LARAMIE, Wyo. - Karsten Sween still has headaches, but not coach Joe Glenn.
Credit a redshirt freshman quarterback, Chris Stutzriem, who took charge as Wyoming beat San Diego State 35-10 to end a five-game losing streak.
Sween suffered a concussion in a 54-7 blowout at TCU on Oct. 25. He's still uncertain, but Stutzriem got high marks after starting in his place Saturday.
"I love that guy in there. He's fired up. He's young and he really, really wants to win," said offensive guard Kyle Howard.
Stutzriem completed 6 of 10 passes for 166 yards, including a 69-yard touchdown by Brandon Stewart and a 60-yarder to Stewart that set up a touchdown.
"That guy has a lot of heart," linebacker Ward Dobbs said of Stutzriem. "You could see it."
Whether Stutzriem might start at Tennessee next weekend remains to be seen. Glenn said Sween still has headaches.
"We'll just take it one day at a time," Glenn said.
Stutzriem had plenty of help from his teammates. Wyoming (3-6, 1-5 Mountain West Conference) didn't turn the ball over for the first time in more than a year, a dramatic improvement from 21 turnovers over the five consecutive losses.
"It's obvious that we were killing ourselves with turnovers," Glenn said. "Thank God we got that thing shut off. It's a thing of beauty to watch a game and not have a turnover."
And Wyoming's running backs had a big game. Stutzriem didn't even attempt a pass in the second half after Devin Moore and Wynel Seldon got going in the first.
"I've got a long ways to go," Stutzriem said. "But it helps when those two guys behind me can get four to five yards a carry."
Moore finished with 234 yards rushing and three touchdowns.
"We're on a new pace," Moore said. "Hopefully this will start something."
Seldon had 124 yards and a touchdown.
Moore scored his first touchdown on a 35-yard breakaway in the first quarter. In the second quarter, Moore ran in from three yards, flipping himself over a tangle of players for a 14-3 Wyoming lead.
Less than 4 minutes after that, Stutzriem bombed the 69-yard touchdown to Stewart, who finished with three receptions for 132 yards.
Stewart's day didn't start out so well. He overslept and was scolded for missing meetings.
"I was scared I wouldn't be focused," Stewart said.
Just before halftime, though, Stewart followed up his touchdown by catching a 60-yarder from Stutzriem. That put the Cowboys on the San Diego State 3-yard line. Two plays later, Moore dove in from two yards and a score of 28-3.
In the third quarter, Seldon plowed through 14 yards for a touchdown and a 35-3 Wyoming lead. The Aztecs (1-8, 0-5) narrowed that to 35-10 and the final score late in the third quarter, when Justin Shaw caught a 26-yard touchdown pass from Ryan Lindley.
San Diego State led 3-0 when Lane Yoshida kicked a 35-yard field goal in the first quarter.
Long had been optimistic about his offense after it did reasonably well in a close loss, 38-34, at Colorado State. After Wyoming, he was more reserved.
"Our last game, we were able to score, but today we weren't able to do it," Long said. "It's a consistency deal and we are working toward being consistent at scoring."
Wyoming wore gold jerseys with gold pants for the first time in team history. The Cowboys usually mix up brown and gold. Players speculated that the all-gold configuration helped to snap the losing streak.
"I'm wearing them next week," Stutzriem said. "That's all I've got to say."