LARAMIE, Wyo. — Sophomore Bradlee Van Pelt threw for 115 yards and added 85 yards rushing in his starting debut as Colorado State beat Wyoming 42-14 on Saturday.
It was the fifth time in a row that CSU (2-2, 1-0 Mountain West) has beaten Wyoming (2-2, 0-1) in Laramie. The victory allows the Rams to retain the Bronze Boot — the trophy of the Border War rivalry.
The Cowboys' sophomore quarterback, Casey Bramlet, tallied 162 yards through the air and minus-4 on the ground.
Wyoming fell apart beginning late in the third quarter, allowing a field goal followed by three unanswered touchdowns.
With about seven minutes left, the Cowboys had the ball just two plays when Adam Wade intercepted and ran 33 yards to the Wyoming 2 yard line. Michael Vomhof scored from a yard out two plays later.
A few minutes before that, Jose Ochoa caught a 5-yard pass to put the Rams ahead 35-14.
CSU widened the game to 28-14 late in the third quarter after Jason Gallimore intercepted Bramlet and ran 23 yards to the Wyoming 8. Henri Childs scored from 2 yards two plays later and Van Pelt ran in for the two-point conversion.
Three minutes earlier, the Rams advanced to 20-14 late in the third quarter on a 38-yard field goal by Naughton.
Capping the Cowboys' first drive of the second half, Nate Scott rushed from 4 yards and put Wyoming within 17-14.
AIR FORCE 45, SAN DIEGO ST. 21: Keith Boyea ran for 88 yards and three touchdowns and passed for 92 yards as Air Force beat San Diego State.
Boyea, who sat out most of the fourth quarter, scored on runs of 3, 2 and 7 yards as the Falcons (2-1, 1-0 Mountain West) took a 28-14 halftime lead. He also completed 6 of 14 passes.
James Burns also had a pair of 1-yard TD runs for the Falcons, who converted 12 of 18 third-down plays and had had four scoring drives of 70 yards or more.
The Falcons rushed 66 times for 307 yards and gained 427 yards in total offense as they matched their point total from last season's 45-24 victory over San Diego State.