Monday marked the start of a new week, and a time for Wyoming to learn, but put behind last Saturday’s 52-17 loss at Nebraska — a game where the Cornhuskers scored 28 fourth-quarter points thanks to four turnovers.
Third-year coach Craig Bohl said the team came out of Nebraska healthy, aside from a few bumps and bruises. No one is expected to miss Saturday’s home game with UC Davis as of now. There also were not changes to UW’s depth chart this week. Check it out for yourself.
Remember what happened the last time UW played a FCS foe? It lost 24-13 at home to North Dakota to open last season. Talking to players and coaches today, don’t expect the Cowboys to overlook the Aggies Saturday.
“Everyone is focused and ready to prepare to get a win,” UW sophomore strong safety Marcus Epps said. “We’re not overlooking them at all. We know they’re coming in here with mindset that they can beat us. The biggest thing on our mind is getting to 2-1 on the season.”
UC Davis will come to Laramie with some offensive weapons. Quarterback Ben Scott has completed 64.5 percent of his passes for 684 yards with four touchdowns and one interception. Wide receiver Ramon Vargas returned last week against NAIA Southern Oregon and caught six passes for 208 yards and a touchdown. Running back Luuga Manusamoa has ran for more than 100 yards in the first two games, including the season-opening 53-28 loss at Oregon.
UW redshirt sophomore starting quarterback Josh Allen seemed to be in good spirits after his six-turnover game (five interceptions, one fumble) against Nebraska. I think we are all wondering how he will bounce back. For more on that, see Tuesday’s Wyoming Tribune Eagle and Laramie Boomerang, and log on to wyosports.net.
Offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach Brent Vigen had an interesting take on what he saw from Allen, and what needs to happen moving forward.
“It’s no different than any week, you praise the things a kid does well and try to correct the things he doesn’t. This one is a hard lesson, but you go through it and put trust and faith back in him. He can’t make these same mistakes again. You go out and have a good week of practice and restore that confidence. You get a quick hook, especially with a young kid, and then roller coasters with their emotions and confidence.
“Josh owned up to his mistakes, and that’s a good thing. I know he cares about this team and wants to do well. When a kids is trying to place blame on others, then you have real problems. His teammates have his back, and they all have confidence he will bounce back. That makes a big difference for a young player.”