Wyoming 35, Air Force 26 – postgame thoughts

A big game, big crowd and a big win for Wyoming in its 35-26 home victory over Air Force in front of an announced crowd of 26,623 at Jonah Field at War Memorial Stadium Saturday afternoon.

The Cowboys (4-2 overall, 2-0 Mountain West) had to hang on after it led 28-6 late in the third quarter. But it made some key plays at the end — offensively and defensively. Here are some of those plays and highlights:

Some may think UW got conservative offensively once it led 28-6. I didn’t think so. The Cowboys didn’t execute well at times, and redshirt sophomore quarterback Josh Allen missed on a few throws that would have either put more points on the board or — at very least — kept drives going. But he wasn’t too far off on those throws, and one has to think at some point he will put it all together. Still, Allen threw for three touchdowns and his 32-yard run late set up another.

Here is Allen after the game:

UW’s defense continues to surprise and amaze. It forced four turnovers, scored a touchdown on senior linebacker D.J. May’s 15-yard fumble return. The Cowboys are tied for second nationally with four defensive touchdowns this season, and are tied for fourth with 10 interceptions.

Sophomore cornerback Antonio Hull got beat on a 75-yard pass play late in the third quarter, but came back with two interceptions. Here he is after the game:

Was unfortunate to see sophomore defensive end Carl Granderson leave the game in the first quarter with a left knee injury. MRI results are not in yet, but it doesn’t look good for Granderson to play the rest of this season. At the midway point of the season, he’s been the only major injury UW has sustained. That’s been another big key in UW’s success so far in 2016.

The Cowboys have a bye week before their next game Oct. 22 at Nevada. Got to wonder if this is a good time for a bye week, or based on back-to-back wins over Colorado State and Air Force would this team rather keep playing since it is on somewhat of a roll?

A little history here. The last time UW beat both Air Force and Colorado State in the same season was 2011. That was the last time UW finished with a winning record and went to a bowl game.

Finally, here is third-year coach Craig Bohl after the game:

For more coverage from the game, see Sunday’s Wyoming Tribune Eagle and Laramie Boomerang, and go online to wyosports.net.