UW-Washington State football postgame thoughts, notes and video

I don’t know how a lot of you felt, but Wyoming’s 31-14 loss at Washington State didn’t have that same kick-in-the-midsection feeling that the first two losses to North Dakota and Eastern Michigan felt.

Not saying that UW should chalk this up as a moral victory. There are still plenty of shortcomings for this team on offense and defense.

My column from the game was about how the offense was more on the hook for this loss, based on some golden opportunities to score in the second half thank to some solid play by the defense.

Here’s the link to that column. I would be curious how you felt about it:

http://www.wyosports.net/university_of_wyoming/football/gagliardi-column-missed-opportunities-crush-cowboys/article_89b17660-5f5c-11e5-a8e9-cf8b9ea7986a.html
Here’s what coach Craig Bohl said after the game:


I thought senior quarterback Cameron Coffman was solid in his first game back after missing the Eastern Michigan game with a slight MCL sprain in his right knee. I liked how UW went after the deep ball early, and the 45-yard touchdown pass to junior receiver Tanner Gentry was nice in the first quarter. Coffman was accuratte (25 of 36, 296 yards, 2TD), but his interception late led to Washington State’s final touchdown. Coffman was sacked five times, and some of them were more on him as he held on to the ball too long and should have just thrown it away.

Here is Coffman after the game:


And even though the defense gave up to more scoring plays of 30 yards or more — that’s now nine plays of 30-yards or more in three games, and six have gone for touchdowns — I saw some better things from this group. I saw better tackling and better pursuit to the football. I saw a turnover forced after redshirt freshman walk-on safety Marcus Epps intercepted a pass in the third quarter. I saw a better pass rush with three sacks.

There is still a long way to go with this defense, but there were some things to build on after this game.

Here is senior defensive end Eddie Yarbrough:


For more from the Washington State game, see wyosports.net, and also see Monday’s Wyoming Tribune Eagle as the Cowboys look to start their season anew this week as they host New Mexico their conference opener.