Published: Mon, September 04, 2017
World Media | By Shelia Harmon

Iowa beats Wyoming in season opener, 24-3

Iowa beats Wyoming in season opener, 24-3

Wyoming Cowboys freshman punter Tim Zaleski had a rough start to his college career Saturday when his team faced off with the Iowa Hawkeyes. It resulted in a 5-yard loss, and Iowa was able to score on a 27-yard pass from Nate Stanley to Noah Fant and go into halftime up 14-3.

Wyoming trails Iowa 14-3 at half.

Allen got to hear all about how good he is, too.

Allen was 23 of 40 for 174 yards with two fourth-quarter interceptions.

Perhaps the most impressive part of the defense Saturday afternoon was its ability to make up for the turnovers its own offense had. The 2016 campaign was Allen's first as Wyoming's starting quarterback, as he replaced Cameron Coffman the season prior before getting hurt, and it was an eye-opener.

Wyoming scored 35.9 points per game and averaged 436.1 yards per game of total offense en route to eight wins last season.

"They're a really good defensive and a good program and this is what we expected of them", Allen said after the game about Iowa. The Cowboy defense were also stout holding Iowa to 263 yards of offense. "They'll be probably the best defense we see all year".

Saturday, though, was a struggle from the start to get the passing game rolling. Certainly there was a period of time at the end of the first half that changed the game. Wyoming was on the 36-yard-line and punting away to the Hawkeyes. "Those things like that are hard to shake off, and I try my best".

The ball bounced around on the field before being recovered by Iowa sophomore special teamer Devonte Young. Senior Rico Gafford, an Iowa native recorded a pick on a tipped pass on the Hawkeyes' second possession.

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