UNLV 69, Wyoming 66 3OT – postgame thoughts

No, this isn’t a post about UW basketball losing — this was a football score — and one of the oddest games I’ve seen in 20 years of covering college football.

On paper, the Cowboys should have won this game. But games aren’t played on paper, and the areas of the game they did well that enabled them to go 7-2 and 5-0 in the Mountain West failed them — stopping or slowing down the run, winning the turnover battle and possessing the football on offense.

UNLV ran for 401 yards. UW committed four turnovers and forced only one, and its defense was on the field for for just over 38 minutes (not including the overtimes).

Here is coach Craig Bohl after the game:

UNLV (4-6 overall, 3-3 MW) did whatever it wanted offensively. Junior quarterback Kurt Palandech, who hadn’t played a ton this season but started this game, ran for 157 yards and a touchdown, and threw for 252 yards and three touchdowns.

UW also didn’t tackle well, didn’t cover well in pass coverage. Aside from a defensive touchdown — UW’s fifth of the season — there wasn’t a lot this group did well.

Although the offense did some good things — two one-handed touchdown catches by senior wide receiver Tanner Gentry who had five catches for 184 yards and three touchdowns. Redshirt sophomore quarterback Josh Allen led the Cowboys on a nine-play, 97-yard touchdown drive in the final 1:06 of regulation to force overtime. Allen threw for a career-high 334 yards, and threw four touchdowns for the second straight game.

But he also had two interceptions and lost a fumble.

Here is Allen after the game:

This was UW’s 14th overtime game, and fourth against UNLV. It fell to 7-7 in those games.

Wondering when the last time the Cowboys allowed 69 points? It was in a 69-14 loss at Utah on Oct. 15, 1983. Want to see the highlights of UW’s final drive in regulation and sequences in all three overtimes, here you go:

Hard to be optimistic about UW after a game like this, but at 7-3, 5-1, it still controls its own destiny in terms of the Mountain Division race in the MW. Now, however, it is tied with Boise State and New Mexico in the division standings, and probably needs to beat San Diego State at home and New Mexico on the road the following week for that to happen.

Seems unlikely now, but after what happened in all of college football over the weekend, anything is possible — and why games are played on the field and not on paper.

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

3 thoughts on “UNLV 69, Wyoming 66 3OT – postgame thoughts

  1. More likely than where we’ve been in a very long time. Nobody said winning the Mountain division was going to even be in the equation. The nay-sayers in life are always out there. This Cowboy team got caught with their focus blurred, Sanchez had a plan and we couldn’t get the TOP and Third down situation controlled. I for one am optimistic that we can get this accomplished and all Wyoming fans should be loud and proud this coming Saturday.

  2. This is one of the worse defensive performances I have ever seen by Wyoming. To give up 69 points to a 3-6 team is unbelievable. Wyoming will continue to struggle until they get bigger defensive linemen and linebackers. Are there any defensive linemen or linebackers that are re-shirted that are bigger that can help us next year? I hope that they will be practicing (which I’m sure they will) on tackling because it was horrible. Could not believe all the missed tackles. It seemed to me that there was a lack of energy with the team. Josh Allen seemed out of sorts at times. I do believe that if they really buckle down that they could beat San Diego. A long shot but it could happen. Go Pokes

  3. If the Pokes go 8 & 4 with its final win a close one at New Mexico and a thumbing by SDSU was it a good season, and disappointing season or a bad season??

    Question I would like on one of Gag’s surveys. Name the defensive coordinator on the last outstanding Wyoming Defense. My guess is he also got fired!!

    Isn’t the way to improve this year’s defense to keep the opponent’s offense off the field? Does the Wyoming offense get a B giving the ball back to UNLV 4 times? UNLV has the ball almost 2/3 of the game and we lose by 3 points?

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