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.
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