Wyoming wished to originate basically the most of its bowl sport after being handed over in the postseason final three hundred and sixty five days. Giving a freshman quarterback his first career commence up didn’t seem fancy the one means to accomplishing that purpose.
Levi Williams dealt with it proper comely and the Cowboys are using off from the 2019 season with a bowl victory.
Williams accounted for four scores, Xazavian Valladay ran for 204 yards and scored two touchdowns, and Wyoming rolled over Georgia Verbalize 38-17 in the Arizona Bowl on Saturday.
“He used to be indifferent, made a model of enormous plays,” Wyoming coach Craig Bohl said. “He had a couple things we desire he would possibly have had support, but for a freshman, for any quarterback, he played with a model of poise and composure.”
The Cowboys obtained six video games to become bowl eligible in 2018, yet came upon themselves at home looking out at TV after they weren’t among the many 78 teams to obtain bowl invites.
Once on the 2019 Arizona Bowl, the Cowboys turned to Williams over Tyler Vander Waal, who entered the switch portal but remained with the personnel for bowl practices. Williams did no longer panicked far from the highlight, hurting the Panthers with his arm and legs.
He threw for 234 yards and three touchdowns, with 53 yards and a obtain on the floor for the Cowboys (8-5), who racked up 524 yards to forestall the season on a excessive expose.
“He’s a large leader, a freshman stepping up on the enormous stage fancy this,” said Valladay, who had three catches for 91 yards and a touchdowns.
Georgia Verbalize (7-6) jumped to a 10-0 lead in the first quarter but had a onerous time stopping the enormous-play Cowboys. The Panthers additionally turned the ball over twice on downs deep in Wyoming’s stop in the 2d half of and had a a have to-have roughing the punter penalty that ended in Wyoming landing proper earlier than halftime.
The miscues wicked a gritty efficiency by Dan Ellington. Georgia Verbalize’s senior quarterback accounted for 236 yards and two touchdowns despite enjoying with a torn appropriate ACL.
“They ought write a e-book about Dan,” Panthers coach Shawn Elliott said. “You talk about coronary heart, you talk about braveness, you talk about management, you talk about enthusiasm, you talk about placing a program on your support.”
The Panthers acquired off to a swiftly commence up, marching like a flash for Ellington’s 4-yard TD crawl and going up 10-0 after a discipline purpose.
The Cowboys took over from there, scoring two touchdowns in no longer up to two minutes. Williams threw an 18-yard TD to Austin Conway and, following an interception thrown by Ellington, he came upon Valladay on an 8-yard obtain to position Wyoming up 17-7.
Early in the 2d quarter, Williams had an interception deep in Georgia Verbalize’s stop on an in unhappy health-suggested support-foot throw. He made a identical throw proper earlier than halftime, but that one modified into a 51-yard landing when Ayden Eberhardt broke two tackles, weaved by Georgia Verbalize’s secondary and broke one other kind out diving into the stop zone.
The landing came after Georgia Verbalize used to be known as for roughing the punter on a fourth and 16.
“Here you are in a seven-point ball sport, you are feeling fancy you are in inserting distance and that occurs,” Elliott said. “That used to be a severe moment in the sport.”
Williams and Valladay linked on a 63-yard pass to open the 2d half of and Valladay scored on a 1-yard crawl the following play.
Georgia Verbalize replied like a flash, pulling interior 31-17 when Ellington hit Cornelius McCoy on a 44-yard TD.
Wyoming kept gouging the Panthers’ defense, though. Valladay broke two tackles on a 62-yard crawl, constructing Williams’ 6-yard TD crawl around the supreme stop.
Ellington place in a intrepid effort whereas enjoying injured, but Georgia Verbalize’s defense gave up too many enormous-chunk plays.
Wyoming had a large offensive day to cap a disappointing stop to the regular season with a grab.
Ellington tore his ACL in opposition to Louisiana Monroe on Nov. 19 but kept enjoying, throwing for 2,291 yards and 21 TDs. The senior limped off in the 2d quarter of the Arizona Bowl after being hit, but returned late in the quarter and kept getting up.
“That’s one stressful son of a gun,” Wyoming security Alijah Halliburton said. “I didn’t know that you just would be in a position to presumably presumably crawl on a torn ACL and support running on it.”
Wyoming loses four starters to graduation on offense and five on defense. Williams is a freshman and Valladay is a sophomore, giving the Cowboys two key skill avid gamers coming support.
Georgia Verbalize loses proper two starters on offense and one on defense, so the Panthers needs to be in appropriate shape to presumably set one other faculty file for wins.