UW-New Mexico postgame thoughts

Wyoming’s 28-23 win over New Mexico Saturday was typical of many of the wins under coach Dave Christensen.

There was some good, some bad and there was just enough good to win.

Sophomore quarterback Brett Smith was very good again. He threw four touchdown passes for the second straight game, and threw for a career-high 374 yards.

UW’s vertical pass game was at its best this season when it scored on three straight possessions in the second quarter on passes of 81, 64 and 33 yards … all to three different receivers.

The defense gave up 551 yards — the fifth time in 10 games it’s given up 500-plus yards. But the Cowboys made the plays when it mattered like recovering a fumble at its own 13 early in the third quarter. Holding New Mexico to a field goal when it had the ball first-and-goal at the 5-yard line. And, senior linebacker Ghaali Muhammad’s tackle on New Mexico’s two-point conversion in the fourth quarter that would have made it a three-point game.

Muhammad had his eighth double-digit tackle game with 11. He’s been good all season.

Redshirt freshman defensive end Eddie Yarbrough started his first-ever game, and had 11 tackles. He has a chance to be a good one.

Junior receiver Robert Herron has 18 catches this season. One-third of them have been for touchdowns.

Sophomore receiver Jalen Claiborne with two TD catches and a 39-yard kickoff return. Got to find ways to keep getting this kid the ball.

I thought junior safety Andrew Meredith of Green River was great on special teams with a couple of big tackles.

Disappointed UW ran for only 55 yards. The run game never got going.

True freshman punter Tim Gleeson has gone to the rugby-style punt more the last two games. It was effective in this game with a 44.3-yard average and three of seven punts downed inside the 20. Fitting the rugby-style punt works for the Australian.

It wasn’t pretty, folks, but UW has won two in a row and plays at 2-9 UNLV next week.

For more coverage, see Sunday’s Wyoming Tribune Eagle and Laramie Boomerang. Go to www.wyosports.net and this blog for video interviews and highlights.

9 thoughts on “UW-New Mexico postgame thoughts

  1. Robert,
    Glad the Pokes are fighting till the end we need to finish this season on a high note.
    It wasn’t until the AF gam that I saw the Pokes fight for every yard and playing until the whistle. Do you see improvement there? Is the tackling any better?
    Frustrating because I couldn’t watch the game and the Internet game sat was too slow so I dusted off this old thing called a radio to listen to Dave Walsh here in Denver. Man I miss the Mtn TV. It’s 2012 and there isn’t an Internet stream? Going backwards how do you recruit if you are back in the 1950s? First game in a couple years that I couldn’t find some tv coverage or was at the game.

    Watching the Nevada Fresno game and with 25 sec to go in the half and Nevada tries to strike, DC can take some notes there. We’d have taken a knee. If there is one thing that the offense, defense, and COACHES had better learn is a few seconds here a play there makes all the difference.
    The Poke nation would be in a whole different mindset right now had a few plays gone our way. Argh. But I will be happy tonight the Pokes won.

    • The fight in the team seemed good. There were a few missed tackles, but nothing bad or out of the ordinary. Some very good tackling at times.

      The TV thing needs to get fixed by the conference sooner than later. Not just for expsoure, but as you said, for recruiting.

      RG

  2. Glad the Cowboys won. To bad this is not the beginning of the season and not the end.
    Robert-How come there is no computer coverage of the Cowboys basketball games at home like there is for the Cowgirls? Fun to watch them when I can not get to a game.

    • Not sure what you mean about computer coverage. Like live streaming? If that’s the xase you would have to ask UW?

      RG

      • I guess it is called live streaming. I just know that I can watch the Cowgirls, volleyball, wrestling. It would be nice to see the Cowboy basketball team play.

  3. Robert,
    Where can I go to ask myself about UW live streaming especially for FB games? If Wyoming doesn’t start being proactive the coverage or lack there of for the NM game yesterday will become the norm and UW will say hello FBS.

  4. Gigs just think how many more yards Smith could or would of had if the defense wouldn’t make every quarterback or every offense have there best games of the year. Just maybe we could have at least a half a dozen more prositions . I’m glad we won don’t get me wrong,just can’t figure out why we can’t even slow anybody down on defense.

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