Wyoming at Nebraska football primer

Some notes and quotes to get you ready for the Wyoming at Nebraska football game. Kickoff is at 10 a.m. MT Saturday. Going from one extreme to the other in terms UW’s season-opener last week at home vs. Northern Illinois that didn’t start until 10:20 p.m. MT and ended at 2:34 a.m. Sunday.

— Wyoming has defeated only one current member of from the Big Ten Conference. That was Wisconsin, 21-12 on Sept. 27, 1986 in Madison, Wisconsin. That was Dennis Erickson’s first and only season as UW’s coach. The Cowboys are 1-17 all-time against current teams from the Big Ten.

Tommy Armstrong Jr.

Tommy Armstrong Jr.

— “He can throw it a country mile. He’s good in a pocket situation, but he’s extremely dangerous when he gets out of the corner and making plays with his legs or being able to throw on the run. A lot of that comes down to being disciplined and contain the rush lanes and doing your job and not somebody else’s job.” — UW coach Craig Bohl on Nebraska senior quarterback Tommy Armstrong Jr.

— “We’ve tried to show them where they can be aggressive without crossing the line. Our offense is not designed for third down and long. When it happens in a game, that sends a message.” — Bohl on UW’s 10 penalties for 100 yards last week.

Brian Hill

Brian Hill

— UW junior running back Brian Hill needs 54 yards to move into fourth place by himself on the school’s career rushing yards list. Hill needs 121 to be in third place alone. Hill had 125 yards against Northern Illinois, his 12th 100-yard effort in his last 18 games. Said former Nebraska coach Tom Osborne on Hill: “He could play for about anyone in the country.”

— The Cowboys go into the Nebraska game healthy. Last week, sophomore Antonio Hull and junior Robert Priester were listed as “or” in terms of the starter at the field cornerback spot. That was the same this week. Priester was slowed in fall camp with a strained hamstring. Hull started against Northern Illinois, but both played. Expect the same against Nebraska.

— “We have a lot of respect for him. I went over the film with the defenisve coaches and they were talking about his arm strength, athletic ability and his ability to make things happen moving in the pocket and getting out of the pocket.” — Nebraska coach Mike Riley on UW redshirt sophomore starting quarterback Josh Allen.

Josh Allen

Josh Allen

— “Defensively, Northern Illinois and Nebraska do a lot of the same things. They’re in a lot of cover 4 situations. To keep the same mindset is kind of a good thing. To go into Memorial Stadium will be a hostile environment, and it should be a fun experience.” — Allen.

— Bohl is the third former Nebraska player since 1950 to serve as a head coach in a game against the Cornhuskers. Turner Gill was Kansas’ coach in 2010. Warren Powers was the coach at Washington State and Missouri who played against the Huskers. Bohl also is one of six former Nebraska assistant coaches to later coach against the Huskers as a head coach. The other are: Gill, Powers, Kevin Steele (Baylor), Jim Walden (Iowa State and also a former Wyoming player) and Carl Selmer (Miami).

— In its last two games, including its bowl game win over UCLA last season, Nebraska has held teams to 67 and 31 rushing yards, respectively. UW had 243 against Northern Illinois.

— “I think we have a real motivated team, and a motivated defense that was encouraged about the win but you could see in their eyes they knew improvements could be made. Still, this is the fastest defense we’ve had on the field to this point.” — UW defensive coordinator/linebackers coach Steve Stanard

Kieron Williams

Kieron Williams

— “You can’t forget about it because then you will become complacent. We’re just trying to work hard and win the close games this year.” — Nebraska junior safety Kieron Williams on how the team has approached this season after losing five of seven games last season by a combined 13 points.

See the Wyoming Tribune Eagle and Laramie Boomerang, and log on to wyosports.net for more coverage. Also, I will live chat the game Saturday, starting at 9:45 a.m. MT — 15 minutes before kickoff. Links to the chat will be at wyosports.net and on this blog.