Cowboys win 111th annual Border War against Colorado State, 17-7

The Pokes celebrate with the Bronze Boot Trophy as they win the 111th annual Border War.
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LARAMIE, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now)- The Wyoming Cowboys were able to keep the Bronze Boot in Laramie Friday night as they beat Colorado State University in the 111th annual Border War, 17-7. Wyoming improves to 7-4 on the season, with an undefeated home record, 6-0. CSU still leads the all-time series at 58-48-5. The Cowboys lead the Bronze Boot trophy wins at 28-24. It was also senior night for the Pokes as 14 seniors played in their last game at War Memorial Stadium.

"Tremendous five years of work that's gone in this program, and just to cap it off with a win against CSU in the Border War on senior night, there's no better way to top it off," Senior linebacker Logan Wilson said.

For the offense, quarterback, Tyler Vander Waal, went 6-13, 56 yards, and ran for a touchdown. True freshman quarterback, Levi Williams, saw some action in the game, making an impact. Throwing, he went 2-2 for 25 yards. He had 13 rushes for 39 yards, and one touchdown, which would be his first as a Poke. Running back, Xazavian Valladay rushed 27 times for 154 yards, making it five consecutive 100+ yard games. He also reached the century mark for the first time in his career, recording 1,023 yards on the season.

The defense had a strong showing, allowing just 265 total offensive yards. Alijah Halliburton led the Pokes in tackles with 13 (4 solo, 1 TFL). Senior linebacker, Logan Wilson, had a historic night recording eight total tackles (5 solo), and an interception on CSU's final offensive possession. The eight tackles made it 404 career tackles for Wilson, becoming the fourth player in program history to record at least 400. He also moved pass Dakota Cox of New Mexico for No. 4 on the Mountain West all-time tackle list. The interception marked 10 for his career, which ties him for No. 3 in program history with former teammate Andrew Wingard and Mark Thomas, who played 1983-86.

Senior kicker, Cooper Rothe, became Wyoming's all-time leading scorer with 328 points, making two PAT's and a crucial 48-yard field goal in the fourth quarter.

"They're [UW Seniors] really special, and for them to be able to leave War Memorial Stadium with a victory four times over our rival, it doesn't get any better than that," UW head coach Craig Bohl said.

Wyoming will be on the road for their final regular season game against conference foe, Air Force. The game is on Saturday, November 30. Kick-off is at noon.