Wyoming quarterback Joe Hughes hit Mike Jones in the end zone with 20 seconds to play Saturday to cap a 32-28 come-from-behind victory for the Cowboys over Fresno State.
The pass from seven yards out gave Wyoming (7-1 overall, 5-0 in the WAC) its only lead of the Western Athletic Conference game and allowed the Cowboys to stretch their winning streak to seven games and strengthen their hold on first place in the conference.Fresno State (5-3, 3-2) led the Cowboys throughout the day as Malcolm Seabron took two touchdown passes from quarterback Trent Dilfer and the Bulldog defense significantly hampered Wyoming's passing game, limiting Hughes to 18 completions of 30 attempts for 251 yards.
But the Cowboy defense held the Bulldogs scoreless in the final quarter and forced a fumble late in the game that set up Hughes' touchdown pass to Jones.
Both teams struggled early in the game with temperatures in the 30s that resulted in several dropped passes and fumbles.
Fresno State, behind Anthony Daigle and Ron Rivers with 151 yards and two touchdowns on the day, opened scoring on a 20-yard run by Rivers and the Cowboys responded with a 1-yard dash into the end zone by Terry Hendricks to tie things up at 7-7 early in the second quarter.
Seabron's first touchdown reception of the day, from four yards out, gave Fresno State a 14-7 advantage.
The Bulldog defense limited the Cowboys to just a field goal late in the second quarter while Daigle ran in for a score from the 1-yard line to give Fresno State a 21-10 lead at the half.
Colorado St. 21, New Mexico 20
At Fort Collins, Colo., Anthoney Hill converted an interception into a touchdown pass to Paul Turner to give Colorado State a victory over hard-luck New Mexico.
The victory raised CSU's overall record to 3-6 and 3-3 in the WAC while New Mexico fell to 3-5 overall and 2-4 in the WAC.
It was the Lobos' fourth loss by a field goal or less this season and their second by one point.
Air Force 31, Texas-El Paso 10
At Air Force Academy, Colo., third-string quarterback Preston McConnell, filling in for an injured Demond Cash, had an 8-yard scoring run and a 50-yard touchdown pass to lead Air Force to a victory over Texas-El Paso.
With Air Force ahead 24-10 late in the fourth quarter, McConnell directed a drive that took the Falcons 68 yards, to the UTEP 8-yard line, in 13 plays. Then McConnell ran in the ball to score the final touchdown of the game.
The win elevated Air Force (3-6, 1-5 WAC) from the WAC cellar and provided the Falcon's first win over a Division I-A team this season.