Wyoming shuts out Utah State on third downs

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By BOB MOEN Associated Press Writer

LARAMIE, Wyo. (AP) -- For the first time in his five years as coach at Wyoming, Joe Glenn could smile after the second game of the season.

Wynel Seldon rushed for two fourth-quarter touchdowns, and Wyoming's defense held Utah State to 0-for-13 on third downs as the Cowboys beat the Aggies 32-18 Saturday, marking the best start for Wyoming under Glenn.

"It's pretty special to come out of this weekend 2-0, and it's never happened in the time that I've been here," Glenn, who was hired in late 2002, said. "Our season started out right with our first two games at home in front of a friendly Wyoming crowd."

Wyoming beat Virginia 23-3 on Sept. 1.

Conversely, Utah State (0-2) lost its eighth straight road game.

Seldon and Devin Moore both finished with 85 yards rushing apiece for the Cowboys.

UW quarterback Karsten Sween completed 19 of 32 passes for 180 yards and a touchdown.

However, Sween also had two interceptions in the third quarter on consecutive possessions that led to Utah State scores, allowing the Aggies to gain an 18-14 lead.

"I just had a few bad throws, unfortunately they were big picks," Sween said.

After the first interception bounced off the hands of a Wyoming receiver, Aggies linebacker De'von Hall returned the ball 38 yards for a touchdown. The second interception, by cornerback Marquise Charles on an overthrown ball, set up a 16-yard TD pass from Leon Jackson to Kevin Robinson.

"Our defense made some plays to get us back into the game," Aggies coach Brent Guy said. "But in the end we made plays that caused us to lose the game; they made plays that won the game."

After the Cowboys pulled within a point on a field goal, Seldon put Wyoming back on top with a 1-yard TD run at the 6:54 mark of the fourth quarter. He sealed the victory with another 1-yard score with 1:44 left.

Seldon's first score capped a 14-play, 61-yard drive. Sween accounted for 50 yards on passes, including converting two third-down plays with an 11-yard pass to Michael Ford and a 12-yarder to Greg Bolling to keep the drive alive.

Sween said he corrected a flaw in his throwing motion that led to the two interceptions.

"I wasn't stepping off my front foot and really driving into the ball," he said. "And so I just had to tell myself to get it going and after that it wasn't a problem."

Seldon's second touchdown finished off a six-play, 28-yard drive set up by Jackson's fumble on a run. Moore accounted for all but 2 yards on the drive with runs.

"We won the turnover battle today, but in the end our turnover was more costly than their two turnovers," Guy said.

Jackson led the Aggies with 147 passing yards and the one touchdown. While the Aggies failed to convert on third down, they did succeed on four of their five attempts on fourth down and gained 280 yards on the day, including 133 on the ground.

"We were out there trying to fly around and our goal every possession is to have the offense go three and out, which I thought we did a good job with that," Wyoming cornerback Julius Stinson said.

Utah State has not won a road game since its 2005 finale victory over New Mexico State.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.) APTV-09-08-07 1809MDT

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