November 18, 2012
Cowboys Hold On To Defeat UNLV 28-23
Following a career-performance last week, Wyoming quarterback Brett Smith bested that by torching the UNLV secondary, completing 25 of 33 passes for 412 yards and three touchdowns to lead the Cowboys to a 28-23 win on Saturday.
Wyoming has won three straight games after losing its previous four, while UNLV lost its second straight.
Smith, who threw for 374 yards last week at New Mexico, has completed 88 of 132 pass attempts for 12 touchdowns and 1,237 yards over his last four games. He hasn't thrown an interception in 139 pass attempts.
Wyoming, which came into the game ranked No. 1 in the Mountain West and 18th nationally in fewest turnovers lost (12), enjoyed its third straight game without committing a turnover.
Game Day Notes
The Cowboys won their third-straight game, the longest winning streak of the season.
Wyoming now leads the overall series with UNLV 11-10.
UW earned back-to-back road wins for the first time this year.
Sophomore quarterback Brett Smith had a career-high 412 yards passing and three touchdowns. He now has 14 career games with 200-plus passing yards and five with 300-plus.
Smith's 412 passing yards marked the 11th time in UW history that a quarterback has passed for 400 or more yards in a single game. It puts him No. 9 on Wyoming's single-game passing yardage list, passing Tom Corontzos against San Diego State in 1991 with 403.
Smith has accounted for 1,021 passing yards over the last three games, and has tossed 11 TDs. He also has not thrown an interception in that stretch.
With 398 yards of total offense, Smith moved into sixth place in UW career total offense with 6,122 yards. He also grabbed the No. 6 spot in UW career passing yards with 5,199. He is just the seventh quarterback in Wyoming history to pass for 5,000 or more yards.
Junior H-back J.J. Quinlan had his first career catch and touchdown Saturday. Smith found Quinlan from five yards out for UW's second touchdown in the first quarter.
Senior wide receiver Chris McNeill caught two TD passes Saturday, the second time he has caught two TDs in a game. He now is tied for ninth in school history with 12 career receiving touchdowns.
Sophomore wide receiver Trey Norman caught a career-high six passes for 79 yards, his best day as a Cowboy.
Junior running back Brandon Miller finished with 88 yards on 12 carries, which included a career-long 66-yard run. His previous long was 42 yards.
Eight Cowboys caught at least one pass Saturday.
Redshirt freshman defensive end Eddie Yarbrough had seven totals stops, four tackles for loss and three sacks. Yarbrough now has four career sacks and it was the 16th time in UW history a player has had three sacks in a game.
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