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Colorado and Air Force claimed wins in the West over the weekend, beating Wyoming and Colorado State, respectively. The win pushes the Buffs to 4-0, needing just two more table points over two games to secure the conference championship.
Air Force is the only team still capable of eclipsing Colorado. The Zoomies would need bonus-point wins over Wyoming Saturday and Colorado Sunday, as well as a Colorado State win over CU Wednesday, to have a chance.
For Air Force, Saturday’s win stopped a two-game skid, during which the Zoomies fell to both the Cowboys and the Buffs.
“We’re finding our old form, I think. We probably had 70-percent possession the whole match, just controlled the ball. I’m a little disappointed we didn’t get more scores. We probably messed around with the ball too much and let it slip away a bit,” said Air Force coach Joe Muehlbauer of the Colorado State win.
“CSU’s a good defensive team. We did well. I think our defense and our tackling and our aggressiveness was a step up from where we’d been the last couple of matches. So I think that was the difference.”
Air Force got the usual standout performance from All American No. 8 Jack Bristol, and it was accompanied by a big game from sophomore lock Heath Reichenbach
“Heath played well and got a nice try – a lot of his own effort. He played well the whole game – good defender, really quick, really good in attack.”
Colorado’s win over Wyoming wasn’t a sure thing until the death. The Cowboys led most of the game, including 15-10 in the first half, and 22-15 and 22-20 in the second half. The score was knotted at 15-15 going into intermission.
The Buffs’ inability to make conversions was took its toll. Colorado ran in five tries to Wyoming’s three, but the Cowboys converted two and slotted a penalty. Jacob Shomer scored twice for Colorado on the day, the second coming under the posts off a penalty at the death to secure the win.