My top key for Wyoming Saturday at San Diego State; kickoff is at 8:30 p.m. MT at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego.
Good start: Something Wyoming hasn’t done much of this season. During their three-game losing streak the Cowboys have fallen behind 17-0 after the first quarter twice, and allowed 48 points in the first quarter in all three contests. UW needs to play its best game from start to finish to have a chance to win, but another poor start will lead to yet another double-digit loss. By the way, all of the Cowboys’ nine losses this season have been by double digits.
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Now for some notes and quotes:
— Not only is the the final road game for UW this season, it’s the only game it will play on natural grass in 2015. However, the Cowboys have won their last two games at San Diego State in 2009 and 2011.
— “This has been something I’ve been looking forward to. Friends have texted me every week the last two months counting the days. But it’s a business trip, I will get may vaction at Christmas time. I’m excited for the game.” — UW junior wide receiver Jake Maulhardt on returning to his home state of California. Maulhardt is one of 15 players from California on UW’s roster.
Here is more from Maulhardt this week, who leads UW in receptions and touchdown catches this season.
— “They’re not giving up. It was not a fluke that we scored in second half and held Colorado State to 75 yards. I understand games chance during the course of a game and (Colorado State made sure they were going to win it. There’s fight in this football team. That fight that’s going to keep pushing on and lay a great foundation for the future.” — UW coach Craig Bohl.
— “I think Wyoming is much better than their record shows. They got a big boost now that they have their starting quarterback back. He’s one of the best passers in the league. He’s thrown 15 touchdown passes in the seven games he’s played in He
really adds to their offense. They also have a really good running back, Brian Hill, who is one of the best in rushing offense. It makes it more challenging for everyone involved.” — New Mexico coach Rocky Long
— San Diego State has won its last 14 home conference games against teams that were unranked, and outscored those foes 488-231. UW hasn’t won on the road this season (0-5) and is 0-6 going back to the final game last season.
— Long spoke highly of Hill, but he has a good running back in junior Donnel Pumphrey. The 5-9, 180-pound junior ranked in the top five in career rushing in the MW with 3,650 yards. He has 44 total touchdowns in his career, and 40 on the ground. He also leads San Diego State in receptions this season.
— “The biggest thing for us is to tackle and get off the field on third down. … If we know what we doing we’re going to play fast.” — UW true freshman cornerback Antonio Hull.
— San Diego State has a plus-12 turnover ratio. Wyoming’s is minus-10. Not good if you are a Cowboys fan.
— Former UNLV football coach Bobby Hauck is in his first season as special teams coach for San Diego State. UW defensive tackles coach Pete Kaligis coached for Hauck at Montana before Kaligis came to UW on coach Dave Christensen’s staff in 2009.