Another gut-wrenching loss for Wyoming, this time 27-20 in overtime to San Jose State at home this past Saturday.
I thought UW was fortunate it had a chance to in the game in regulation. It did little on offense until the fourth quarter. To its credit, it did make some plays then. The defense, despite a lot of injuries during the game, hung in there. It was one of the better games by the defensive line, especially junior defensive end Eddie Yarbrough with eight tackles, 3.5 tackles for loss and two sacks.
Here’s first-year coach Craig Bohl after the game:
The play that had a lot of UW fans upset came in the fourth quarter when San Jose State converted a fourth-and-2 with an 18-yard pass. Replay on the video board in the stadium showed the ball coming loose from running back Tyler Ervin as safety Tim Kamana defended.
But the call on the field was confirmed and ruled dual possession, which always goes to the offensive player. Tim Harkins, UW sports information director, said officials view television footage of all replays (the game was carried online on ESPN3). The video in the stadium on the video board was UW’s in-house feed. The only time officials use in-house video feeds is when there is no TV coverage/footage.
Nonetheless, UW lost and the team is reeling after three straight losses. UW’s offense had a season-low 277 yards and 11 first downs. San Jose State had the nation’s top-ranked pass defense, and a good defense overall. Was it that or UW’s limited abilities to be a consistent offense? Probably a little bit of both.
Now it’s Border War week as UW plays at Colorado State Saturday. Could a rivalry game help boost UW’s spirits and want-to? We will see, but that also will only get you so far as the Rams are the best team in the Mountain West right now, riding a five-game winning streak and boasts the league’s best passing offense. The Rams may be the most complete team in the league … right now.
Here’s Yarbrough after the game:
Should know more Monday on UW’s injury situation defensively. Doesn’t look good for senior outside linebacker Mark Nzeocha (knee). The Cowboys also lost senior defensive end Sonny Puletasi and senior cornerback DeAndre Jones against San Jose State.
For more on UW football, including more video interviews and highlights, go to wyosports.net and see the Wyoming Tribune Eagle and Laramie Boomerang.