UW football Media Monday

Wyoming football coach Dave Christensen called it a “statement drive.”

The Cowboys didn’t score on the 13-play drive, and the longest play was eight yards.

But UW ran out the final 6:48 of the game in its 45-31 win over Colorado State last Saturday with 12 runs and only one pass.

It capped off an offensive effort for the Cowboys where they ran for 228 yards and threw for 240.

What impressed second-year offensive coordinator Gregg Brandon the most was the run game. Brandon thought junior Brandon Miller, who is back at running back from receiver again, should have been the MVP of the game with 89 yards on 18 carries.

True freshman Shaun Wick led UW with 98 yards on 25 carries, and sophomore quarterback Brett Smith had 27, including a 5-yard touchdown run. UW should get true freshman D.J. May back this week from an ankle injury.

“The ability to run the football was huge,” Brandon said. “That took a lot of press off Brett and allowed him to make throws.”

It sure did as Smith threw for 235 yards and four touchdowns en route to being named the Mountain West Offensive Player of the Week for the second time this season and fourth time in his career.

“Both Brandon and Shaun broke tackles and made guys miss. I’ve been talking about getting post contact yardage since I got here (last year). Both got it done Saturday.”

Other news and notes from Monday as players and coaches talked to the media:

–Sophomore cornerback Blair Burns was the MW’s Defensive Player of the Week for the first time in his career. However, he didn’t talk to the media Monday because he was ill.

–Senior safety Luke Ruff and senior linebacker Oliver Schober are out this week with injuries. Both were out last week. Senior defensive end Miraldo Michel and sophomore defensive end Sonny Puletasi — both starters — are day-to-day. UW’s also thin numbers-wise at defensive tackle. For more on that see Tuesday’s Wyoming Tribune Eagle and Laramie Boomerang, and log on to www.wyosports.net.

–Sophomore receiver Jalen Claiborne’s game-winning catch in overtime at Idaho on Sept. 22 is up for a national play of the year award. For more information, see this link: www.facebook.com/BestofCollegeFootball

–Christensen said making sure the offense keeps executing at a high level and not allowing big plays on defense are the top priorities this week as the Cowboys play at New Mexico Saturday. Christensen wasn’t happy with two CSU touchdowns last week where it scored on switch and wheel routes in the pass game. More on that later in the week.

–New Mexico is an option team offensively under first-year coach Bob Davie, and runs concepts based off Air Force’s and Nevada’s option and run games. The Lobos also lead the nation in time of possession at 34:15.

3 thoughts on “UW football Media Monday

  1. I haven’t been able to see the team in person this year, but I keep seeing the porous defensive numbers. I’m shocked, because the defense seemed to have a lot of experience coming back – what has been the issue? Have the players just not taken to the new scheme under Tormey? (if you have a link to a related story – let me know) – Thanks!

    • We’ve done a lot of different stories on the defense. There have been some injuries. Team is down to three healthy defensive tackles and could be without two starting defensive ends. One starting LB is out and the team was hurt when safety Luke Ruff went out with a shoulder stinger and has missed five games.

      But more than anything, the secondary has been plagued by missed assignments and blown plays. Didn’t see as much of that coming. The defensive line has been productive, but the ends have struggled in containment in my opinion.

      Those would be the issues I see that have hurt the defense the most.

      RG

  2. RG-

    A win is a win. Let’s leave it at that. Not sure if the Pokes get any more. We just are not a very good ball team, and honestly I’m not sure we are heading in the right direction. Yet, I will say Christensen will get at least 2 more years if our new President sticks with Burman- who most likely will stick with DC. A rock and a hard place, a tough place to be right now. Go Pokes.

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