RENO, Nev. -- The University of Wyoming Cowboys football team returned from its bye week by taking on Nevada late Saturday night in Reno, Nevada. It wasn't easy, but thanks to Brian Hill and a late interception, the Cowboys beat the Wolf Pack 42-34.
The Cowboys (5-2 overall, 3-0 MW Mountain) improved to 3-0 in conference play for the first time since 1989 when it was playing in the Western Athletic Conference.
Wyoming will host Boise State (8-0, 3-0 MW Mountain) for first place in the division next Saturday at 5 p.m. at War Memorial Stadium.
Wyoming never trailed in the game, but couldn't put away Nevada.
The Cowboys won thanks mainly to another terrific performance from junior running back Brian Hill.
Hill ran for 289 yards on 29 carries and scored three touchdown for Wyoming, his school-record seventh 200-yard game in his career. As a team Wyoming ran for 401 yards and totaled 549 in the game. And they needed all of them.
Wyoming led 21-13 at the half, and each team scored two touchdown in the third quarter for a 35-27 Cowboys lead.
After the Cowboys stopped Nevada on a deep drive and the Wolf Pack missed a short field goal, Wyoming appeared to put the game away with a 9-play, 80-yard drive to score on a Josh Allen 7-yard run for a 42-27 lead with 2:52 to play.
Nevada scored with 40 seconds left to pull within eight points and recovered the ensuing onside kick to get the ball back at its own 39 with 38 seconds left.
But on the next play UW sophomore linebacker Logan Wilson intercepted Nevada quarterback Ty Gangi to end the game.
Wyoming outgained Nevada 540-479, with the Wolf Pack throwing for 347 yards with Gangi, a backup, doing most of the damage after starter Tyler Stewart was hut.
Allen finished 8 of 12 passing for 135 yards for Wyoming and even caught a touchdown pass from Austin Conway and a reverse flea-flicker in the third quarter.
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