The first shutout of an opponent since 2010 was the biggest impression I took from Wyoming’s 27-0 victory over Gardner-Webb this past Saturday at Jonah Field at War Memorial Stadium.
I liked the offense in the first half, but not so much in the second half. Gardner-Webb took the air out of the game — and the crowd — with an 18-play drive in the second half, which UW held up on. Still no running game, and that’s a red flag for the Cowboys.
Still, UW beat a FCS team like it should of — although some can make the point the it should have won more convincingly.
Here’s fourth year coach Craig Bohl after the game:
One of my biggest takes/impressions from the game had to do with true freshman Trey Woods. Woods was signed as an “athlete” back in February out of North Bend, Oregon. He played linebacker in fall camp, but UW moved him to running back the week of the Iowa game — one of the many positions Woods played in high school. Woods made his UW debut against Gardner-Webb with two carries for 15 yards. His first carry was for 13 yards. UW likes Woods’ size (6-3, 210), and his potential to get bigger.
I wrote my column/analysis piece for Sunday on this in the Wyoming Tribune Eagle and Laramie Boomerang, and also online at wyosports.net. Here’s the link to it, and it is free for those who don’t subscribe to wyosports.net.
Also, here is the video interview with Woods after the game:
I thought junior quarterback Josh Allen threw the ball well, especially in the first half. I thought sophomore wide receivers Austin Conway (11 catches, 135 yards, 1TD) and C.J. Johnson (6 catches, 130 yards, 1TD) had games that should boost their confidence moving forward.
I also thought the catch of the day went to UW senior wide receiver John Okwoli, who made a one-handed grab along the sideline but was out of bounds. I don’t care if he was or not, that was a heck of a catch. Did you all see that?
For the second consecutive game, a UW defense end led the team in tackles. It was junior Kevin Prosser against Gardner-Webb with a game-high nine tackles, which included three tackles for loss and two sacks. Against Iowa is was junior Carl Granderson with 10 tackles.
Here is Prosser after the game:
I like what I see from UW’s defense so far, but a much bigger test comes this coming week with Oregon coming to Laramie. The Ducks can run it and throw it, and have speed all over the place. It will be interesting to see how the Cowboys’ match up against that.
I’ve been told by several people at UW that Oregon sent back some of its tickets for this game, so there are some tickets left for sale. UW hasn’t announced the game as a sell out, but it is expected to be.
For more UW football coverage from the Gardner-Webb game, see Sunday’s Wyoming Tribune Eagle and Laramie Boomerang, and log on to wyosports.net.