Pokes plaster Chippewas in tater bowl behind pro prospect QB

WYOMING –Wyoming easily handled Central Michigan University in a bowl game billed as Cowboy’s quarterback Josh Allen’s coming out party. The Cowboys rode Allen’s golden arm and their take-away defense for a 37-14 win in the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl.

The final score was less important to most pro scouts on hand for the game in Boise than was the performance of top NFL prospect Josh Allen, who is expected to be a first round pick and perhaps number one overall in next year’s draft.

John Elway (at right) studies Josh Allen during warmups for the Famous Potato Bowl in Boise, Idaho. (Alex Corddry Twitter)

Allen, playing for the first time since spraining his throwing shoulder on November 11 against Air Force, had a game that likely only raised his stock in the eyes of scouts. Denver Bronco GM John Elway—a legend under center himself—was seen standing on the sidelines for the pregame warmup; attending the event, one would speculate, to take a good look at Allen.

Allen had a solid game with modest stats (11-19, 154 yds, 3 TDs, 0 Int). He wasn’t needed much in the second half as the Pokes cruised to victory on the strength of their ball-hawking defense that took advantage of a school record eight takeaways (4 fumbles and 4 interceptions).

The numbers associated with Allen that have scouts drooling are found less on the field and more under the pads at this point. At 6’5”, 220lb, the QB is physically gifted—strong and athletic enough to shed tacklers when protection breaks down, allowing him to extend plays. Combined with a cannon arm, #17 makes for a rare package specimen cherished in today’s pro-set offenses.

For the Cowboys, it was the first time they have appeared in back-to-back bowl games since 1987-88. They lost to BYU in last year’s Poinsettia Bowl. The Cowboys finished the season with an 8-5 record.

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