Here are some leftover notes and quotes from Wyoming’s 17-12 season-opening win over Montana Saturday:
–“It was a good start, but we can be better.” — UW coach Craig Bohl on UW having only one penalty in the game — an illegal motion penalty early in the fourth quarter — and how his team managed the clock throughout the game. UW’s time of possession was 34:54. It’s best last season was 28:31.
— “That why he was in there. He wa ble to make a play. He has a bright future. You never know they’re going to react, and he answered the bell.” — Bohl on the 18-yard run late in the fourth quarter by true freshman running back Brian Hill.
—“I just kind of go out there and do it, and have fun doing it. I remember I was out there and (the public address system) was playing one song that I really like (Closing Time). I was like, that was my song and I was out there just running over guys.” — junior running back Shaun Wick on a couple of his second-half runs when he ran over and dragged Montana defenders for extra yardage.
–“That was amazing. I was so happy for him. I was like ‘that was my little brother out there making plays.’ ” — Senior outside linebacker Mark Nzeocha on the blocked punt by his brother — sophomore tight end Eric Nzeocha.
–“I thought we did OK. You just have to give credit to their offense. They did a really good job coming out playing real physical football. We made some adjustments. Really, it’s big plays. Eliminate the big plays and we have a better fighting chance.” — Montana senior defensive end Zack Wagenmann on UW’s run game that had 209 yards and scored two touchdowns.
–“I made a bad decision to go for it on fourth-and-7 at the 40-yard line and got sacked. We had played such great defense until that point. That is a kind of turnover that really gave them some momentum and a spark to go down and score.” — Montana coach Mick Delaney on Mark Nzeocha’s sack in the third quarter that led to a Wick touchdown run a few plays later.
—I did get dinged up pretty good a couple times, but a lot of that I can prevent by getting down faster when I run. But overall pretty similar to a Big Sky game. — Montana senior quarterback Jordan Johnson.
–“He’s a talented player. We’re well aware of great players at the FCS level. He’s on everyone NFL draft board. He’s hard to handle. He’s going to be a force to recon with the rest of this year. Im glad we’re done with him.” — Bohl on the play of Wagenmann, who had seven tackles and two quarterback sacks.
–“We were in this very room back in December and there were a lot of wide-eyed young men who were introduced to their new football coach and didn’t know what the heck would happen. The neatest thing for me was addressing this football team before going out (on the field today) and telling them where we’re at and now and look at the opportunity we can do today. We embraced that challenge and I had the best seat in the house.” — Bohl on the most rewarding thing for him after winning his first game at UW.
–A few other notes: Bohl described the running of Wick and sophomore D.J. May as “excellent.” Wick ran for 134 yards — his fifth 100-yard game of his career — and a touchdown. May added 96 yards and a 58-yard touchdown run. … Senior tight end J.D. Krill’s first-ever catch at UW went for 10 yards and a first down in the first quarter. … Former UW kicker Daniel Sullivan handled the kickoff duties for Montana, and all three of his kickoffs went for touchbacks. … UW opens Mountain West play against Air Force at 8:15 p.m. this Saturday in Laramie. Air Force beat FCS foe Nicholls State 44-16 last Saturday. It will be the eighth time since 1999 UW has opened conference play with Air Force. … One area UW needs to improve on is scoring in the red zone. It scored twice in four chances. Montana scored on its only red zone opportunity. … UW was credited with four punt returns (NCAA rules credited Eric Nzeocha’s blocked punt as a 21-yard punt return) against Montana. UW had 19 punt returns in 12 games last season. … The MW went 4-0 against the Big Sky conference over the weekend by a combined score of 125-48.
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