UW-Northern Colorado post game thoughts

I wrote my column for Sunday’s Wyoming Tribune Eagle and Laramie Boomerang, and for wyosports.net, on the fact that UW’s offense hasn’t been that great the last two weeks. The statistics are not bad, but it has not been consistent, and at times it hasn’t executed well.

Agree or disagree with me there. The Cowboys beat Northern Colorado 35-7 Saturday, but had two defensive touchdowns — impressive in its own right.

Have we put too high of expectations with this offense after what it did in the opener at No. 23 Nebraska (who will be out of the polls come Monday after being blasted at home by UCLA)?

What do you think?

UW allowed four sacks. Junior quarterback Brett Smith hurt his right ankle,and said it hurt after the game despite not missing any time. The deep pass hasn’t been there the last couple of weeks.

Things need to get better, and fast, and Smith better be able to play. I don’t think he will do much in practice early this week. Smith said he will have an x-ray on the ankle soon.

Did like the defense again. LB Jordan Stanton and CB Cortland Fort with interception returns for touchdowns.

The defense had five tackles for loss, and has 19 in three games.

UW has outscored its foes 49-7 in the second quarter this season. Needs to be better in the first.

Junior receivers Trey Norman and Keenan Montgomery and redshirt freshman linebacker Lucas Wacha all left with injuries and didn’t return. Norman’s right arm was in a sling and Wacha had a big collision with a UNC running back that he got the worst of. He left the field immediately. UW needs Wacha in there. Senior Devyn Harris played Wacha’s outside spot. The depth after that is awfully thin.

It’s time to get ready for Air Force. We all remember what happened last season. I am sure that will be brought up a lot this week. UW needs to get healthy and more focused, first and foremost. Air Force has lost tow MW games by a combined 94-40 to Boise State and Utah State. It will be desperate next Saturday. UW needs to be ready.

See Sunday’s Wyoming Tribune Eagle and Laramie Boomerang, and log on to wyosports.net for more coverage from Saturday’s game.

4 thoughts on “UW-Northern Colorado post game thoughts

  1. Totally agree, it sounded ugly. 4 sacks on our star is not excusable for a D2 team. Sputtering Offense at best. We have gone backwards in consecutive weeks in terms of execution and miscues.

  2. I think it always hard to take anything away from games against FCS (I-AA) teams. I think you will see more and more teams move away from scheduling these games. The FCS kids are always going to play above their level to try and prove they should be playing in the FBS. The FBS team, no matter how much their coaches warn them, are always going to view this game as a contest versus a lower division team. It is happening all across the country and eventually coaches will realize that they would get more out of scheduling a less traditional opponent like Idaho or a typical Sun Belt team than the FCS team next door. Overall though I think the Pokes are still in good shape. They have been rusty against two teams they obviously are better than. They all know who Air Force is and what this game means. I have a feeling Smith and Co. will have their ‘A’ game on this Saturday in Colorado Springs.

  3. I do not understand why DC will not play Troy Boyland and Chase Appleby on the defensive line when we have had a big lead in the fourth quarter in the last two games. We lack depth on the defensive line and he needs to play these young guys to give them experience which will give more depth to the defensive line. DC won’t play his back ups and that is why we lack depth. Our field goal kicking is a problem and has been for several years maybe Ethan Wood could be the answer. The game against Northern Colorado was lack luster and the playing calling , esp. the run up the middle is so predictable. How is Brett Smith doing with the ankle injury? The offensive line has been a pleasant surprise this year.

    • They are not playing Boyland because they want to redshirt him because he isn’t quite ready to play in the eyes of the coaches. He still may play if there are more injuries in the D-line. Coaches tell me Appleby isn’t ready to play yet. If he doesn’t show it in practice, hard for coaches to put them in games.
      Will get word on Smith and other injuries Monday afternoon.

      RG

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