Wanted: Your favorite Border War memories

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It’s Border War week as Wyoming and Colorado State will play football for the 106th time Saturday in Fort Collins.

A lot of games over a lot of years, and WyoSports senior editor Robert Gagliardi wants to know your favorite, or even not-so-favorite, Border War memories.

At the end of the week, Gagliardi will post all those memories back here on this blog. So come on folks, I know you have many of them.

Bohl to see much improved Colorado State team Saturday

On Sept. 8, 2012, coach Craig Bohl took his North Dakota State team into Colorado State and beat the Rams 22-7.

That was the second game for then first-year Colorado State coach Jim McElwain, and the first of six straight losses for the Rams as they finished 4-8.

Craig Bohl

Craig Bohl

A little more than two years later, Bohl will take another team to Hughes Stadium in Fort Collins. This time as the first-year coach at Wyoming. While some of the Rams’ players and coaches will be the same, Colorado State is a much different squad.

Different in the fact that it is the hottest team in the Mountain West. The Rams have won five straight games, are 6-1 overall and 2-1 in the conference and became the first bowl-eligible team in the MW after its 16-13 home win over Utah State last week. The Rams also have won 12 of their last 15 games dating back to last season.

“They’ve made great strides with the program and it will be a big challenge,” said Bohl during his Monday news conference.

“You look at their quarterback and (senior Garrett) Grayson’s a guy who’s played an awful lot of football; he’s got 27 starts. He’s throwing the football well and he’s got a great touchdown-to-interception ratio (16 touchdowns, five interceptions). He’s operated the offense very well and I’ve seen significant improvement in him personally the last couple of years.

“While they replaced an awful lot of offensive linemen, they’re playing well as a group together. And they got good skilled players. On defense they have a strong conviction in their scheme and what they’re doing. Probably their strongest part of their whole football team is their special teams. When you put all three of those phases together, you’ve got a solid football team that’s well coached and that’s why they’re receiving top 25 votes.”

Here is video of Bohl’s news conference from Monday:

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UW-San Jose State postgame thoughts

Another gut-wrenching loss for Wyoming, this time 27-20 in overtime to San Jose State at home this past Saturday.

I thought UW was fortunate it had a chance to in the game in regulation. It did little on offense until the fourth quarter. To its credit, it did make some plays then. The defense, despite a lot of injuries during the game, hung in there. It was one of the better games by the defensive line, especially junior defensive end Eddie Yarbrough with eight tackles, 3.5 tackles for loss and two sacks.

Here’s first-year coach Craig Bohl after the game:

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UW-San Jose St. football live chat replay

Here’s the replay of WyoSports senior editor Robert Gagliardi’s live chat from the University of Wyoming’s 27-20 overtime loss to San Jose State Saturday at Jonah Field at War Memorial Stadium.

The Cowboys lost their third straight and fell to 3-4 overall and 1-2 in Mountain West play. San Jose State improved to 3-3, 2-1.

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UW-San Jose State football key to the game; other notes and quotes

Here is WyoSports senior editor Robert Gagliardi’s top key to the game for the Wyoming Cowboys in their homecoming game at 2 p.m. today against San Jose State at Jonah Field at War Memorial Stadium:

Possess the ball — and finish: Wyoming wants to wear teams down in the fourth quarter. To do that, it must possess the ball and finish drives. Even when the Cowboys can’t do that, they need to avoid a lot of three-and-outs and flip field position in the punt game. UW has a slight edge in time of possession this season at 30 minutes, 50 seconds, but it needs that figure to be around 34 or 35 minutes.

Yes, no? What do you think about this one?

Here is Gagliardi and WyoSports editor Scott Nulph’s preview for today’s game.

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Mountain West football power rankings/picks – Week 8

WyoSports senior editor Robert Gagliardi with his weekly installment of the Mountain West football power rankings and picks for Week 8 of the college football season. Look for this every week during the football season, and as always, your feedback is welcome.

1. Colorado State (5-1 overall, 1-1 MW): The Rams keep rolling. They have the league’s longest winning streak at four, and are coming off a nice road win at Nevada last week. Colorado State leads the MW in scoring (33.5 ppg) and is second in scoring defense (22.8 ppg). Right now, the most complete team in the conference. This week: vs. Utah State, 5 p.m. MT Saturday (CBSSN). The two best teams — at least this week — in the MW face off. Going with the home team in one of the better games this season. Colorado State 33, Utah State 28.

2. Utah State (4-2, 1-0): The Aggies seem to have their swagger back after the season-ending knee injury to senior quarterback Chuckie Keeton. Sophomore Darell Garretson is making fans forget about Keeton, and sophomore Nick Vigil continues to play both linebacker and running back — and is good at both. This week: at Colorado State, 5 p.m. MT Saturday (CBSSN). The Aggies are more than capable of winning, but I’m going with the hot team at home. Colorado State 33, Utah State 28.

