Behind the Numbers: Wyoming’s Overall 2023 Stats
LARAMIE -- Let's continue to put a bow on the regular season.
In other words, let's all find a constructive way to pass the time as we eagerly await Wyoming's bowl assignment.
Throughout the season we roll out this "Behind the numbers" series after each game, giving you a glimpse at what statistics helped lead to a big win or aided in a miserable loss. Fortunately for the Cowpokes, there were far more victories -- 8 -- than setbacks -- 4.
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Those losses, however, are still in the front of everyone's mind as championship weekend came to a close Saturday night.
There are currently 130 FBS football programs. The NCAA tracks stats for all of them. The main numbers below indicate where the Pokes landed at the national level.
Check them out right here:
That's where Wyoming is ranked in the rushing offense category, averaging 157.5 yards per game. Led by Harrison Waylee's 856 rushing yards, the Cowboys rolled up 1,890 as a team.
That's where Andrew Peasley and Co. landed in overall passing offense. UW averaged 167.2 yards per game through the air. Only Air Force (130th - 88.3 ypg) threw for less yards in the Mountain West Conference.
That's Wyoming's third-down conversion rate. Tim Polasek's offense managed to convert just 50-of-138 attempts for an overall average of .362.
The Cowboys' opponents converted 81-of-178 third-down opportunities in 2023. That's the worst mark in the Mountain West.
That's Wyoming's ranking when it comes to completion percentage. Peasley wrapped up the regular season completing 60.6% of his throws. Along with Evan Svoboda, that duo connected on 168-of-277 passes.
The Cowboys were one of the least penalized teams in the nation, committing just over four per game. On the season, this team was flagged 49 times through 12 games. Wyoming ranks ninth overall in fewest penalty yards with 428.
That's where Wyoming ranks in terms of fumbles lost with five in a dozen outings.
The Cowboys have recovered 11 fumbles, tied for the most in the conference behind Border War rival Colorado State.
Clayton Stewart averaged 38.89 yards per punt this season on 57 attempts. The senior finished with just six touchbacks.
Wyoming is tied for 16th overall in least interceptions thrown this season with six. Peasley is responsible for five of those and Svoboda tossed one pick in his lone start, a 31-10 loss at then No. 4 Texas.
Wrook Brown led the Cowboys with three interceptions and Wyett Ekeler snagged two of those through 12 regular-season games. Wyoming finished with 10 interceptions as a team this fall.
Wyoming gave up 215.7 yards per game through the air in 2023. Opponents connected on 18 touchdown throws and completed 239-of-399 passes.
That's where Wyoming's red zone defense finished this fall, allowing 38 scores -- 25 touchdowns and 13 field goals -- on 45 attempts inside the 20-yard line.
That's where the Cowboys' red zone offense landed. Polasek's offense made 37 trips inside the 20 and scored 32 times, including 25 touchdowns.
Wyoming's rushing defense allowed 144.6 yards per game on the ground during the regular season. That's an average of four yards per carry on 434 attempts. Opponents scored 11 rushing touchdowns.
Frank Crum and the rest of the Cowboys' offensive line allowed 25 quarterback sacks this season. That's an average of just over two per game.
That's where Wyoming ranks in scoring defense, allowing just 22.92 points per game. That unit gave up just a single touchdown over the final nine quarters of the season.
Over the final two games of the regular season, Wyoming's offense racked up 84 total points in blowout wins over Hawaii and Nevada. On the season, that group averaged 25.9 points per game.
DeVonne Harris and Braden Siders led the team with four quarterback sacks and Sabastian Harsh added three as the Cowboys got to the signal caller 24 times in 2023. That's an average of just two per game.
Wyoming's offense held possession of the football for an average of 29 minutes per game. That's 354 total minutes through 12 games.
That's where Wyoming ranks in terms of overall defense. Jay Sawvel's unit allowed 360.2 yards per game and gave up 31 touchdowns.
The Cowboys overall offense landed in the lower third of the nation, averaging just 324.8 yards per game. That unit accounted for 38 touchdowns.
Wyoming is tied for seventh in turnover margin, finishing the season at plus-10. As a team, the Cowboys turned the ball over 11 times. They also landed 21 takeaways.
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