Recap and highlights: Washington State uses late surge to top Wyoming 41-19

Washington State Cougars running back Max Borghi (21) facemarks Wyoming Cowboys safety Andrew Wingard (28) during the first half of a college football game on Saturday, September 1, 2018, at War Memorial Stadium in Laramie, Wyo. (Tyler Tjomsland / The Spokesman-Review)
against Wyoming during the first half of a college football game on Saturday, September 1, 2018, at War Memorial Stadium in Laramie, Wyo. (Tyler Tjomsland / The Spokesman-Review)
against Wyoming during the first half of a college football game on Saturday, September 1, 2018, at War Memorial Stadium in Laramie, Wyo. (Tyler Tjomsland / The Spokesman-Review)
against Wyoming during the first half of a college football game on Saturday, September 1, 2018, at War Memorial Stadium in Laramie, Wyo. (Tyler Tjomsland / The Spokesman-Review)
against Wyoming during the first half of a college football game on Saturday, September 1, 2018, at War Memorial Stadium in Laramie, Wyo. (Tyler Tjomsland / The Spokesman-Review)
against Wyoming during the first half of a college football game on Saturday, September 1, 2018, at War Memorial Stadium in Laramie, Wyo. (Tyler Tjomsland / The Spokesman-Review)
Washington State Cougars quarterback Gardner Minshew (16) throws against Wyoming during the first half of a college football game on Saturday, September 1, 2018, at War Memorial Stadium in Laramie, Wyo. (Tyler Tjomsland / The Spokesman-Review)
Washington State Cougars running back James Williams (32) caches a touchdown pass against Wyoming during the first half of a college football game on Saturday, September 1, 2018, at War Memorial Stadium in Laramie, Wyo. (Tyler Tjomsland / The Spokesman-Review)
Washington State running back James Williams (32) reacts after catching a touchdown pass against Wyoming during the first half Saturday at War Memorial Stadium in Laramie, Wyo. (Tyler Tjomsland / The Spokesman-Review)
Washington State Cougars head coach Mike Leach speaks with his team against Wyoming during the first half of a college football game on Saturday, September 1, 2018, at War Memorial Stadium in Laramie, Wyo. (Tyler Tjomsland / The Spokesman-Review)
Washington State Cougars head coach Mike Leach speaks with his team against Wyoming during the first half of a college football game on Saturday, September 1, 2018, at War Memorial Stadium in Laramie, Wyo. (Tyler Tjomsland / The Spokesman-Review)
Washington State Cougars wide receiver Jamire Calvin (6) runs the ball against Wyoming during the first half of a college football game on Saturday, September 1, 2018, at War Memorial Stadium in Laramie, Wyo. (Tyler Tjomsland / The Spokesman-Review)
Washington State Cougars wide receiver Jamire Calvin (6) runs the ball against Wyoming during the first half of a college football game on Saturday, September 1, 2018, at War Memorial Stadium in Laramie, Wyo. (Tyler Tjomsland / The Spokesman-Review)
Washington State Cougars quarterback Gardner Minshew (16) looks for an open teammate against Wyoming during the first half of a college football game on Saturday, September 1, 2018, at War Memorial Stadium in Laramie, Wyo. (Tyler Tjomsland / The Spokesman-Review)
Washington State Cougars wide receiver Kyle Sweet (17) catches the ball against Wyoming during the first half of a college football game on Saturday, September 1, 2018, at War Memorial Stadium in Laramie, Wyo. (Tyler Tjomsland / The Spokesman-Review)
Washington State Cougars defensive back Sean Harper Jr. (2) breaks up a pass intended Wyoming Cowboys wide receiver Ayden Eberhardt (19) during the first half of a college football game on Saturday, September 1, 2018, at War Memorial Stadium in Laramie, Wyo. (Tyler Tjomsland / The Spokesman-Review)
Washington State Cougars defensive back Sean Harper Jr. (2) reacts after breaking up a pass intended Wyoming Cowboys wide receiver Ayden Eberhardt (19) during the first half of a college football game on Saturday, September 1, 2018, at War Memorial Stadium in Laramie, Wyo. (Tyler Tjomsland / The Spokesman-Review)
Washington State Cougars linebacker Peyton Pelluer (47) reacts with Washington State Cougars defensive back Sean Harper Jr. (2) against Wyoming during the first half of a college football game on Saturday, September 1, 2018, at War Memorial Stadium in Laramie, Wyo. (Tyler Tjomsland / The Spokesman-Review)
