It was a key conference opener for both the Wyoming Cowboys and Hawai’i Rainbow Warriors and both teams gave gutsy performances before the Cowboys prevailed in the first overtime to capture a 28-21 home win. Wyoming improved to 2-2 overall and 1-0 in the Mountain West Conference. Hawai’i is now 2-2, 0-1 in the MW.
A 25-yard touchdown pass from junior quarterback Josh Allen to junior wide receiver James Price on the first play of overtime gave the Cowboys the lead at 28-21. Price was playing in his first game this season, after suffering a broken collarbone early in fall camp. Hawai’i, which had won the coin toss in overtime and chose to go on defense first, was then faced with having to score a TD to extend the game. Hawai’i senior running back Diocemy Saint Juste gained 10 yards on a first down rush down to the 15-yard line. On second down, UH quarterback Dru Brown attempted a pass that was tipped by Wyoming redshirt freshman defensive end Garrett Crall and intercepted by sophomore linebacker Cassh Maluia to give the Cowboys the victory.
It was the second straight year and the third time in the four years of the Craig Bohl era at Wyoming that Wyoming won its conference opener.