

Wyoming 17

(1-0, 1-0 home)

4:00 PM ET, August 30, 2014

War Memorial Stadium (WY), Laramie, WY

1 2 3 4 T
MONT 0 6 0 612
WYO 3 0 14 017

Top Performers

Passing: J. Johnson (MONT) - 185 YDS, 1 TD

Rushing: S. Wick (WYO) - 22 CAR, 134 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: T. Van (MONT) - 9 REC, 66 YDS

Lightning delays start of second half

Associated Press

LARAMIE, Wyo. -- Shaun Wick rushed for 134 yards and a touchdown and the Wyoming defense was stout as the Cowboys beat Montana 17-12 Saturday in their first game under new head coach Craig Bohl.

D.J. May added 96 yards and a score for Wyoming (1-0), which has beaten Montana in all 14 of their matchups.

Of the 301 total yards gained by the Cowboys in the game, 209 came on the ground during the game, which was delayed twice by lightning for a total of about an hour.

Wyoming's defense held the Grizzlies (0-1) to 253 total yards, including just 42 rushing.

Quarterback Jordan Johnson completed 24 of 45 passes for 185 yards and one touchdown for Montana, a Football Championship Subdivision school.

Bohl was hired last December after leading North Dakota State to three consecutive FCS national championships.

He brings with him a coaching philosophy based on a pro-style, ball-control offense and a stingy defense -- completely opposite from the spread offense and porous defense the Cowboys exhibited over the last few years under former coach Dave Christensen.

Wyoming's offense averaged 31.2 points and 472.8 yards per game last year, while the defense gave up 36.7 points and 482 yards a game.

The new offense did its job on Wyoming's first possession of the game, driving 57 yard in 12 plays for a 41-yard field goal by Stuart Williams.

But the Cowboys had two other drives into Montana territory ended by an interception in the end zone and a fumble on a quarterback sack -- one of four sacks by the Grizzlies in the first half.

Montana took a 6-3 lead into halftime on a 26-yard TD pass from Josh Janssen to Ryan Burke. The extra point failed.

Wyoming scored both its TDs in the third quarter -- a 5-yard run by Wick and a 58-yard run by May.

Johnson connected with Mike Ralston on a 16-yard TD pass in the fourth quarter, but the Grizzlies couldn't muster any more drives against the Cowboys defense.


Team Stat Comparison

1st Downs1618
Total Yards253301
3rd Down Conversions6-177-16
4th Down Conversions1-20-1

Passing Leaders

Jordan Johnson24/451854.110
Ryan Burke1/12626.010
Colby Kirkegaard13/21924.401

Rushing Leaders

Travon Van8192.4010
Jordan Johnson4133.309
Shaun Wick221346.1119
D.J. May13967.4158

Receiving Leaders

Travon Van9667.3024
Ellis Henderson5489.6015
Dominic Rufran4256.3011
Tanner Gentry3248.0014

Scoring Summary

FG7:17Stuart Williams 41 Yd Field Goal 03
TD11:28Joshua Janssen 26 Yd pass from Ryan Burke (Harrison Greenberg PAT failed)63
TD5:10Shaun Wick 5 Yd Run (Stuart Williams Kick)610
TD2:11D.J. May 58 Yd Run (Stuart Williams Kick)617
TD8:20Mike Ralston 16 Yd pass from Jordan Johnson (Two-Point Pass Conversion Failed)1217