Washington State Cougars running back Keith Harrington (24) runs the ball against Wyoming during the first half of a college football game on Saturday, September 1, 2018, at War Memorial Stadium in Laramie, Wyo. (Tyler Tjomsland / The Spokesman-Review)
Washington State Cougars cornerback Marcus Strong (4) breaks up a pass intended for Wyoming Cowboys wide receiver Raghib Ismail Jr. (17) during the first half of a college football game on Saturday, September 1, 2018, at War Memorial Stadium in Laramie, Wyo. (Tyler Tjomsland / The Spokesman-Review)
Washington State Cougars wide receiver Travell Harris (5) hauls in a pass that was ruled out of bounds against Wyoming during the first half of a college football game on Saturday, September 1, 2018, at War Memorial Stadium in Laramie, Wyo. (Tyler Tjomsland / The Spokesman-Review)
Washington State Cougars wide receiver Travell Harris (5) hauls in a pass that was ruled out of bounds against Wyoming during the first half of a college football game on Saturday, September 1, 2018, at War Memorial Stadium in Laramie, Wyo. (Tyler Tjomsland / The Spokesman-Review)
Washington State Cougars quarterback Gardner Minshew (16) reacts after throwing an interception against Wyoming during the first half of a college football game on Saturday, September 1, 2018, at War Memorial Stadium in Laramie, Wyo. (Tyler Tjomsland / The Spokesman-Review)
Washington State Cougars running back James Williams (32) runs the ball against Wyoming during the first half of a college football game on Saturday, September 1, 2018, at War Memorial Stadium in Laramie, Wyo. (Tyler Tjomsland / The Spokesman-Review)
Washington State Cougars quarterback Gardner Minshew (16) reacts as the third quarter runs down against Wyoming during the first half of a college football game on Saturday, September 1, 2018, at War Memorial Stadium in Laramie, Wyo. (Tyler Tjomsland / The Spokesman-Review)
Washington State Cougars running back James Williams (32) reacts after catching a touchdown pass against Wyoming during the first half of a college football game on Saturday, September 1, 2018, at War Memorial Stadium in Laramie, Wyo. (Tyler Tjomsland / The Spokesman-Review)
Washington State Cougars wide receiver Jamire Calvin (6) runs the ball against Wyoming during the first half of a college football game on Saturday, September 1, 2018, at War Memorial Stadium in Laramie, Wyo. (Tyler Tjomsland / The Spokesman-Review)
Washington State Cougars quarterback Gardner Minshew (16) looks for an open teammate against Wyoming during the first half of a college football game on Saturday, September 1, 2018, at War Memorial Stadium in Laramie, Wyo. (Tyler Tjomsland / The Spokesman-Review)
Washington State Cougars running back James Williams (32) runs the ball against Wyoming during the first half of a college football game on Saturday, September 1, 2018, at War Memorial Stadium in Laramie, Wyo. (Tyler Tjomsland / The Spokesman-Review)
Washington State Cougars running back Max Borghi (21) facemarks Wyoming Cowboys safety Andrew Wingard (28) during the first half of a college football game on Saturday, September 1, 2018, at War Memorial Stadium in Laramie, Wyo. (Tyler Tjomsland / The Spokesman-Review)
Washington State Cougars defensive back Sean Harper Jr. (2) breaks up a pass intended Wyoming Cowboys wide receiver Ayden Eberhardt (19) during the first half of a college football game on Saturday, September 1, 2018, at War Memorial Stadium in Laramie, Wyo. (Tyler Tjomsland / The Spokesman-Review)
Washington State Cougars running back James Williams (32) runs the ball for a first down against Wyoming during the second half of a college football game on Saturday, September 1, 2018, at War Memorial Stadium in Laramie, Wyo. WSU won the game 41-19. (Tyler Tjomsland / The Spokesman-Review)
Washington State Cougars running back Max Borghi (21) butts heads against Wyoming Cowboys linebacker Logan Wilson (30) as he pushes to the end zone for a touchdown during the second half of a college football game on Saturday, September 1, 2018, at War Memorial Stadium in Laramie, Wyo. WSU won the game 41-19. (Tyler Tjomsland / The Spokesman-Review)
Washington State Cougars running back Max Borghi (21) flies into the end zone for a touchdown against Wyoming during the second half of a college football game on Saturday, September 1, 2018, at War Memorial Stadium in Laramie, Wyo. WSU won the game 41-19. (Tyler Tjomsland / The Spokesman-Review)
