Boise State 34, Wyoming 14: Postgame thoughts

I’ve received some feeback from fans, and even some of my family who follows Wyoming, that they think the team is improving and showing some good signs for the future.

I don’t totally disagree with them, but still, UW lost 34-14 to Boise State Saturday night. To me, it felt like an even more lopsided loss.

UW was never in this game. It trailed 17-0 after one quarter and 24-7 at halftime. Boise State scored the first four times its offense touched the ball. It put together long and short scoring drives. It ran the ball at will, with 166 of its 207 yards coming from sophomore running back Jeremy McNichols. The Broncos threw only six incomplete passes. And, they had only one turnover compared to eight the week before.

UW’s offense had a season-low 233 yards and converted just 3 of 10 third-downs. Boise State made 12 of 19, UW may have lost redshirt senior quarterback Cameron Coffman to a shoulder injury for a while. However, a source close to the program told me Sunday Coffman’s injury isn’t considered to be too serious and there is a chance he will play Friday at Utah State.

Here is UW coach Craig Bohl after the game:

Bohl mentioned a sequence early in the game. On third and 19, senior defensive end Eddie Yarbrough sacked Boise State freshman quarterback Brett Rypien, but he was flagged for a face mask penalty. Boise State got a first down, and ended up kicking a field goal for a 10-0 first-quarter lead. This didn’t lose the game for the Cowboys, but if they could have got off the field there, maybe that gives the defense the boost it needed early on.

D.J. May

D.J. May

I thought junior linebacker D.J. May and true freshman safety Andrew Wingard played great games. May had a career-high 14 tackles, and 10 of Wingard’s 11 tackles were solo stops.

After Coffman left the game, redshirt freshman Nick Smith did some good things. He was 4 of 8 for 53 yards, and he had five carries for 18 yards, including a 6-yard touchdown early in the fourth quarter. Smith still has a lot of work to do throwing the ball, but it was a much better effort than his 3 of 13 for zero yards against Eastern Michigan in the second game of the season.

Here is Smith after the game:

Here are links to Wyosports.net’s coverage of the game. Because the game started and ended so late, most of the coverage was online.

First, here’s my column: http://www.wyosports.net/university_of_wyoming/gagliardi-column-down-and-out-at-qb/article_452de8ba-7abf-11e5-88cc-3f64558d5235.html

The notebook, led by UW sophomore running back Brian Hill going past the 1,000-yard mark on the season. http://www.wyosports.net/university_of_wyoming/uw-notebook-hill-s-milestone-means-little-with-loss/article_7502ffda-7abf-11e5-807e-4320ad60200a.html

My report card for UW from the game, stats and what fans, players and coaches said: http://www.wyosports.net/university_of_wyoming/uw-at-boise-state-football-report-card-what-they-said/article_f2bdd7ba-7abf-11e5-ac1b-bf70142eae3c.html

And, a photo gallery courtesy of The Associated Press: http://www.wyosports.net/university_of_wyoming/photo-gallery-boise-state-wyoming/article_2a81d552-7ac0-11e5-904d-af821af3f8b2.html

Should know more Monday on the status of Coffman.