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Wyoming got off the proverbial schnide Saturday, beating Colorado State 49-26 for its first win of the DI-A season.

The Cowboys jumped out to an early 15-5 lead, but let the Rams back in the mix and trailed 21-15 at halftime.

“We got up early and relaxed, which is really, really sad, because we need to start learning how to win. We played better in the second half, like we had asked,” said Wyoming coach Rich Cortez.

“We tightened up the game, like we were supposed to do, instead of freelancing… The nice thing is we’re starting to show a little character when we’re not playing our best.”

The Cowboys scored four converted tries in the second half to Colorado State’s one unconverted touch down.

Wyoming is now 1-2, but Cortez says that record’s not indicative of the type team he has.

“The Arizona State game was a tough game, because we played two men down for 67 minutes, which is a tough thing to do when you’re playing a good team,” he said.

“BYU, we were playing two centers that weren’t up to speed, yet. That score was flattering to BYU. We are making progress, and that’s all we’re trying to do. We just have to maintain that work ethic, and it’ll show in the results.”

Wyoming’s next chance to show improvement is against Colorado in a week’s time. Colorado State hosts Air Force next weekend.