University of Wyoming RB Xazavian Valladay used Friday afternoon’s game against the University of Hawai’i Rainbows as his case to take the next step to the NFL.
Many experts have predicted that Valladay could be headed in the direction of playing on Sunday, and his 170 yards on 32 attempts and two touchdowns only validated those predictions, as he single-handily carried the Cowboys to a 31-7 victory over the Rainbow Warriors Friday afternoon in Laramie, Wyoming.
The Cowboys offensive line, which averaged over 300 pounds per man, grounded on the smaller Rainbow Warriors’ defense line amassing 281 total rushing yards to fatigue the Rainbow Warriors into submission.
Valladay began the scoring summary with an 18-yard rushing touchdown to give the Cowboys a 7-0 lead with 12:53 left in the first quarter.
The Cowboys added to the lead when John Holland tacked on another field goal to give them a 10-0 lead, with John Hoyland kicked a field goal with 9:55 left in the first half.
The Hawai’i Rainbows appeared to gain momentum back when they established a late first-half that culminated in a 3-yard rush by Dae Dae Hunter with 1:04 left in the first half.
Hunter’s scamper would be the only score the Rainbow Warriors would achieve throughout the entire contest.
Throughout most of the third quarter, the game appeared to be up for grab, as Hawai’i tried to capilitizle on the late second-quarter momentum shift, but couldn’t sustain their late first-half momentum.
Cowboys RB Trey Smith scored on a 1-yard rush with 8:19 left in the third quarter, gave Wyoming the necessary separating they needed to continue to pound on the smaller Rainbow Warriors defensive front in the fourth quarter.
In the fourth quarter, the Cowboys continued to rush the ball with Valladay and Smith, both of who scored touchdowns.
Valladay scored with a 6-yard rush with 8:19 to go in the fourth quarter, and Smith scored on a 2-yard rush with 1:48 left to play in the game to conclude the scoring for both teams.
The Rainbow Warriors lost could be read in the statistical analysis. They were on 3-of-14 on their third-down conversions throughout the game.
Hawai’i generated a total of 233 yards including rushing and passing on the offensive front, as their passing game continued to struggle.
QB Chevan Cordeiro was 11-of-26 for 110 yards passing and has yet to throw a touchdown pass this season.
The Rainbows will get ready to take on New Mexico in their home opening debut next Saturday at O’ahu.
The Rainbow Warriors haven’t won in Wyoming since 1991.
For full coverage of the Rainbow Warriors-Cowboys’ game please read Sunday’s edition of the paper.
Source: The Garden Island