In doing some research for Saturday’s Wyoming football game with UNLV, I came across two statistics I want to share with you, and get your opinion/feedback on.
In the Cowboys’ first six games they were 28 of 81 on third down, or 34.6 percent. In their last three games they were 28 of 45, 62.2 percent.
“Some of it is we’ve not been in as many un-makeable situations, and (redshirt sophomore quarterback) Josh Allen has made some plays,” third-year UW coach Craig Bohl said. We’ve protected him, and our receivers have made a ton of plays.”
Makes sense. Half of UW’s third downs in last week’s win over Utah State were six yards or less. However, the 46-yard touchdown pass from Allen to senior wide receiver Tanner Gentry right before halftime was on a third-and-12 play.
Who says time of possession doesn’t matter? UW has held the advantage in that category in all seven if its wins this season. The Cowboys lost the time of possession battle in their two losses. Granted, you can have the ball all you want but it makes no difference if you don’t score. UW’s 35.9 points per game is nearly 17 more than it averaged last season.
Any thoughts on these two stats? I’d love to hear what you have to say.
One note from Tuesday’s practice: Bohl said junior cornerback Robert Priester has a minor case of turf toe and didn’t practice. However, Bohl said he expects Priester to practice Wednesday. Also, UNLV named junior Kurt Palandech its starting quarterback Tuesday. And per Todd Dewey of the Las Vegas Review-Journal, UNLV leading rusher Lexington Thomas (632 yards, eight touchdowns) will start Saturday despite a high ankle sprain, as will nickel Tim Hough, who has had concussion issues.
See Wednesday’s Wyoming Tribune Eagle and Laramie Boomerang, and log on to wyosports.net for my story on the newest guy to embrace the “next man up” mentality this UW football team has established this season.