Border War live chat – 8 p.m. today

Join me for my live chat from the 108th annual Border War football game between the University of Wyoming and Colorado State. The chat starts at 8 p.m. MT, 15 minutes before kickoff at Hughes Stadium in Fort Collins, Colorado.

It’s the start of Mountain West play for both teams, and both enter the game with 2-2 records.

For more UW and local sports coverage, see the Wyoming Tribune Eagle and Laramie Boomerang and check back to wyosports.net.

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UW sports live chat replay

Here’s the replay of my weekly live chat on University of Wyoming sports from Thursday, Sept. 29.

Lots of Border War talk as UW and Colorado State prepare to play football for the 108th time Saturday night in Fort Collins. There was even some UW men’s basketball chatter as preseason practice for the Cowboys begins Monday.

For more UW and local sports coverage, see the Wyoming Tribune Eagle and Laramie Boomerang and log on to wyosports.net.

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Hill inching closer to UW’s career rushing record

Wyoming junior running back Brian Hill needs 74 yards to pass Devin Moore (2005-08) and become the Cowboys’ career rushing leader. Hill enters Saturday night’s Border War at Colorado State with 2,890 yards in 28 games.

Brian Hill

Brian Hill

To put that in some perspective, Moore needed 44 games and broke the mark in UW’s last game of the 2008 season against … you guessed it, Colorado State. The Cowboys hope Hill breaks the record Saturday, and then some. They also hope for a better outcome than Moore experienced. UW lost that 2008 game at Colorado State 31-20.

Hill first must pass Ryan Christopherson (1991-94) for second place, but needs only 17 yards to do that. The last time a UW running back broke the school’s career rushing record on the road was Gerald Abraham (1984-87) in the Cowboys’ regular-season finale at Hawaii. Abraham broke the mark with 2,278 yards. That’s now sixth in school history.

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Better blocking key to get UW’s run game going

Third-year Wyoming football coach Craig Bohl took a lot of questions during Monday’s news conference, and one of them was about UW’s run game and its lack of production in its 27-24 loss at Eastern Michigan and at other times this season.

Junior running back Brian Hill has averaged 115.8 yards per game, but in the Cowboys’ two losses he failed to reach 100 yards. Hill said he needs to do a better job of breaking arm tackles at or close to the line of scrimmage.

Craig Bohl

Craig Bohl

Bohl said the offensive line also can do a better job.

“We need to stay on blocks, finish off blocks,” he said. “If you’re not maintaining blocks on the line of scrimmage by one of your players up front, you can X and O all want and it doesn’t matter. Those guys have to maintain and execute blocks and we’ll work hard on that this week.”

I will have more on that in Tuesday’s Wyoming Tribune Eagle and Laramie Boomerang, and online at wyosports.net.

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UW at Eastern Michigan postgame thoughts

Any loss is tough, but Wyoming’s 27-24 setback at Eastern Michigan Friday night seemed more painful than others.

The Cowboys (2-2) scored twice on defense on interception returns, and also picked off four passes in the game. Still, UW gave up too many big plays on defense and couldn’t be balanced on offense (79 rushing yards).

Here is coach Craig Bohl after the game:

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UW at Eastern Michigan football live chat replay

Here’s the replay of my live chat from the University of Wyoming’ 27-24 loss at Eastern Michigan Friday in front of an announced crowd of 17,012 at Rynearson Stadium in Ypsilanti, Michigan.

UW fell to 2-2 on the season. Eastern Michigan is 3-1.

For more UW sports coverage, see the Wyoming Tribune Eagle and Laramie Boomerang and log on to wyosports.net.

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Wyoming at Eastern Michigan football primer

Some pre-game reading prior to Wyoming’s game at Eastern Michigan, which kicks off at 5:30 p.m. Friday and is televised on CBS Sports Network.

First, my No. 1 key to the game for the Cowboys:

Keeping balance: Wyoming has averaged 216 rushing yards and 210 passing yards through its first three games. That balance has been a key to its success, and has to continue today. UW can’t let Eastern Michigan make it one dimensional.

Yes, no or am I full of it?

— I had this note in Friday’s story in the Wyoming Tribune Eagle, Laramie Boomerang and online at wyosports.net, but I found it interesting. The Cowboys play their third Friday night game in as many seasons. However, the last time UW played a nonconference game on a day other than Saturday was on Dec. 23, 2004 when it beat UCLA 24-21 in the Las Vegas Bowl.

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UW sports live chat replay

Here’s the replay of  my weekly live chat on University of Wyoming sports on Thursday, Sept. 22.

Some great conversation on UW’s football game Friday at Eastern Michigan, and also some chatter on UW men’s basketball in terms of recruiting.

For more UW and local sports coverage, see the Wyoming Tribune Eagle and Laramie Boomerang and log on to wyosports.net.

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Roullier, UW offensive line off to solid start this season

The Wyoming offensive line is off to a solid start through three games of the 2016 season.

Chase Roullier

Chase Roullier

The Cowboys have averaged 216 rushing and 210 passing yards per game, and they’ve allowed just one quarterback sack.

There was some concern prior to the season when UW moved senior all-conference guard Chase Roullier to center, and put in true freshman Gavin Rush at left guard. To say the line play has been perfect would be false, but to say it’s been a weakness would be, too.

UW has started and played the same five guys through the first three games. Along with Roullier and Rush, there is sophomore Zach Wallace (left tackle), sophomore Kaden Jackson (right guard) and junior Ryan Cummings (right tackle).

“Things have gone really well,” Roullier said. “Most of the guys have at least a full year of experience, and that’s really helped us out.”

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Aussie style worked well for Wood

Wyoming senior punter Ethan Wood works hard on his craft, and as football continues to evolve, so does the way punters kick the ball.

Wood used an Aussie style punt three times last week against UC Davis to pin the Aggies inside the 20-yard line.

Ethan Wood

Ethan Wood

What is Aussie style punting? I’ll let Wood tell you.

“I drop the ball with the nose down a little bit, and hit the nose of the ball with my toe in order to the get the ball to back-spin,” he said. “The hope is to when the ball hits the ground, it bounces straight up or backwards instead of going forward on a normal punt.”

Wood pinned UC Davis at its own 19, 3 and 17-yard lines.

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