Rapid Reaction: Wyoming 37, CMU 14

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Football players listen to a coach during the Central Michigan vs Western Michigan football game on Nov. 1 at Waldo Stadium. 

Wyoming quarterback Josh Allen had a day. 

The 2018 NFL Draft prospect lifted Wyoming football to a 37-14 win over Central Michigan throwing 11-for-19 for 154 yards and three touchdowns. CMU turned the ball over eight times during the game. 

CMU has now lost four straight bowl games. Its last win came against Western Kentucky in the 2012 Little Caesars Pizza Bowl. 

In the first quarter, Allen threw seven passes, completing six, for 104 yards and three touchdowns. Allen's first quarter was highlighted by a 45-yard bomb to CJ Johnson for the third Wyoming touchdown of the season. 

CMU's only bright spot in the first quarter came from running back Jonathan Ward. He caught a 74-yard touchdown on a wheel route down the left side of the field. Originally, the referees said Ward stepped out of bounds at the two-yard-line, however the play was reviewed and confirmed a touchdown. 

Wyoming suffered an injury scare to Allen with about eight minutes left in the second quarter. After Allen was cleared, Morris threw an interception in CMU's own half. This was the third CMU turnover in the first half. 

Minutes later, Morris threw another interception after a Wyoming linebacker tipped the ball near the line of scrimmage. 

CMU drove down the field in the second half. However, when targeting Tyler Conklin on the right side of the field, Morris threw his third interception and fifth CMU turnover. 

CMU's defense stopped Allen and the Wyoming offense about halfway through the third quarter, but Mitch Stanitzek was called for taunting after Joe Ostman sacked Allen. Wyoming capitalized and kicked a field goal with five minutes left in the third quarter. 

Wide receiver Corey Willis caught a 30-yard pass to set CMU up in the red zone at the end of the third quarter. Ward ran for a 3-yard touchdown to shorten the CMU deficit to 16 points. 

Morris was sacked and fumbled at CMU's 30-yard line. Wyoming defensive lineman Carl Granderson picked up the fumble and ran it in for the defensive touchdown. Wyoming led 37-14 after CMU's sixth turnover. 

CMU turned the ball over once again when Morris threw his fourth interception of the game in the end zone halfway through the fourth quarter. 

The last turnover came from redshirt freshman quarterback Tony Poljan when he fumbled while being tackled after scrambling.