Tough way to end a good season for Wyoming with a 37-15 loss to Temple Saturday in the New Mexico Bowl.
Just wasn’t in the cards for the Cowboys and the Owls were better in every area. Temple scored touchdowns on its first three drives. Just when UW looked to get some momentum with a touchdown late in the second quarter on a pass from Brett Smith to Josh Doctson, Temple answered with a 61-yard TD pass after cornerback Marqueston Huff slipped and fell on the play.
Another unfortunate thing was Smith played like a freshman. He was picked off three times. One was on a Hail Mary pass, but two others resulted in 10 Temple points. He was very disappointed with his effort. But you know for as good as he’s been this season, he played more like a true freshman in this game. Temple had a lot to do with that. It was unfortunate Smith had a game like he did on this stage, but it happens. He will learn from it and I have a feeling he will bounce back.
As expected, UW’s defense couldn’t stand up to Temple’s run game. That was as physical a team UW has faced this season. They were big, physical and experienced. Sophomore quarterback Chris Coyer was impressive, and was named the game’s Outstanding Offensive Player.
Was disappointed to see the game get chippy near the end. Unfortunate for junior defensive tackle Mike Purcell to get ejected in the second half.
There was a lot of disappointments in this game, but this wasn’t a disappointing season for the Cowboys. It was 8-5 with a team made up of mostly freshmen and sophomores. The future looks good, and coach Dave Christensen agreed to a new five-year contract Friday night. Work needs to be done, improvement can be made in a lot of areas (both lines come to mind off the bat).
Received some comments and Twitter messages from fans expressing their frustration, and that’s OK because it shows they care. But before you think Smith shouldn’t be the starter next season and that it was a good thing that defensive secondary coach Alex Grinch leaving to coach safeties at Missouri (those were some of the crazier comments I received), just take a deep breath and realize the program as a whole is in a pretty good place and things look good in the future.