3. Boise State (4-2, 2-1): The Broncos move up one spot despite being off last week. There isn’t much of a gap between the top four teams in this week’s power rankings. The team will have to do without senior wide receiver Matt Miller (ankle) the rest of the season, which is a big blow. This week: vs. Fresno State, 6 p.m. MT Friday (ESPN). This looked like one of the games of the year before the season started, but now it’s just one the Broncos win fairly easily. Boise State 38, Fresno State 21.

4. Air Force (4-2, 1-2): The loss at Utah State wasn’t a big surprise last week, but the 34-16 margin was a bit of an eye-opener. Still couldn’t drop the Falcons too far this week based on the inconsistent play of the teams in the West Division. This week: vs. New Mexico, 1:30 p.m. MT Saturday (ROOT). Air Force should rebound in a big way in a game where both teams want to run the ball. Air Force 40, New Mexico 23.

5. San Diego State (3-3, 2-1): The Aztecs allow a MW-low 20.2 points per game, and have the nation’s ninth-leading rusher in sophomore Donnel Pumphrey (134.5 ypg). If the team can stabilize its quarterback situation, look out. This week: vs. Hawaii, 8:30 p.m. MT Saturday (CBSSN). Look for the Aztecs to notch another win thanks to their defense and Pumphrey. San Diego State 27, Hawaii 13.

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UW sports live chat replay

Here’s the replay of WyoSports senior editor Robert Gagliardi’s weekly live chat on University of Wyoming sports on Thursday, Oct. 16.

Some good stuff about UW’s football game Saturday at home against San Jose State, and also some Cowboys basketball talk after Wednesday’s media day event.

For more on UW sports, see Friday’s Wyoming Tribune Eagle and Laramie Boomerang and check back to wyosports.net.

Gagliardi will have a live chat for the UW-San Jose State football game starting at 1:45 p.m. Saturday. Check back to this blog or go to wyosports.net for the link.

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UW football recruiting update – 2015 verbal commitments

Here is an updated list of verbal commitments for the 2015 University of Wyoming football recruiting class.

Links to highlight videos of these players are included.

WR/DB Dameko Doddles, 6-2, 185, Douglass HS, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Three-star rating out of five, and the 15th-ranked recruit in the state by Rivals.com. Also had a scholarship offer from TCU.

Video link: http://www.hudl.com/athlete/2667019/highlights/103434614

DT Youhanna Ghaifen, 6-3, 248, Grand Island Central Catholic HS, Grand Island, Nebraska. Two-star rating by Rivals.com.

Video link: http://www.hudl.com/athlete/1702096/youhanna-gaifhan

OL Kaden Jackson, 6-2, 270, Kingfisher HS, Kingfisher, Oklahoma. Two-star rating by Rivals.com. Scholarship offers from New Mexico, UTEP, North Texas, Ohio and Sam Houston State.

Video link: http://www.hudl.com/athlete/1937149/kaden-jackson

WR C.J. Johnson, 6-2, 181, West HS, Bellevue, Nebraska. Three-star recruit, second-ranked recruit in Nebraska and 75th-best wide receiver recruit in the nation by Rivals.com. Six other scholarship offers, including Ohio and Western Michigan. Been timed in the 40-yard dash at 4.42 seconds.

Video link: http://www.hudl.com/athlete/1290134/cj-johnson

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VIDEO: UW men’s basketball media day

Here is video from the University of Wyoming men’s basketball team from the school’s media day event Wednesday.

The first includes seniors Larry Nance Jr., left, and Riley Grabau, right, along with coach Larry Shyatt.

The second is a video with Nance. Both videos shot by Robert Gagliardi/WyoSports.

 

For more on UW’s media day and more Cowboys and Cowgirls sports coverage, see Thursday’s Wyoming Tribune Eagle and Laramie Boomerang, and log on to wyosports.net.

VIDEO: UW women’s basketball media day

University of Wyoming women’s basketball seniors Kayla Woodward, left, and Kaitlyn Mileto, right, along with coach Joe Legerski, speak at UW’s basketball media day on Wednesday, Oct. 15.

The Cowgirls were picked to finish third in the Mountain West, and Woodward was selected as the preseason player of the year. Both Woodward and Mileto have scored more than 1,000 points in their UW careers.

For more coverage from media day, see Thursday’s Wyoming Tribune Eagle and Laramie Boomerang and log on to wyosports.net.

Video by Robert Gagliardi/WyoSports.