Washington State Cougars running back Max Borghi (21) celebrates with teammates after scoring a touchdown against Wyoming during the second half of a college football game on Saturday, September 1, 2018, at War Memorial Stadium in Laramie, Wyo. WSU won the game 41-19. (Tyler Tjomsland / The Spokesman-Review)
Wyoming Cowboys quarterback Tyler Vander Waal (18) throws against WSU during the second half of a college football game on Saturday, September 1, 2018, at War Memorial Stadium in Laramie, Wyo. WSU won the game 41-19. (Tyler Tjomsland / The Spokesman-Review)
Washington State Cougars defensive back Hunter Dale (26) brings down Wyoming Cowboys wide receiver Raghib Ismail Jr. (17) against Wyoming during the second half of a college football game on Saturday, September 1, 2018, at War Memorial Stadium in Laramie, Wyo. WSU won the game 41-19. (Tyler Tjomsland / The Spokesman-Review)
Washington State Cougars running back James Williams (32) runs the ball against Wyoming during the second half of a college football game on Saturday, September 1, 2018, at War Memorial Stadium in Laramie, Wyo. WSU won the game 41-19. (Tyler Tjomsland / The Spokesman-Review)
Washington State Cougars head coach Mike Leach calls plays against Wyoming during the second half of a college football game on Saturday, September 1, 2018, at War Memorial Stadium in Laramie, Wyo. WSU won the game 41-19. (Tyler Tjomsland / The Spokesman-Review)
Washington State Cougars kicker Blake Mazza (40) kicks for an extra point against Wyoming during the second half of a college football game on Saturday, September 1, 2018, at War Memorial Stadium in Laramie, Wyo. WSU won the game 41-19. (Tyler Tjomsland / The Spokesman-Review)
Washington State Cougars kicker Blake Mazza (40) kicks for an extra point against Wyoming during the second half of a college football game on Saturday, September 1, 2018, at War Memorial Stadium in Laramie, Wyo. WSU won the game 41-19. (Tyler Tjomsland / The Spokesman-Review)
Wyoming running back Jevon Bigelow (20) goes flying through the Cougar defense during the second half of a college football game on Saturday, September 1, 2018, at War Memorial Stadium in Laramie, Wyo. WSU won the game 41-19. (Tyler Tjomsland / The Spokesman-Review)
Washington State Cougars linebacker Dominick Silvels (20) brings down Wyoming Cowboys quarterback Tyler Vander Waal (18) during the second half of a college football game on Saturday, September 1, 2018, at War Memorial Stadium in Laramie, Wyo. WSU won the game 41-19. (Tyler Tjomsland / The Spokesman-Review)
Washington State Cougars linebacker Dominick Silvels (20) brings down Wyoming Cowboys quarterback Tyler Vander Waal (18) during the second half of a college football game on Saturday, September 1, 2018, at War Memorial Stadium in Laramie, Wyo. WSU won the game 41-19. (Tyler Tjomsland / The Spokesman-Review)
Washington State Cougars wide receiver Easop Winston (8) reacts as a pass interference call is called against Wyoming during the second half of a college football game on Saturday, September 1, 2018, at War Memorial Stadium in Laramie, Wyo. WSU won the game 41-19. (Tyler Tjomsland / The Spokesman-Review)
Washington State Cougars running back James Williams (32) runs the ball against Wyoming during the second half of a college football game on Saturday, September 1, 2018, at War Memorial Stadium in Laramie, Wyo. WSU won the game 41-19. (Tyler Tjomsland / The Spokesman-Review)
Washington State Cougars running back James Williams (32) runs the ball against Wyoming during the second half of a college football game on Saturday, September 1, 2018, at War Memorial Stadium in Laramie, Wyo. WSU won the game 41-19. (Tyler Tjomsland / The Spokesman-Review)
Washington State Cougars running back Max Borghi (21) lands in the end zone for a touchdown against Wyoming during the second half of a college football game on Saturday, September 1, 2018, at War Memorial Stadium in Laramie, Wyo. WSU won the game 41-19. (Tyler Tjomsland / The Spokesman-Review)
Washington State Cougars running back Max Borghi (21) reacts with Washington State Cougars offensive lineman Andre Dillard (60) after scoring a touchdown against Wyoming during the second half of a college football game on Saturday, September 1, 2018, at War Memorial Stadium in Laramie, Wyo. WSU won the game 41-19. (Tyler Tjomsland / The Spokesman-Review)
