LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Wyoming coach Dave Christensen knew if his team was still in the game in the fourth quarter, it had a chance against 18th-ranked Nebraska.,
The four-touchdown-underdog Cowboys were in it all right. They just couldn't finish in a 37-34 loss Saturday night.
Wyoming converted two Nebraska turnovers into touchdowns to cut a 16-point deficit to three with 1:32 left and had the ball when time ran out.
"The 92,000 out there didn't expect us to win," Christensen said. "The pressure's all on them. We got it where we wanted it. We just didn't take advantage and make enough plays to get it done."
The Cowboys generated 602 yards, with Brett Smith completing 29 of 43 passes for 383 yards and four touchdowns. Dominic Rufran caught 11 of his passes for 120 yards, and Shaun Wick rushed for another 101.
"It came down to the final seconds. We put up better numbers," Smith said. "I'm proud of our guys but, shoot, it hurts. You want to forget that you lost but you want to remember it, too, because of how you feel.
"You have to look at the good things and take as many good things as you can from it. That's how you get better."
Nebraska's Taylor Martinez completed 17 of 22 passes for 155 yards. Ameer Abdullah ran for 114 yards and Imani Cross for 105 and two touchdowns.
Nebraska needed all 530 of its total yards because Wyoming was able to put up alarming numbers against a defense that had to replace eight defensive starters.
The Huskers never could get comfortable, not even after Ciante Evans' interception at the Nebraska 10 with his team leading by 16 points with less than 10 minutes left in the game.
The Cowboys got the ball back when Blair Burns intercepted Martinez, and Smith's 29-yard touchdown to Jalen Claiborne pulled the Cowboys within 37-27 with 6:02 to play. The Cowboys' 2-point try failed when Smith was sacked by Josh Mitchell.
After Marqueston Huff recovered Martinez' fumble at the Wyoming 38, Smith found Herron along the right sideline for another TD that stunned the crowd on a sweltering night at Memorial Stadium.