Football and men’s basketball doubleheaders for Wyoming are rare, but there was one this past Saturday in Laramie and the results were equal on both accounts — disappointing.
Let’s start with football.
The Cowboys lost to Border War rival Colorado State 26-7, but to me the score felt more like it was 46-7.
UW was dominated in all aspects. Colorado State scored the first four times it had the ball. The Rams were conservative after that, and even then the Cowboys couldn’t do much.
Here’s coach Craig Bohl after the game:
UW has lost the last three games to Colorado State by a combined 63 points. That’s the most in a three-game losing streak to the Rams since the Cowboys lost by a combined 93 points between 1923 through 1925.
UW was beaten mentally and physically in the game. It should get redshirt senior quarterback Cameron Coffman back this week at San Diego State. Coffman was cleared to play against CSU, but didn’t get enough practice in during the week and the staff felt it was best to go with redshirt freshman Nick Smith.
Smith was 10 of 21 for 109 yards with an interception and two lost fumbles. He was sacked three times, and UW quarterbacks have been sacked at least three times in six of the team’s 10 games.
Here is Smith after the game:
Now on to basketball.
The Cowboys’ 77-69 overtime loss to Division II Fort Lewis was a head-scratcher. Granted, coach Larry Shyatt and staff made the decision prior to the game to sit senior guard Josh Adams, junior guard Jason McManamen and sophomore forward Alan Herndon the final 15 minutes or so of the exhibition game to get other players playing time. If UW had coached that game to win it, it’s likely the Cowboys win.
Still, you would think the Cowboys’ younger players had enough in them to beat a Division II team. But not on this night. I guess it’s good to learn lessons like this now than when the games count for real.
The players weren’t happy afterwards, especially Adams.
UW raised its MW Tournament championship banner prior to the game. Before the banner was raised there was a video presentation, which was pretty cool. Here is footage of that and the banner raising.
UW hosts Bristol University out of California in its regular-season opener on Friday. That marks the return of former UW player Jeron Roberts, who is the coach of Bristol.
Here is Shyatt after the Fort Lewis game.