Washington State Cougars quarterback Gardner Minshew (16) shakes hands with Washington State Cougars quarterback Cammon Cooper (2) during the second half of a college football game on Saturday, September 1, 2018, at War Memorial Stadium in Laramie, Wyo. WSU won the game 41-19. (Tyler Tjomsland / The Spokesman-Review)
Washington State's sideline reacts as Cougars' wide receiver Davontavean Martin (1) leaps to make a catch against Wyoming during the second half of a college football game on Saturday, September 1, 2018, at War Memorial Stadium in Laramie, Wyo. WSU won the game 41-19. (Tyler Tjomsland / The Spokesman-Review)
Washington State Cougars wide receiver Davontavean Martin (1) runs the ball for a first down against Wyoming during the second half of a college football game on Saturday, September 1, 2018, at War Memorial Stadium in Laramie, Wyo. WSU won the game 41-19. (Tyler Tjomsland / The Spokesman-Review)
Washington State Cougars wide receiver Davontavean Martin (1) runs the ball for a first down against Wyoming during the second half of a college football game on Saturday, September 1, 2018, at War Memorial Stadium in Laramie, Wyo. WSU won the game 41-19. (Tyler Tjomsland / The Spokesman-Review)
Washington State Cougars wide receiver Davontavean Martin (1) runs the ball for a first down against Wyoming during the second half of a college football game on Saturday, September 1, 2018, at War Memorial Stadium in Laramie, Wyo. WSU won the game 41-19. (Tyler Tjomsland / The Spokesman-Review)
Washington State Cougars running back James Williams (32) runs the ball for a touchdown against Wyoming during the second half of a college football game on Saturday, September 1, 2018, at War Memorial Stadium in Laramie, Wyo. WSU won the game 41-19. (Tyler Tjomsland / The Spokesman-Review)
Washington State Cougars running back James Williams (32) runs the ball for a touchdown against Wyoming during the second half of a college football game on Saturday, September 1, 2018, at War Memorial Stadium in Laramie, Wyo. WSU won the game 41-19. (Tyler Tjomsland / The Spokesman-Review)
Washington State Cougars offensive lineman Brian Greene (59) and Washington State Cougars offensive lineman Josh Watson (65) react after defeating Wyoming during the second half of a college football game on Saturday, September 1, 2018, at War Memorial Stadium in Laramie, Wyo. WSU won the game 41-19. (Tyler Tjomsland / The Spokesman-Review)
Washington State Cougars safety Jalen Thompson (34) and Washington State Cougars safety Deion Singleton (22) react after defeating Wyoming during the second half of a college football game on Saturday, September 1, 2018, at War Memorial Stadium in Laramie, Wyo. WSU won the game 41-19. (Tyler Tjomsland / The Spokesman-Review)
Washington State Cougars wide receiver Kyle Sweet (17) Washington State Cougars linebacker Peyton Pelluer (47) and Washington State Cougars defensive lineman Nick Begg (89) celebrate with family and friends after defeating Wyoming during the second half of a college football game on Saturday, September 1, 2018, at War Memorial Stadium in Laramie, Wyo. WSU won the game 41-19. (Tyler Tjomsland / The Spokesman-Review)
Washington State Cougars wide receiver Kyle Sweet (17) Washington State Cougars linebacker Peyton Pelluer (47) and Washington State Cougars defensive lineman Nick Begg (89) celebrate with family after defeating Wyoming during the second half of a college football game on Saturday, September 1, 2018, at War Memorial Stadium in Laramie, Wyo. WSU won the game 41-19. (Tyler Tjomsland / The Spokesman-Review)
WSU AD Patrick Chun congratulates Washington State Cougars head coach Mike Leach after defeating Wyoming during the second half of a college football game on Saturday, September 1, 2018, at War Memorial Stadium in Laramie, Wyo. WSU won the game 41-19. (Tyler Tjomsland / The Spokesman-Review)
WSU fans congratulate Washington State Cougars head coach Mike Leach after defeating Wyoming during the second half of a college football game on Saturday, September 1, 2018, at War Memorial Stadium in Laramie, Wyo. WSU won the game 41-19. (Tyler Tjomsland / The Spokesman-Review)
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LARAMIE, Wyo. – There was nothing perfect about it, and who anticipated it would be for a team that faced as much offseason attrition, and has as much to replace as much as the Washington State Cougars?

