Saturday, December 19, 2009
Instant analysis: Wyoming 35, Fresno State 28 2OT
By Graham Watson
The New Mexico Bowl turned out to be a great start to the bowl season with a double overtime affair. Wyoming came away with the upset win over Fresno State to end coach Dave Christensen's first season with a winning record.
Player of the game: Wyoming quarterback Austyn Carta-Samuels put the Cowboys on his back and carried them to victory. On both the game-tying and game-winning drives, Carta-Samuels made several plays to keep his team in the game.
What this means: This was a huge win for a Wyoming team that was picked to finish last in the Mountain West. Christensen did more with less than any coach in the country and now he has a huge win to build on for his young team heading into next season.
Second guessing: In the first overtime, Fresno State opted to go for the touchdown on fourth-and-1 rather than take the points with a chipshot field goal.
Best call: Wyoming converted three fourth downs on the final drive of regulation to put itself in position for Ian Watts to kick the game-tying field goal.
Turning point: With 8:20 remaining in the fourth quarter, Wyoming defensive lineman Mitch Unrein stripped Fresno State running back Ryan Mathews to give the Cowboys the ball and ultimately send them on the game-tying drive.