Iowa stifles Wyoming offense in season opener

Marsha Scott
September 4, 2017

Late in the second quarter, UW forced a turnover and had the ball at Iowa's 43-yard line. Iowa scored a touchdown with 22 seconds remaining, giving it a 14-3 halftime lead. Iowa went on to win the game 24-3.

Allen got to hear all about how good he is, too.

Allen finished Saturday's game 23 of 40 for 174 yards and two interceptions.

The Cowboys had little to no shot to win this game, although their defense gave them a chance by forcing four turnovers. The 2016 campaign was Allen's first as Wyoming's starting quarterback, as he replaced Cameron Coffman the season prior before getting hurt, and it was an eye-opener.

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It was the Hawkeye defense that shined throughout the day though, holding a potent Cowboy offense to just three points. It was his first game without a touchdown, either passing or rushing, since Wyoming's loss at Eastern Michigan previous year. Certainly there was a period of time at the end of the first half that changed the game.

Having begun his collegiate career at Reedley Community College, Josh Allen appeared in two games as a sophomore in 2015 before suffering a broken right clavicle that ended his first season at Wyoming. "They were playing the flat route, kind of our quick game, pretty well". "One of the better ones I have seen in a long time". Iowa recovered with great field position.

"We worked hard on stripping the football over the summer and it helped us make plays today", Bohl said. On the following play, Allen almost connected with Johnson on a deep pass in the endzone, but Johnson was just out of bounds after the play was reviewed. Rico Gafford came up big with a one handed interception.

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