Wyoming mashes Kent State at the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl

Published: Dec. 22, 2021 at 12:26 AM CST
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BOISE, Idaho (Wyoming News Now) - The University of Wyoming Cowboys made their fourth bowl trip in six seasons a successful one. The Pokes ran over the Kent State Golden Flashes in a 52-38 victory in the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl on Tuesday.

Quarterback Levi Williams got the scoring started in the shootout with a 5-yard touchdown run. He wouldn’t be done scoring touchdowns with his legs.

Williams finished the game with 200 rushing yards and four touchdowns, which made him the first quarterback to ever accomplish that feat in a bowl game.

When he was able to catch his breath postgame game after running wild, Williams said “it’s awesome” when he’s able to find as much open field as he was able to on Tuesday.

“Kudos to the guys up front,” said Williams during his postgame press conference. “We had a really good game plan. Kent State played well, they just sucked in a little too far, gave me the opportunity to bust a few runs.”

He added a 42-yard touchdown through the air to his favorite target Isaiah Neyor before the end of the first half. It was Neyor’s 13th total touchdown of the season.

All of the explosive plays were enough to award Williams the MVP of the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl.

“I feel like I played my role pretty well,” said Williams after the game. “Like I said out there (during the postgame interview on the field), this game was dedicated to Ayden. I know he’s watching. He’s kind of having a tough time right now. My grandmother just passed, it’s to her. I know they’re watching over me today.”

Running backs Xazavian Valladay and Trey Smith also found the end zone on Tuesday. Smith scored a 49-yard touchdown, which helped salt the game away.

“What a great experience for our players, the city of Boise, Idaho, Famous Idaho Potato Bowl does a great job. Our players have thoroughly enjoyed it. We were real excited when this invitation came about.

“Obviously we’re really pleased with a win. Kent State is an excellent offense and capable defense. It was going to be a high-scoring game. It was going to be important for us to make some big plays. These guys to my left (Linebacker Chad Muma and Williams) certainly did that. We needed to come up with a win. I know we were disappointed after our last game. We felt like we were much better. But that’s in the rearview mirror.

“I thought our guys played well. We were challenged. We accepted the challenge. I want to wish Kent State the best. I think they’ve got a really good program. They’re going to win a lot of games in the future.

“But I can tell you the future looks really bright for Cowboy football, as well. I’m pleased obviously with the effort of the players and the coaches. We’re really excited about coming up with another win.”

The Cowboys finish the 2021 season with a 7-6 overall record.

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