Where to start?
Got to be impressed with Wyoming’s 25-17 win, which snaps a five-game losing streak to the Falcons and improves the Cowboys’ record to 6-3 overall and 3-1 in the Mountain West.
UW is tied for second place in the MW with Boise State (how about that home loss to TCU today?)
Got to give it to the defense. Sure, it gave up 312 rushing yards, but it also allowed minus-1 yard passing. That’s unheard of, even for option-oriented offenses like Air Force. UW knocked Air Force starting quarterback Tim Jefferson out of the game after the first series, and senior Connor Dietz was never a throwing threat, although he ran it well for a team-high 85 yards.
Don’t think I’ve ever seen a fourth quarter quite like that, other than maybe the fourth quarter in the 2009 New Mexico Bowl with Fresno State and the overtime before UW won.
The Cowboys forced three turnovers in the fourth quarter against Air Force. My column in Sunday’s Wyoming Tribune Eagle and Laramie Boomerang is on the defense, and despite some shortcomings still (tackling), this unit has become impressive in crunch time.
And, you can’t say enough again for true freshman quarterback Brett Smith. He threw for 139 yards and a touchdown in 60 mph winds, and ran for 75 yards and two touchdowns. No turnovers again for Smith, and his fourth-and-10 pass for 14 yards to senior Mazi Ogbonna in the fourth quarter on what proved to be the game-winning touchdown drive was epic. He showed no ill effects from being knocked out of last week’s game against TCU.
Great win for the Cowboys, and yet another “biggest win” of the season and in the third season for coach Dave Christensen.
Sad news was seeing junior receiver Chris McNeill lost for the season with what looked to be a left arm or shoulder injury. Christensen said he is done for the season. That will hurt UW going forward.
But a home win over New Mexico (winless as I write this) gives UW seven wins and makes it bowl eligible.