LARAMIE, Wyo. (AP) -- Wyoming coach Joe Glenn had a
straightforward request for his players against UNLV: score early.
The Cowboys did that and more Saturday toward a 42-17 win,
giving them their best start (4-1, 2-0 Mountain West Conference)
since 1998 and their widest margin of victory in a 14-game series
with UNLV (1-4, 0-2).
Wyoming fell behind and had to fight back to win during their
last two games, against Ole Miss and Air Force. But against the
Rebels the Cowboys scored two touchdowns in the first quarter and
led 28-3 at halftime.
"We did some things we really wanted to do, and that was get in
the game early and get pitching and settle in," Glenn said.
Corey Bramlet finished 21-of-27 for 315 yards, the best passing
day of his career. Jovon Bouknight and Michael Ford were his most
frequent targets, with Bouknight making seven catches for 116 yards
and two touchdowns and Ford catching six for 101 yards.
First-year UNLV coach Mike Sanford said his players dug
themselves into a hole in the first half. They were also plagued
with penalties: 10 for a total loss of 53 yards.
But the Rebels had a quarterback who was playing his first NCAA
Division I game: Jarrod Jackson, a community college transfer who
replaced Shane Steichen, who is out with a broken finger.
Sanford said he was proud of how Jackson played. "He kept his
head up. He had his struggles and he got hit hard. Every time he
got back up at the end of the game, he was able to get some good
things done," he said.
Jackson said it was fun to get out and play in a game. "I made
some mistakes, but I am happy that we were able to get the ball
into the end zone in the fourth quarter," he said.
Jackson made two touchdown passes in the final 3 minutes: once
to Casey Flair for 9 yards and then, after an onside kick gave the
Rebels the ball back, to Greg Estandia for 2 yards. But there
wasn't time left to get back in the game.
Before that, the Rebels' only score was a 29-yard field goal by
Sergio Aguayo in the second quarter to make it 14-3.
Besides Bouknight's long touchdown catches, the Cowboys opened
scoring on a 31-yarder to Wade Betschart. In the second half,
Derrick Martin had an interception to score from 10 yards out.
Wynel Seldon finished with two rushing touchdowns for the