Xazavian Valladay and Nico Evans combined for more than 300 yards rushing and three touchdowns for Wyoming as the Cowboys became bowl eligible Saturday with a 31-3 win over New Mexico.

Valladay had 192 yards and two scores, and Evans went for 142 yards and a one touchdown.

Wyoming running back Nico Evans (22) scores a touchdown against New Mexico during the first half of an NCAA college football game in Albuquerque, N.M., Saturday, Nov. 24, 2018. (AP Photo/Andres Leighton)
Wyoming running back Nico Evans (22) scores a touchdown against New Mexico during the first half of an NCAA college football game in Albuquerque, N.M., Saturday, Nov. 24, 2018. (AP Photo/Andres Leighton)

The Wyoming (6-6, 4-4 Mountain West) ground game helped overcome a lackluster passing attack as Tyler Vander Waal completed just four passes for 41 yards.

But the Lobos (3-9, 1-7) were even worse through the air as Coltin Gerhart and Sheriron Jones combined for three completions and 34 yards. At halftime, New Mexico had 3 yards passing.

Wyoming running back Xazavian Valladay (23) scores a touchdown against New Mexico during the first half of an NCAA college football game in Albuquerque, N.M., Saturday, Nov. 24, 2018. (AP Photo/Andres Leighton)
Wyoming running back Xazavian Valladay (23) scores a touchdown against New Mexico during the first half of an NCAA college football game in Albuquerque, N.M., Saturday, Nov. 24, 2018. (AP Photo/Andres Leighton)

Wyoming took control of the game from the outset, going 65 yards on the opening possession, with Valladay slicing in from 21 yards out.

Wyoming quarterback Tyler Vander Waal (18) throws a pass against New Mexico during the first half of an NCAA college football game in Albuquerque, N.M., Saturday, Nov. 24, 2018. (AP Photo/Andres Leighton)
Wyoming quarterback Tyler Vander Waal (18) throws a pass against New Mexico during the first half of an NCAA college football game in Albuquerque, N.M., Saturday, Nov. 24, 2018. (AP Photo/Andres Leighton)

By halftime, the Cowboys led 14-3 and the game was never seriously in doubt thereafter.

New Mexico managed just 83 total yards, while Wyoming had 366 yards on the ground.

Wyoming running back Xazavian Valladay (23) celebrates after scoring a touchdown against New Mexico during the first half of an NCAA college football game in Albuquerque, N.M., Saturday, Nov. 24, 2018. (AP Photo/Andres Leighton)
Wyoming running back Xazavian Valladay (23) celebrates after scoring a touchdown against New Mexico during the first half of an NCAA college football game in Albuquerque, N.M., Saturday, Nov. 24, 2018. (AP Photo/Andres Leighton)

THE TAKEAWAY

Wyoming coach Craig Bohl gives a thumbs up to his players during the first half of an NCAA college football game against New Mexico in Albuquerque, N.M., Saturday, Nov. 24, 2018. (AP Photo/Andres Leighton)
Wyoming coach Craig Bohl gives a thumbs up to his players during the first half of an NCAA college football game against New Mexico in Albuquerque, N.M., Saturday, Nov. 24, 2018. (AP Photo/Andres Leighton)

Wyoming has won four in a row and proved to be one of the hotter Mountain West teams over the season’s final month. The Cowboys’ winning streak reversed a four-game losing skid that nearly knocked them from bowl contention.

New Mexico, after consecutive 3-9 seasons, is at a crossroads as the seven-year tenure of coach Bob Davie is on somewhat shaky ground, especially with the attendance mired in a downhill spiral throughout the season, totaling about 100,000.

Wyoming quarterback Tyler Vander Waal (18) is stumbled by New Mexico linebacker Jordan Flack (29) as Wyoming offensive tackle Rudy Stofer (62) looks on during the first half of an NCAA college football game in Albuquerque, N.M., Saturday, Nov. 24, 2018. (AP Photo/Andres Leighton)
Wyoming quarterback Tyler Vander Waal (18) is stumbled by New Mexico linebacker Jordan Flack (29) as Wyoming offensive tackle Rudy Stofer (62) looks on during the first half of an NCAA college football game in Albuquerque, N.M., Saturday, Nov. 24, 2018. (AP Photo/Andres Leighton)

UP NEXT

Wyoming quarterback Tyler Vander Waal (18) throws a pass after evading the tackle by New Mexico linebacker Jordan Flack (29) during the first half of an NCAA college football game in Albuquerque, N.M., Saturday, Nov. 24, 2018. (AP Photo/Andres Leighton)
Wyoming quarterback Tyler Vander Waal (18) throws a pass after evading the tackle by New Mexico linebacker Jordan Flack (29) during the first half of an NCAA college football game in Albuquerque, N.M., Saturday, Nov. 24, 2018. (AP Photo/Andres Leighton)

The Cowboys earned bowl eligibility with their sixth win, but another game is far from assured as, entering the weekend, there were 23 teams vying for the final six bowl spots that had not been unofficially committed. The Mountain West has five guaranteed bowl tie-ins, and the Cowboys are the sixth conference team to be bowl eligible.

New Mexico’s season is over, ending in a seven-game losing streak for the second consecutive season.

Source: The Associated Press