Iowa stifles Cowboys run game, Wyoming drops season opener

The Cowboy defense forced four turnovers, but the Iowa defense held the Wyoming offense in check, as UW fell 24-3 in the season opener on Saturday afternoon in Kinnick Stadium in Iowa City, Iowa. Stanley and Fant connected on a 27-yard touchdown throw late in the first half to put Iowa up 14-3. He probably took some of the pressure off the rest of his team, most notably potential first round quarterback Josh Allen, because the whole team was underwhelming in their 24-3 loss.

"That's a good defense", Allen said.

Stanley finished the game 8-15 for 125 yards. But jitters and mistakes can be expected in the first game of a season. "Our players are disappointed and I am personally, but we got a game coming up next Saturday". It was his first game without a touchdown, either passing or rushing, since Wyoming's loss at Eastern Michigan a year ago.

"Defenses are going to play better; they're going to execute and game plan better, too", Allen said. Certainly there was a period of time at the end of the first half that changed the game. Senior Rico Gafford, an Iowa native recorded a pick on a tipped pass on the Hawkeyes' second possession.

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To the dismay of the 12 scouts from seven National Football League teams in attendance, Allen's 36-yard gem to Johnson was a rarity. "Those things like that are hard to shake off, and I try my best".

"This wasn't the outcome we wanted, but we'll grow from it and we'll be better", Allen said.

The ball bounced around on the field before being recovered by Iowa sophomore special teamer Devonte Young. Wyoming took over with 50 seconds left in the half, but its drive was killed by a blatant intentional grounding on Allen's part.

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