Here are some notes and quotes that didn’t make the print or online platforms for WyoSports this week leading up to Saturday’s Wyoming-Air Force football game.
–First-year Wyoming football coach Craig Bohl said the Cowboys have a big challenge facing Air Force’s option-oriented offense and its 3-4, blitzing defense. But Bohl also said: “I hope they look at us and have their hands full, also.”
–Air Force has modified its offense some over the years from a true triple-option. Make no mistake, the Falcons are option-oriented, but run a lot of those concepts out of different formations and blocking schemes. But it is still option football. “We appreciate Air Force’s commitment to sticking to their guns,” Bohl said.
–Bohl said he got a pretty good pulse of his team in about the second quarter of last week’s game with Montana. “We have good physical skills, but I wouldn’t say we have great physical skills. … For us to be very good this year, we’re going to have to become a more physical football team. I thought we got off to a good start (last week), but we have to be a little more assured in what we are doing.”
–UW senior cornerback DeAndre Jones on playing a conference game this early: “We’re going to try and be the first in the conference this season to get a win. Every conference game is important.”
—“I’m not sleeping on the receivers. I never underestimate my opponents. They have one
receiver (Rufran) who’s a really good receiver.” — Air Force senior defensive back Justin DeCoud of UW senior receiver Dominic Rufran, who needs 111 yards to become the 10th receiver in school history to have 2,000 receiving yards in his career.
–UW’s time of possession of 34:54 last week against Montana ranked it 16th in the nation and third in the Mountain West after the first week of the season.
–The Cowboys’ one penalty for four yards tied them with Ohio and Northwestern for the fewest penalties in a game last week. Only Northwestern had fewer penalty yards last week.
–UW junior defensive end Eddie Yarbrough has 19 tackles for loss in his career, which is tied for the ninth-most in school history. Eight is Weston Johnson (2006-09) with 20 and seventh is current Denver Broncos defensive tackle Mitch Unrein (2005-09) with 20.5.
–Air Force has not been shutout in 259 consecutive games, which is the fourth-longest active streak in the NCAA. The last time the Falcons were shutout was a 13-0 loss in 1992 by Ole Miss in the Liberty Bowl.
–Blocked kicks could be something to watch in this game. Air Force has blocked 24 kicks since 2007 (10 field goals, 12 extra points and two punts). UW blocked a punt against Montana.
–Wyoming and Air Force both have players representing 22 different states. That is tied for the seventh-most in the country. Army leads with players from 36 different states.
–Air Force leads the nation in rushing after one week with 539 yards. It was 13th in the nation last year, but prior to that it finished in the top 10 for 26 straight years.
—“We’re facing a group that has more experience. I don’t know how many teams there are in college football where their secondary starts four seniors, that start all three linebackers that are seniors and nine total seniors on defense. They’re going to have one of the best defenses in the league.” — Air Force coach Troy Calhoun on UW’s defense.
For more on the game, see Saturday’s Wyoming Tribune Eagle and Laramie Boomerang, and log on to wyosports.net.