No Luke Falk. No Hercules Mata’afa. No Cody O’Connell. No Alex Grinch. No problem – at least not yet – for Mike Leach and the retooled Cougars.

Gardner Minshew tossed three touchdowns in his first start as a Pac-12 quarterback, all-purpose tailbacks James Williams and Max Borghi combined to score three times and the WSU defense, under the direction of first-year coordinator Tracy Claeys, held Wyoming’s offense at bay more times than not, allowing the Cougars to pull away for a 34-19 victory in the season opener at War Memorial Stadium.

Minshew endured a shaky second quarter to finish 38-of-57 passing for 319 yards, three touchdowns and one interception. Williams carried the ball 16 times, gained 82 yards and scored a touchdown, while catching 10 passes for 53 yards and a touchdown. Borghi, a true freshman playing in his first college game, caught a 6-yard touchdown pass in the third quarter and rumbled for a 14-yard rushing TD in the fourth.

Claeys’ defense made things challenging for Wyoming QB Tyler Vander Waal, who finished with fewer than 100 yards and completed less than 50 percent of his throws. Nico Evans contributed 89 rushing yards for the Cowboys in 3 1/2 quarters, and scored one of their two touchdowns, but the senior running back left the game before the fourth with a chest injury.

The Cougars (1-0) continue nonconference play next Saturday at home against San Jose State (0-1) in a late-night 8 p.m. game at Martin Stadium (Pac-12 Networks).

Minshew had to wait four plays to throw his first c pass for the Cougars. Uncharacteristically, Leach opened WSU’s first offensive drive with three straight run calls for junior James Williams, which netted 24 yards, and Minshew threw 9-yard pass to Jamire Calvin to move the Cougars past midfield. After a 36-yard hookup with Calvin, Minshew and the offense were stopped in the end zone and had to settle for a 24-yard field goal from Arkansas transfer Blake Mazza.

WSU’s defense, in its first game under new defensive coordinator Tracy Claeys, got three straight stops in the first quarter and Minshew fired his first touchdown as a Cougar, for 10 yards to Williams, to make it 10-0.But the Cougars were eventually buried under their own miscues – a fumble fro Max Borghi that led directly to a rushing touchdown from Nico Evans and a Minshew interception that eventually turned into Wyoming’s second TD, a 23-yard jet sweep from Avante’ Cox.

The Cowboys dialed up two more points when WSU long snapper Kyle Celli fired a snap over Oscar Draguicevich III’s head, forcing the Cougar punter to chase it down. When Draguicevich III landed on the ball near the 1-yard line, he was tackled and the ball squirted into the end zone.

But after trailing 19-13, the Cougars, behind Minshew’s arm and the tailback duo of Williams and Borghi, managed to outscore the Cowboys 28-0 the rest of the way and capped the dominant win with a 3-yard scoring burst from Williams with 4:12 left in the game. – Theo Lawson

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That’s a wrap. #WSU deals #Wyoming a 41-19 home loss. Cougars outscored Cowboys 28-0 after trailing 19-13. Guess the beet juice worked after all. pic.twitter.com/pKMFbQQGGu

— Theo Lawson (@TheoLawson_SR) September 1, 2018

Q4 0:44: WSU 41, Wyoming 19: James Williams finishes off his solid game with a 3-yard touchdown run. Williams racked up 135 total yards of offense.

