A couple of statistics to mull over for Wyoming football

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.

Josh Allen

Josh Allen

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.

Robert Priester

Robert Priester

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.

4 thoughts on “A couple of statistics to mull over for Wyoming football

  1. Robert, Coach has it right, Gentry, Maulhardt and Hollister catching everything that comes near them. Josh Allen playing lights out, taking off around the end when the box is stacked. Definitely an NFL arm. Doesn’t matter if it is third and 12 or third and 1, O line protecting and moving out on the runs.
    Also, other team can’t win if they don’t have the ball. Wyo matriculates the ball down the field, wears down the opponent defense while giving our defense a little rest. Inside the red zone the Pokes are scoring at a great clip. Also give a shot out to Cooper Rothe, makes two critical kicks in the Boise game and many others through the season.

    Cowboys still playing hungry, realize every week is another test, not to be taken for granted.

    Pokes are a HUGE pickup for the whole state going through rough economic times.

    Excited to watch them every week!

    Go Pokes!

  2. I think that third downs are vital. If the Pokes are converting their third downs at a high percentage then that means that the run game is going well (third and short, we usually run the ball on first or second down). TOP is a big one for us, too, because of how run-oriented our offense is. If we are dominating TOP then we are running the ball effectively and grinding opponents.

  3. We have a productive QB who is gaining experience with good receivers who have some. That and MO is currently a 12th man. Gotta love that guy….he is player of the year thus far

  4. We do not have the size defense to be on the field for long periods of time.. Our making first and tens are a important part of helping the defense remain strong and quick.

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