A typical Wyoming football game: Flashes of great plays mixed in with some bad ones, but in the end UW makes enough plays to win.
That’s the topic of my column in Sunday’s Wyoming Tribune Eagle and Laramie Boomerang, but that about sums up Saturday’s 22-19 win over Colorado State Saturday at Sonny Lubick Field at Hughes Stadium.
Was very impressed with the way sophomore Brandon Miller ran the ball. Maybe he should be back at running back. Had 36 yards on six carries, but most of those came on UW’s game-winning touchdown drive in the fourth quarter.
Liked the two deep throws true freshman quarterback Brett Smith threw to true freshman Josh Doctson for touchdowns. UW needs to have a deep threat, and Doctson seems to be that guy. UW needs a receiving threat, period, and hasn’t had one since junior Chris McNeill was lost for the season with an injury at Air Force.
Three turnovers by Smith (two interceptions and a fumble). Cause for concern? Maybe a little. One interception was bad, the other was more like a glorified punt. Got to cut down on the fumbles and know when to throw it or go to the ground. Smith said as much after the game.
And how about the defense? Horrible at times (especially the third quarter) but all it does is make plays at key times. Marqueston Huff, Blair Burns, Mike Purcell, Tashuan Gipson. It’s always someone. Got to hand it to that group.
The game got chippy and there were seven personal fouls and an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty in the game. Don’t know if that’s typical for most Border Wars, but the emotion was there. Even Smith said he didn’t realize how intense it was until the first quarter.
He also said he can’t wait to play in the game next year.
UW can’t wait to play in bowl game, which should be known Sunday. With No. 6 Houston losing, the Poinsettia Bowl in San Diego became a distinct possibility. TCU could get in to a BCS bowl now. If that’s the bowl UW will play Louisiana Tech of the WAC. If the Poinsettia doesn’t work out, the Independence and New Mexico bowls look real good now with UW at 8-4, 5-2 in the league and alone in third place in the conference.
Eight wins, three straight over CSU and the Bronze Boot stays in Laramie for at least another year, as one player said after the game: “It’s a good day to be a Cowboy.”