Q4 5:50: WSU 34, Wyoming 19: Max Borghi powers 14 yards up the gut for his second touchdown of the game to put an exclamation point on a six-play, 54-yard drive. Gardner Minshew connected on 4 of 5 passes on the drive to get the Cougs into the red zone.

#AnotherOne

Max Borghi scores his SECOND touchdown in his first collegiate game.

📺 CBSSN#WSUvsWYO | #Pac12FB pic.twitter.com/ds54qfMOwa

— Pac-12 Network (@Pac12Network) September 1, 2018

Q4 10:55: WSU 27, Wyoming 19: After a James Williams run to open the drive, Gardner Minshew connects on three straight passes, the last one a 7-yard touchdown strike to Easop Winston in the back corner of the end zone. A solid three-and-out from the Cougs defense on Wyoming’s previous possesion provided WSU with great field position to start the drive, at Wyoming’s 48.

Minshew II delivers a beautiful pass to Easop Winston JR for his first career TD! #GoCougs pic.twitter.com/0aFU25bXzC

— WSU Cougar Football (@WSUCougFB) September 1, 2018

End of Q3: Cougars rally to take the lead. James Williams has 87 yards of total offense.

Q3 3:51: WSU 20, Wyoming 19: A eventful drive ends with Gardner Minshew finding Max Borghi out of the backfield for a 5-yard touchdown pass. The Cougs converted a fourth and 6 when Minshew floated a pass to Jamire Calvin for 9 yards. WSU also broke out a new formation, which resembled something out of a sandlot game, with Kyle Sweet snapping the ball with offense to his left. Both angled snaps went to James Williams who carried for 5 yards on the first play and 4 on the second.

MAXING OUT!

Max Borghi scores his first career touchdown to give @WSUCougFB a 20-19 lead.

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— Pac-12 Network (@Pac12Network) September 1, 2018

There’s a play I’ve been seeing a ton in practice (but couldn’t write about). Sweet, with the entire offense to his left, snaps to James Williams on consecutive plays. Gets the Cougars 6 yards.

— Theo Lawson (@TheoLawson_SR) September 1, 2018

Mike Leach reinventing the game as we know it all for a three (3) yard gain pic.twitter.com/uac1JQMszG

— Barstool Sports (@barstooltweetss) September 1, 2018

Q3 8:48: Wyoming 19, WSU 13: A 30-yard field goal by Cooper Rothe pushes the Cowboys lead to 6. A 23-yard catch-and-run from Raghib Ismail Jr., on third and 21 pushed Wyoming deep into WSU territory.

Halftime: Wyoming 16, WSU 13: The Cougars started fast, jumping out to a 10-0 lead behind Gardner Minshew and James Williams. Wyoming hung tough and eventually capitalized on a WSU special teams mistake and two Cougs’ turnovers. Minshew is 17 of 30 passing for 128 yards, one touchdown and one interception. Williams has 56 yards of total offense and a 2-yard TD reception. Wyoming has rushed for 89 yards and two touchdowns. Nico Evans (57 yards) powered in for the Cowboys’ first TD before Avante’ Cox took his only carry off tackle for a 23-yard score.

Marcus Strong comes up with the takeaway! #GoCougs pic.twitter.com/7hPknZ3oLg

— WSU Cougar Football (@WSUCougFB) September 1, 2018

Q2: Wyoming 16, WSU 13: Another Cougars turnover leads to another Cowboys touchdown. This time it’s Avante’ Cox carrying it in for Wyoming on a 23-yard run off a fly sweep. Gardner Minshew’s pick and Max Borghi’s fumble making an impact in Laramie.

You want creativity on 1st Down? You got it.@wyo_football capitalizes on the turnover and now they lead 16-13. pic.twitter.com/5ONHbkXc9L

— CBS Sports Network (@CBSSportsNet) September 1, 2018

Minshew is blitzed and hustled into a poor throw. He’s intercepted by Antonio Hull and #Wyoming takes over. Second turnover of the half for the Cougars.

