My No. 1 key for Wyoming Saturday if it hopes to win its first game of the season, and its Mountain West opener against New Mexico:
Complete offensive game: Wyoming averages 400 yards of total offense per game, has the Mountain West leader in rushing in sophomore running back Brian Hill (411 yards) and a quarterback in redshirt senior Cameron Coffman who has thrown for 578 yards and four touchdowns in two games. Yet, the Cowboys are 10th out of 12 teams in the MW in scoring (18.7 points per game). It’s great UW has shown it can move the ball, but it has to finish drives with points.
Agree, disagree? There are many more things the Cowboys must do well if they hope to win. See Saturday’s Wyoming Tribune Eagle and Laramie Boomerang, and log on to wyosports.net for more on that.
You also can see how I break down this game from my preview video:
A few notes and quotes leading up to the game:
— “He played better than he did against North Dakota. He had better mobility than what we thought. He’s not 100 percent, but close. He played well, and we need him to come out and play a little bit better this week.” — UW coach Craig Bohl on the play of redshirt senior quarterback Cameron Coffman at Washington State last week. Coffman was 25 of 36 for 296 yards with two touchdowns and one interception. That interception led to Washington State’s final touchdown in a 31-14 UW loss.
— Bohl said New Mexico’s run-oriented offense, which features triple-option, zone read and pistol looks, doesn’t change a lot when New Mexico plays two quarterbacks. Sophomore Lamar Jordan is the starter, but junior Austin Apodaca also will play.
— UW junior wide receiver Tanner Gentry leads the Mountain West and is 21st nationally with 103 yards per game. Gentry’s caught 17 passes for 309 yards and two touchdowns this season.
— “I don’t think anything changes whether it is a conference game or not, We’re just trying to win every single week. At the end of the day, I don’ care who we’re playing. We’re trying to win.” — Coffman.
— “Eye discipline. You try to simulate the speed in practice, but you never get that down. We have to realy be sound where our eyes are and what our responsibility is.” — UW safeties coach and pass game coordinator Curt Mallory on the most important things for the Cowboys’ defense vs. New Mexico.
— UW is 8-8 in MW openers, and has won its last two. The Cowboys are 5-4 at home in MW openers and 3-4 on the road. This is the second time UW has began MW play against New Mexico. The last time was in 2000, a 45-10 loss in Albuquerque. This is New Mexico’s first MW opener on the road since 2006. The Lobos have lost nine consecutive MW openers.
— “It’s conference now. You can’t lose. Yeah, we’re 0-3 right now, but we’re can still compete for a conference championship. Our track for bowl game is harder, but it’s conference now. You have to come with it and get wins.” — UW junior linebacker D.J. May.
— “Wyoming is a lot like we are. We have to to have a certain niche and things we do to be a little bit different Wyoming has hat. Not many teams that line up and run that A-gap power like Wyoming does. Not many teams use multiple tight ends. When you look at it, it’s things we as coaches have seen a lot of in the past, but it’s fairly new for the players.” — New Mexico coach Bob Davie on UW’s pro-style offense.
— “He doesn’t really talk too much about that. It’s nice that his brothers played at Wyoming, but he’s at New Mexico. It’s time for him to do what he can for us.” — New Mexico senior running back Jhurell Pressley on teammate and sophomore running back Teriyon Gipson coming back to UW to play where his older brothers — Marcell and TaShaun were standout defensive backs for the Cowboys. Here’s the link to my story on that from this week:
— “I think they did good. I didn’t think about they fact they were freshmen. If you can play, you can play.” — UW sophomore running back Brian Hill on the fact UW started two two freshman offensive linemen on the right side at Washington State — guard Kaden Jackson and tackle Zach Wallace. Both could start vs. New Mexico.
— Hill has been on a terror the last two games with 381 yards,and 16 runs of 10 yards or more. I will have more on him in Saturday’s Wyoming Tribune Eagle and Laramie Boomerang, and also on wyosports.net. However, here is my video interview this week with Hill: