Simply put, it was nice to see some smiles instead of frowns from Wyoming players and coaches after the Cowboys picked up their first win of the season.
It wasn’t perfect, but there were some pretty impressive efforts in the game. The last coming by the defense as it forced stop late in the game as Nevada was trying to drive for a game-tying touchdown.
Here are highlights from that drive:
This was UW’s most complete game of the season. The offense was balanced as it ran for 272 yards and threw for 213. The Cowboys didn’t turn the ball over, and didn’t allow a quarterback sack for the first time this season. It went three-and-out on only two of nine drives (I’m not including the drive at the end when UW took a knee to run out the clock). I thought the play-calling got a little conservative during that time.
And, redshirt senior quarterback Cameron Coffman was nearly perfect at 18 of 20 for 213 yards and three touchdowns.
The defense didn’t allow a play longer than 29 yards. Prior to this game, it had allowed 12 plays of 30 yards or more for touchdowns, and close to 20 plays that long overall.
Here’s a link to my Sunday column for more on this:
Had UW true freshman walk-on kicker Tristan Bailey not missed two field goals to the right from 39 and 35 yards, the game may not have come down to the end. Bailey is now 1 of 7 on field goals this season.
UW also had some luck on its side. Nevada averaged 222 rushing yards per game, and the Cowboys took that away as they allowed 118. UW wanted Nevada to pass, and it threw for 287 yards. But there were a few times where the Wolf Pack had some wide-open receivers down field and Nevada couldn’t connect.
But for a team that had little to nothing go right through the first six games, it was about time Lady Luck helped the Cowboys out a little bit.
Here is coach Craig Bohl after the game:
Sophomore running back Brian Hill was a beast once again with 188 yards on a career-high 33 carries. He has nine 100-yard games in his last 12 contests. His yards seemed kind of quiet to me, if that’s possible.
I also liked how true freshman running back Kellen Overstreet played. He looks to be UW’s No. 2 running back as of now. His 5-yard touchdown run to start the third quarter was impressive. But what was more impressive to me was his 21-yard catch for a first down in the first half that kept a UW scoring drive alive.
Here is more from Overstreet, and a link to the lead of the notebook from the game:
It was unfortunate to see junior wide receiver Tanner Gentry leave in the second half with a shoulder injury. Bohl said it could be separated, but later said it could be a sprain. Should know more Monday. Gentry and junior Jake Maulhardt have been a great 1-2 punch for the Cowboys, but if Gentry is out, who steps up? No other wide receiver caught a pass for UW against Nevada. Look for junior tight end Jacob Hollister to become more of a target, and also UW’s running backs. Hill and Overstreet combined for five catches.
Here are some other links to WyoSports’ coverage from the game, including the team report card, what people are saying, a photo gallery and more video interviews. Note: the video that leads with senior defensive end Eddie Yarbrough also has an interview Coffman.
And as an extra bonus, here is some video highlights of the Cowboys’ men’s basketball scrimmage held Saturday prior to the football game, and a link to the story that ran with it Sunday: