Wyoming Punter Whiffs the Ball on Punt Attempt


True freshman punter Tim Zaleski completely missed a punt during Wyoming's 24-3 loss to Iowa. Iowa scored a touchdown with 22 seconds remaining, giving it a 14-3 halftime lead.

Noah Fant caught two of the scoring strikes for the Hawkeyes (1-0) while the Iowa defense held the Cowboys to 59 yards rushing and picked off Wyoming quarterback Josh Allen, who is high on most National Football League draft boards next year, twice.

"There were some good things that we did out there, but right now it doesn't feel too good", Bohl said.

Wyoming's defense forced four turnovers. That game was also Wyoming's last game with fewer than 300 total yards of offense. It was his first game without a touchdown, either passing or rushing, since Wyoming's loss at Eastern Michigan previous year.

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Allen, a junior quarterback who has National Football League scouts drooling (12 scouts from seven different teams were at Saturday's game), was quite pedestrian. Certainly there was a period of time at the end of the first half that changed the game. He had a career-high 10 tackles for UW and added a sack along with a forced fumble.

"This wasn't the outcome we wanted, but we'll grow from it and we'll be better", Allen said.

After the Cowboys' field goal early in the second quarter, the Hawkeyes held them scoreless the rest of the game. Iowa had been driving near midfield when Carl Granderson forced a fumble that Sidney Malauulu recovered. "They played the quick game really well".

3rd quarter, Stanley went deep to Nick Easley who dragged Rico Gafford and then dived in for the 45-yard touchdown. Wyoming took over with 50 seconds left in the half, but its drive was killed by a blatant intentional grounding on Allen's part.