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Does Tanner Mangum have any magic left for Poinsettia Bowl?

BYU turns to Tanner Mangum again at quarterback after Taysom Hill injured his elbow in the regular season finale. Last season, Mangum stepped in for the injured Hill and went 8-4 as a starter.

Magnum doesn't provide the running threat that Hill does, but he's been a stronger passer and is best remembered for his multiple game-winning Hail Mary heaves last year.

If Mangum proves to be rusty after attempting just 18 passes in three games this season, the Cougars could depend on running back Jamaal Williams, who ranks eighth in the FBS with 129.4 rushing yards per game.

Wyoming, the Cougars' opponent in Wednesday's San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl, also features one of the top running backs in the FBS. Brian Hill averages 135.9 rushing yards per game for the Cowboys, which is sixth-best in the nation.

The Poinsettia Bowl matchup is the first meeting between these schools since BYU left the Mountain West after the 2010 season. From 1922-2010, they regularly met as conference rivals in four different leagues. Since 1970, BYU has dominated Wyoming, posting a 30-7 record against the Cowboys. BYU is appearing in its 12th straight bowl game, while Wyoming makes its first bowl appearance since 2011.

Both schools have struggled in bowl games. BYU has lost three straight bowls, and Wyoming has lost seven of its last nine bowls dating back to 1967. According to ESPN's Football Power Index, BYU's skid should come to an end on Wednesday in San Diego. The Cougars are given a 78 percent chance to win.

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