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Ignore stats, a Super Bowl winning QB says, Wyoming’s Allen is still an NFL first-rounder

Wyoming quarterback Josh Allen tries to evade New Mexico running back Daryl Chestnut on Saturday, Oct. 28, 2017, in Laramie. The former Firebaugh High and Reedley College star passed for four touchdowns and ran for one in a 42-3 win.
Wyoming quarterback Josh Allen tries to evade New Mexico running back Daryl Chestnut on Saturday, Oct. 28, 2017, in Laramie. The former Firebaugh High and Reedley College star passed for four touchdowns and ran for one in a 42-3 win. THE CASPER STAR-TRIBUNE

Stats-wise, the 2017 season probably hasn’t gone the way Josh Allen hoped nor how many national experts predicted.

Entering Saturday, his 116.43 passer rating ranked ninth – in the 12-team Mountain West Conference.

Despite that, the Wyoming quarterback continues to draw praise, the best of the latest coming from a two-time Super Bowl champion quarterback. More importantly, don’t expect Allen to slip too far down the board at the 2018 NFL Draft.

Along with a bust-out performance against Mountain West rival New Mexico on Saturday night, Allen drew a new round of attention from New York Giants great Phil Simms as the ex-quarterback caught highlights of the current one in the game in Laramie.

The ex-Firebaugh High and Reedley College star completed 16 of 28 passes for 234 yards and a career high-tying four touchdowns and ran for the opening score in the Cowboys’ 42-3 victory over the Lobos.

“They are a chaotic team,” Allen said of the New Mexico defense, “they try to confuse you, but if you do it right back they were put in some bad situations. We had a lot crossing routes, different looks we hadn’t shown and it (put) them on their heels to take advantage of opportunities when they present themselves. ”

The Mountain West Preseason Offensive Player of the Year is being touted as a high first-round pick in the 2018 draft. He was one of 30 nationwide to be named to the Manning Award Preseason Watch List in August.

Simms offered his take to his Twitter followers.

“Watching @wyo_football and qb Josh Allen. I dont care about his stats, he is a high 1st rd. pick next yr in the draft,” Simms tweeted.

Of Allen’s fourth touchdown pass, Simms offered “@wyo_football did you see the throw by @J_Prodigy_5 to make the score 42-0?! Only a few NFL QBs could make it look that easy!”

NFL Network’s Adam Schein chimed in with an NFL executive’s comp to a current NFL standout.

For the season, the 6-foot-5 and 240-pounder has now completed 123 of 220 for 1,450 yards and 12 touchdowns against six interceptions.

The Cowboys (5-3, 3-1), needing a win to gain bowl eligibility, have four games remaining – including a Nov. 18 home game against Fresno State.

Anthony Galaviz: 559-441-6042, @agalaviz_TheBee

Wyoming 42, New Mexico 3

New Mexico

0

0

0

3

3

Wyoming

7

35

0

0

42

FIRST QUARTER

WYO — Allen 1 run (Rothe kick), 2:37

SECOND QUARTER

WYO — Fort 4 pass from Allen (Rothe kick), 12:07

WYO — Fort 2 run (Rothe kick), 4:32

WYO — Fort 11 pass from Allen (Rothe kick), 12:25

WYO — Okwoli 19 pass from Allen (Rothe kick), 2:46

WYO — Johnson 38 pass from Allen (Rothe kick), :58

FOURTH QUARTER

NM — FG Sanders 42, 14:08

A — 18,249.

New Mexico

Wyoming

First downs

13

18

Rushes-yards

40-115

32-75

Passing

69

234

Comp-Att-Int

10-25-5

16-28-0

Return Yards

114

2

Punts-Avg.

6-46.66

8-42.25

Fumbles-Lost

2-2

0-0

Penalties-Yards

6-55

5-50

Time of Possession

32:10

27:50

INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS

RUSHING — New Mexico, McQuarley 13-43, Owens 7-42, Gerhart 2-12, Moran 4-6, L.Jordan 7-6, Tuioti 3-3, Lilly 1-2, R.Jordan 2-1, Chestnut 1-0. Wyoming, Woods 11-25, Overstreet 7-24, Allen 4-20, N.Smith 2-8, Fort 1-2, M.Hall 1-0, Evans 2-(minus 2), Green 4-(minus 2).

PASSING — New Mexico, Tuioti 8-17-3-47, L.Jordan 2-8-2-22. Wyoming, Allen 16-28-0-234.

RECEIVING — New Mexico, Davis 2-17, Reed 2-16, Griffin 2-11, Hart-Johnson 1-17, Drennan 1-4, Owens 1-3, R.Jordan 1-1. Wyoming, Price 4-68, Johnson 2-44, Conway 2-39, Okwoli 2-30, Fort 2-15, Mayfield 1-14, Harshman 1-10, M.Hall 1-9, Crow 1-5.

MISSED FIELD GOALS — None.

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