UW at Appalachian State postgame thoughts

I feel like I am writing the same things when I do this particular blog post talking about Wyoming’s last football game.

Despite moving the ball, UW couldn’t score. The defense got off to a poor start, but came back and played relatively well.

But a season-high three turnovers resulted in 14 Appalachian State points and a 31-13 Cowboys’ loss. They are now 0-5 for the first time since 1975. They’ve also lost their first five games by double-figures for the first time since 1939.

Yikes!

Here is UW coach Craig Bohl after the game:

As you could hear in Bohl’s voice, he’s frustrated as much or more than anyone.

As I stated in my column from the game, which is posted on wyosports.net, UW’s season was summed up in the first 4:10 of this game. UW allows a 59-yard touchdown run on Appalachian State’s first offensive play of the game. Then, after driving the ball down the field, redshirt senior quarterback Cameron Coffman throws a pick-six that was returned 91 yards. It was 14-0 before anyone knew any better.

Here is Coffman after the game on the pick-six and UW’s red zone woes, where it was 2 of 6 in this game and enters this week last out of 127 FBS teams with 10 scores in 19 trips at or inside the opponents’ 20-yard line.

Bohl wouldn’t say whose fault it was on the pick-six, although he knew. Coffman kind of dodged the question, but added it was a “gamble” and good play by Appalachian State sophomore cornerback Latrell Gibbs. Coffman also said it was throw he shouldn’t have made. What do you think folks?

I really liked how sophomore running back Brian Hill ran the ball once again. He seemed to have an extra spring in his step, even watching him in pregame warm-ups. Hill finished with 208 yards and has 669 on the season — seventh most in the country.

Here is Hill and junior outside linebacker Will Tutein after the game. Tutein made his first start at the weak-side spot.

For the second straight game, UW played hard until the end. The Cowboys scored a touchdown with 44 seconds left. It attempted an onside kick that was recovered true freshman safety Andrew Wingard, but was nullified by an offsides penalty. UW

Andrew Wingard

Andrew Wingard

tried the kick again, and again, Wingard recovered. I really like the way Wingard is playing, and may be the next in a recent run of good safeties to play for UW, including John Wendling, Chris Prosinski and TaShaun GipsonĀ — guys who have or currently are playing in the NFL

I also think junior linebacker Lucas Wacha played well in his first game this season in the middle. Wacha has played every linebacker position imaginable, but he has seven tackles and from a distance looked like he was solid.

Wacha wasn’t on the field for this play, but he said “it was tough” when Appalachian State executed a fake field goal for a first down, and followed it up on the next play with an 18-yard touchdown pass 12 seconds before halftime. To me, that also was one the more back-breaking plays in the game for the Cowboys.

It’s all Mountain West play from here on out for the Cowboys. The play at Air Force Saturday in a late game, 8:15 p.m. MT. Can one of the worst teams against the run in UW (215.6 rushing yads per game) slow down one of the best rushing offenses in the country in Air Force (326.3 ypg)?