Here are some notes and quotes about Wyoming’s football game against No. 17 Fresno State at 8:15 p.m. Saturday at Jonah Field at War Memorial Stadium.
— UW coach Dave Christensen and Fresno State coach Tim DeRuyter went against each other as assistant coaches in the Mid-American Conference. Christensen was at Toldeo and DeRuyter at Ohio.
— “They’re averaging over 500 yards a game, and the thing that’s impressive is they’re doing it both in the running game and throwing game. That’s a tough combination.” — DeRuyter of UW’s offense.
— “I think if you’re in good shape, it can be a factor if you allow it to be. If you’re not in good shape, it will kill you. … I think our guys will be fine.” — DeRuyter on playing at 7,220 feet of elevation Saturday.
— “Overall they are versatile on defense and have enough athletes to present numerous challenges. They disguise their coverages and run a lot of different coverages.” — UW junior quarterback Brett Smith on Fresno State’s defense.
— Smith needs 361 yards of total offense to be UW’s all-time leader in total offense, and needs only 120 yards for second place in career passing yards. Smith enters tonight’s game with 9,215 yards of total offense and 7,945 passing yards. He also holds the Mountain West record for consecutive games of generating at least one touchdown at 31.
— “I would hope were are not intimidated by anybody. We have great respect for them and they are tremendous players, but we are not intimidated by any means.” — UW coach Dave Christensen on Fresno State’s trio of Davante Adams, Josh Harper and Isaiah Burse at wide receiver who have combined for 195 catches for 2,143 yards and 25 touchdowns this season.
— Wyoming is 3-0 against Fresno State in Laramie and 1-0 in a bowl game — a 35-28 double overtime win in the 2009 New Mexico Bowl. “Those teams were not this team,” DeRuyter said.
— “I love it. To have one of the best offenses in the nation come in here, I thrive off challenges like that. We get to show the nation what we have here at Wyoming.” — senior free safety Marqueston Huff.
— “There has not been too much change, just simplifying and condensing some things. For me this is my third playbook I’ve had to learn in the last three years. It was simple to me, but for some guys it might have been hard and slowed them down.” — junior middle linebacker Jordan Stanton on the changes in UW’s defense with new coordinator Jamar Cain. Stanton is in his first season with the Cowboys after transferring from junior college.
— Fresno State senior quarterback Derek Carr’s 382.6 passing yards per game average is No. 2 in the FBS and is nearly 40 yards greater than the past five Heisman-winning quarterbacks had averaged through their first eight games of their Heisman-winning seasons. Fresno State is promoting Carr as a Heisman Trophy candidate this season.