Got to hand it to true freshman quarterback Brett Smith, again.
Two rushing touchdowns, one passing, 140 rushing yards, 352 total yards and a 31-10 UW victory. Both of Smith’s touchdown runs came in the fourth quarter to put the game away. His 69-yarder was the longest offensive play of the season for the Cowboys.
See my column in Sunday’s Wyoming Tribune Eagle and Laramie Boomerang for more on Smith.
I thought UW should have put this game away early. It left too many opportunities on the field. A fake field goal, a missed field goal, a fumble by Alvester Alexander. Too many mistakes.
The defense was better in the second half. No points allowed and New Mexico was 1 of 8 on third down. Defense wasn’t that good in the first half as New Mexico was 3 of 6 on third down and it’s two scoring drives were 12 and eight plays.
UW finished 5-1 at home this season, its best mark since 2004. UW hasn’t won seven regular-season games since 1999.
Despite the fumble, I liked how Alexander ran with a season-high 93 yards. For two straight weeks, Alexander has hit a season-high. Good to see that.
Good thing Tashaun Gipson isn’t a receiver because he dropped two interceptions in the first half. Got one on the first play of the third quarter. Speaking of drops, saw way too many from a handful of receivers today. Gipson also tackled well with a team-high 10.
Liked how junior receiver Brandon Miller played. After a couple of dropped passes the last two weeks, he caught a 26-yard touchdown pass (where he ran most of the way on a screen) and had six catcehs for 77 yards.
Cowboys will finish with a winning conference record for the first time since 2006. Could finish second and shouldn’t finish lower than third. Bowl tickets can be requested online or done via telephone through UW’s ticket office, although the team doesn’t know where it will play yet.
It wasn’t pretty at times, and the weather kept the crowd at bay. Very small and disappointing to see, but that’s winter/late fall in Wyoming.
Would love to hear your comments, and be sure to check out the video interviews I posted with Smith and coach Dave Christensen.