My initial thought from Wyoming’s lopsided loss — I’m glad that game is over.
From the start it was a disaster for the Cowboys. Big play after big play for New Mexico’s run game. Some said there were a lot of missed tackles. No there weren’t because more often than not UW didn’t get close enough to tackle anyone.
Third-year coach Craig Bohl called the defense’s effort “abysmal.” I saw a lot more stronger adjectives online last night. The 585 yard rushing UW allowed was a school record, and 428 of them were in the first half.
Wyoming (8-4 overall 6-2 Mountain West) clinched the Mountain Division before it played the game when Boise State lost at Air Force Friday night. I thought there was the potential for a letdown from the Cowboys based on that. Bohl said he was “concerned” about it, but didn’t think that was a factor. A couple players also said that wasn’t the case.
One player thought it was — sophomore free safety Andrew Wingard. Here’s what he said after the game:
UW plays San Diego State for the second time in three weeks in Saturday’s MW Championship Game. The game will start between 5:30 and 5:45 p.m. and the game will be televised on ESPN. UW released ticket information for season-ticket holders and others for the game. If you’re a season-ticket holder, student or want more information on tickets, parking, etc. you better look at our story on wyosports.net:
San Diego State was hammered at home 63-31 by Colorado State this past Saturday, which was a big reason why UW still was able to host the championship game. Aztecs coach Rocky Long didn’t have a good explanation to why his team has lost two straight and given up 97 points on those games. He did say, however, that it could be because his team is worn out and tired. That could be a factor for UW’s defense, which is missing three key starters (sophomore defensive end Carl Granderson, senior defensive tackle and Chase Appleby, along with sophomore nose tackle Sidney Malauulu (foot) for the second straight game. Starting outside linebacker, senior D.J. May, left the game in the second half with what appears to be a shoulder injury and he could be out for a significant amount of time. Not to make excuses for UW, but all of those guys are pretty important, and not easily replaced.
But not matter how you look at it, UW is playing for a conference championship this week. It seems hard to believe, and in a lot of ways it has an odd feel to it based on the Cowboys’ last game. But San Diego State is feeling the same way. The weather will be cold, the teams are beat up and tired. It could be a battle of who wants it the most come this Saturday.
There were not many highlights from UW against New Mexico, but I was able to get most of the Cowboys’ last touchdown drive of the game in the third quarter. You can barely see it, but redshirt sophomore quarterback Josh Allen took a vicious hit on this drive that resulted in the ejection of an New Mexico player for targeting. Allen took several hits in the game, and you got to think he’s awful sore heading into this week.
Also a heads up that the All-MW football team will be released on Tuesday. I voted this year, and have every year the league since the league started in 1999. Will let you know who made the team, and how I voted.