— Theo Lawson (@TheoLawson_SR) September 1, 2018

Q2: WSU 13, Wyoming 9: Cougs respond to Wyoming’s touchdown with Blake Mazza’s second field goal of the game, this one from 41 yards out. The big strike of the methodical, 9-play drive was Tay Martin’s 31-yard reception on third and six to get the Cougs into Wyoming territory.

Red shirt freshman with some POISE. @WSUCougFB ‘s Blake Mazza is 2/2 on kicks in his college debut. pic.twitter.com/onnEqVbobB

— CBS Sports Network (@CBSSportsNet) September 1, 2018

Q2: WSU 10, Wyoming 9: Cowboys capitalize on Cougars turnover with running back Nico Evans bulldozing his way in form 8 yards out. The 30-yard drive pulls Wyoming within 1.

Just a tough run from Nico Evans. @wyo_football is SURGING right now. pic.twitter.com/erq3l1E4eg

— CBS Sports Network (@CBSSportsNet) September 1, 2018

Max Borghi gets stripped on shovel pass and after review, the call stands. Cowboys take over on WSU 30.

— John Blanchette (@JPBlanchette) September 1, 2018

End of Q1: Cougars lead by 8. QB Gardner Minshew is 9 of 14 passing for 74 yards and one TD.

Q1: WSU 10, Wyoming 2: An error by the WSU special teams gets Wyoming on the board.

#Wyoming gets on the board with a safety. Bad snap to Oscar Draguicevich III, so the punter tries to recover by throwing it from the 1-yard line. He’s hit hard and the ball rolls into the end zone. 10-2 #WSU.

— Theo Lawson (@TheoLawson_SR) September 1, 2018

Make it consecutive three-and-outs for the Tracy Claeys defense. Cowboys have just 5 offensive yards on two drives. Kyle Sweet back to receive the #Wyoming punt.

— Theo Lawson (@TheoLawson_SR) September 1, 2018

Q1: WSU 10, Wyoming 0: Cougs finish a 10-play drive with a two-yard touchdown pass from Gardner Minshew to James Williams. Minshew continues to carve up the Cowboys defense from the pocket. The East Carolina transfer is 8 of 11 for 70 yards. Williams has 58 yards of total offense.

James Williams makes it 10-0
Cougs with the 2-yard TD catch! #GoCougs pic.twitter.com/xkIEOVR3gE

— WSU Cougar Football (@WSUCougFB) September 1, 2018

Q1: WSU 3, Wyoming 0: Cougs jump on the board first with a nine-play, 68-yard drive capped by a 24-yard field goal by Blake Mazza. WSU QB Gardner Minshew completed 4 of 4 passes for 52 yards, but had to settle for his checkdown on third and goal.

The first kick of his college career is MONEY for Blake Mazza.@WSUCougFB gets on the board first. pic.twitter.com/a3hefIoGfU

— CBS Sports Network (@CBSSportsNet) September 1, 2018

LB Peyton Pelluer and WR Kyle Sweet are the #WSU captains today.

— Theo Lawson (@TheoLawson_SR) September 1, 2018

Here come the Cowboys. #GoWyo #wyosports pic.twitter.com/I7unY45LUi

— Robert Gagliardi (@rpgagliardi) September 1, 2018

Ragtime Cowboy Joe just prior to kickoff for @wyo_football vs. Washington State. #GoWyo #wyosports pic.twitter.com/q0d6aO1zdx

— Robert Gagliardi (@rpgagliardi) September 1, 2018

Gardner Minshew goes through pregame throwing drills with the #WSU receivers. He was also the first QB out for the skeleton drill. pic.twitter.com/cPD76sC3eZ

— Theo Lawson (@TheoLawson_SR) September 1, 2018

A ritual for the #WSU defensive players: opening a literal can of “whoop ass” before the game. pic.twitter.com/KXXDM2WmmG

— Theo Lawson (@TheoLawson_SR) September 1, 2018

Thunderstorms were in the forecast today, which proves why you should never trust the forecast. Couldn’t ask for better opening-day weather in Laramie. #WSU and #Wyoming to kickoff at 12:30 p.m. PDT. pic.twitter.com/KX5rfeQ964

— Theo Lawson (@TheoLawson_SR) September 1, 2018