Cozart impresses again as Boise State tops Wyoming
BOISE – Where would Boise State be without Montell Cozart?
The graduate transfer continued to make a big impact on the Bronco offense, accounting for three second-half touchdowns in a 24-14 win over the Wyoming Cowboys at Albertsons Stadium Saturday night.
The rotation between starter Brett Rypien and Cozart was somewhat confusing at times, with Rypien leaving the field multiple times after making nice third-down throws to pick up first downs.
But it provided results in the second half, as the two combined to move the ball at a much better clip than a stagnant Boise State offense did in the first half.
Cozart rushed for 61 yards and two touchdowns and passed for 73 yards and another as Boise State rallied from a 7-3 halftime deficit to win a third consecutive game.
The Broncos had just three points and 118 yards of offense in the first half, but scored on three straight drives to start the second half to improve to 5-2 overall and 3-0 in Mountain West play.
Cozart became the first Bronco quarterback to rush for at least two touchdowns in a game since Grant Hedrick ran for two in the 2014 Mountain West title game.
The Boise State defense had two interceptions and did a nice job slowing down Wyoming quarterback Josh Allen.
Allen, who some say could be the No. 1 pick in the 2018 NFL Draft, completed just 12 of 27 passes for 131 yards and a touchdown and also had two interceptions. He also rushed for 65 yards and a touchdown, but was sacked four times.
Boise State trailed 7-3 at the half, but opened the third quarter with an 18-play, 71-yard drive that took 9:44 off the clock. Cozart scored on a 4-yard touchdown run to put the Broncos in front 10-7.
But Wyoming responded with a 10-play, 75-yard drive and retook the lead on a 20-yard pass from Josh Allen to Austin Fort that made it 14-10.
Boise State answered back with another lengthy drive and retook the lead at 17-14 on a creative play that had Brett Rypien throw a backwards pass to Cozart, who eluded a pair of defenders and dove across the goal line for a 4-yard rushing touchdown with 10:40 to play.
After Wyoming went 3-and-out, Boise State needed just three plays to take control of the game. A 22-yard pass from Rypien to Mattison set up a 24-yard touchdown pass from Cozart to Cedrick Wilson on the next play that extended the lead to 24-14 with 8:35 left.
A crowd of 35,565 stuck out a light rain and cold temperatures to see the Broncos avenge last year’s loss in Laramie in which Rypien was sacked and fumbled the ball out of the end zone for a game-deciding safety in the final minutes.
Boise State kept place with Colorado State at the top of the Mountain Division standings with the win. The two are now the only undefeated teams in the Mountain Division, with Wyoming dropping to 2-1.
The Broncos hit the road next Saturday for an 8 p.m. matchup at Utah State on CBS Sports Network.