Wyoming 28, Hawaii 21 OT – postgame thoughts

It wasn’t always pretty, in fact, it was ugly more often than not, but Wyoming’s 28-21 overtime win over Hawaii Saturday night was big because I got the sense if UW had lost that game it would have been very tough to recover from, despite eight more regular-season games to play.

It doesn’t mean that UW will go on a long winning streak now, although anything is possible. But to me, the way the Cowboys persevered though the game to get a win showed a lot of grit and toughness.

Here are the late-game highlights, including the game-winning plays in overtime:

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Wyoming vs. Hawai’i live chat replay

Here’s the replay of my live chat from the University of Wyoming’s 28-21 overtime victory over Hawaii in front of an announced crowd of 17,796 Saturday night at Jonah Field at War Memorial Stadium.

Because of the late start time, there will be no coverage of the game in Sunday’s Wyoming Tribune Eagle and Laramie Boomerang, but there will be plenty of coverage on wyosports.net.

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Wyoming vs. Hawaii football – pregame primer

Wyoming begins Mountain West play Saturday night versus Hawaii. The game kicks off at 8:15 p.m. MT (could be closer to 8:30 p.m.) at Jonah Field at War Memorial Stadium. The game is televised nationally on ESPN2.

Television dictated the game time, not UW. And, the weather forecast calls for temperatures in the 40s at kickoff with a good chance of rain. And, don’t be surprised if there’s a little snow mixed in with that. If you go, be sure to dress warm.

Here’s my No. 1 key for UW in the game:

Get the running game going: Pretty self-explanatory. Wyoming has to do a better job running the football than a Mountain West-worst 80.3 yards per game. The Cowboys also must run the ball better early in the game and not make its offense so one-dimensional. The weather is expected to be cold and wet, which puts an even bigger emphasis on ball security. But whether it is early or late in the game, running the ball is a must.

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UW sports live chat replay

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

There was plenty of conversation about football as the Cowboys open Mountain West play Saturday at home against Hawai’i, and also about last week’s game with No. 24 Oregon.

There also was some UW men’s basketball talk.

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

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Oregon 49, Wyoming 13 – postgame thoughts

Well, that wasn’t pleasant.

Wyoming’s 49-13 loss to Oregon this past Saturday continued to show the Cowboys’ shortcomings — no running game, little to no pass protection, overall inconsistencies in the pass game and struggles on third down.

That’s just of the offense. The defense had few answers for Oregon’s speed and skill. But it also was on the field too much — 57 plays in the first half and 95 for the game. You can go back to the offensive struggles for that, and also the fact Oregon was pretty good. The Ducks cracked into the AP top 25 this week at No. 24.

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

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Wyoming vs. Oregon football live chat replay

Here’s the replay of my live chat from the University of Wyoming’s 49-13 loss to Oregon in front 29,139 at Jonah Field at War Memorial Stadium Saturday night.

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

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Oregon at Wyoming football – pregame primer

It’s almost here!

Wyoming’s highly anticipated football game with Oregon kicks off at 5 p.m. Saturday at Jonah Field at War Memorial Stadium. The game is expected to be sold out, but for those who can’t make it, it will be televised nationally on CBS Sports Network.

As I always start this out, here is my No. 1 key for the Cowboys in the game:

Play keep away: The best way to keep Oregon’s high-powered offense off the field is for Wyoming’s offense to eat up the clock with long drives, and obviously, finish those drives with points. The Cowboys must establish a run game, which has been nonexistent with just 62 yards per game. A balanced offensive attack with the run and pass could keep Oregon’s defense out of sync, and possibly cause its offense to press.

Agree or disagree?

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UW sports live chat replay

Here’s the replay of my live chat on University of Wyoming sports on Thursday, Sept. 14.

Most of the talk was about the Cowboys’ home football game with Oregon, which is at 5 p.m. Saturday. As of Thursday afternoon, only around 500 tickets were left for sale. And, 21 NFL scouts/personnel from 16 different teams were scheduled to be at the game.

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

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Wyoming 27, Gardner-Webb 0 – postgame thoughts

The first shutout of an opponent since 2010 was the biggest impression I took from Wyoming’s 27-0 victory over Gardner-Webb this past Saturday at Jonah Field at War Memorial Stadium.

I liked the offense in the first half, but not so much in the second half. Gardner-Webb took the air out of the game — and the crowd — with an 18-play drive in the second half, which UW held up on. Still no running game, and that’s a red flag for the Cowboys.

Still, UW beat a FCS team like it should of — although some can make the point the it should have won more convincingly.

Here’s fourth year coach Craig Bohl after the game:

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UW vs. Gardner-Webb live chat replay

Here’s the replay of my live chat from the University of Wyoming’s 27-0 home-opening victory over Gardner-Webb Saturday at Jonah Field at War Memorial Stadium.

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

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