Too bad the month of October has to end, because the Wyoming football team has been on a roll.
The Cowboys won their fourth straight game — all in October — with their 30-28 home win over No. 13 Boise State, which fell to No. 24 in the AP poll that was released Sunday.
A lot of late-game dramatics Saturday night at War Memorial Stadium. Here are some of the highlights, which include UW’s game-tying two-point conversion (I just got off the press box elevator when the touchdown was scored), along with the famous safety by senior nose tackle Chase Appleby.
Even though UW’s defense gave up 328 passing yards, I thought it played well in the second half as it allowed only 145 yards and seven points. I also thought in his first start of the season, junior cornerback Robert Priester played well with seven tackles and one fumble recovery. Whether Preister plays the majority of the snaps from here on out, perhaps there is some depth there with him and sophomore Antonio Hull.
I also thought going into the game that not having junior right tackle Ryan Cummings was going to be a big blow to the Cowboys. But sophomore Brinkley Jolly held his own. I don’t study or get to look at game film, but seemed to me he played pretty well.
Here is third-year coach Craig Bohl after the game:
An underrated part of UW’s effort, but also very important, was special teams. True freshman kicker Cooper Rothe made both of his field goals, including a career-long of 40 yards. It was the first make of 40 yards or more for Rothe this season in five tries. Senior Ethan Wood pinned Boise State inside the 20-yard line on four of his five punts.
Brian Hill was … Brian Hill. The junior running back had 146 yards on 28 carries. To me, it never gets old watching him run and move piles. Even if it is for two or three yards, to see him move mounds of people like he does is fun. Hill is second in the nation with 1,156 yards and third with 144.5 yards per game.
Here is Hill and sophomore free safety Andrew Wingard after the game. By the way, Wingard still leads the MW in solo tackles per game (6.1) and total tackles per game (10.3). Those figures are 10th and 11th in the nation, respectively.
Was also great to see senior tight end Jacob Hollister be a big part of the offense. I thought (and this will show you how much I know) that with Cummings out UW may use its tight ends more in pass protection than the passing game. Hollister had career highs with six catches for 144 yards and two touchdowns. Sophomore tight end Josh Harshman had two catches for 16 yards.
Here is Hollister and redshirt sophomore quarterback Josh Allen after the game. By the way, how about those throws (and catches) by Allen on the game-tying touchdown and two-point conversion late in the game?
It also was cool to see fans rush the field after the game, and just the overall sense of pride and happiness this football team has generated for itself, but also for its fans. As one long-time fan told me after UW beat Colorado State on Oct. 1 to start this four-game winning streak, “you stand a little taller after a win like that.”
A month later, UW sits in first place by itself in the Mountain Division of the Mountain West. It is bowl eligible and in the hunt for a conference title. The team is receiving five votes apiece in the coaches and AP college football polls I think a lot of people are standing taller today.
For more coverage from the game, and upcoming games see the Wyoming Tribune Eagle and Laramie Boomerang and log on to wyosports.net.