Well, that wasn’t pleasant.
Wyoming’s 49-13 loss to Oregon this past Saturday continued to show the Cowboys’ shortcomings — no running game, little to no pass protection, overall inconsistencies in the pass game and struggles on third down.
That’s just of the offense. The defense had few answers for Oregon’s speed and skill. But it also was on the field too much — 57 plays in the first half and 95 for the game. You can go back to the offensive struggles for that, and also the fact Oregon was pretty good. The Ducks cracked into the AP top 25 this week at No. 24.
Here’s fourth-year UW coach Craig Bohl after the game:
Equally concerning to me were penalties. Not necessarily the number (six), but the number of unsportsmanlike conduct/late hit calls. UW lost its poise at times, and right or wrong, got penalized for it. It’s easy as fans or the media to say you can’t do that, but it’s another thing when you’re out there dealing with it as players. Still, UW can’t afford those kind of mistakes moving forward.
So how do you look at UW after three games and a 1-2 record? Even in its win over Gardner-Webb on Sept. 9, the offensive concerns are still there. Chances are the Cowboys won’t play better teams than Iowa and Oregon from here on out, although no game in the Mountain West will be easy.
Or are the Cowboys’ shortcomings through three games so bad that it doesn’t give you a lot of hope looking ahead?
Perhaps the start of league play is what UW needs right now; kind of a new start. UW hosts Hawai’i this coming Saturday night — a much-improved team that has plenty of weapons that can hurt UW.
This team is much different than last season, but remember, the 2016 squad started 2-2 and coming off a tough 27-24 loss at Eastern Michigan before it entered MW play on the road at Colorado State. That was the start of a five-game winning streak for the Cowboys.
Can UW go on such a run? On paper, things don’t look great but honestly, did a lot of you think the Cowboys would do that last season based on what you saw after four games?
That’s why the coaches get paid to coach. It should be an interesting week of practice for UW — more than anything to see who will be healthy enough to play (i.e. junior quarterback Josh Allen and senior offensive lineman Ryan Cummings).
I will leave you with what junior safety Andrew Wingard and sophomore middle linebacker Logan Wilson said after the Oregon loss:
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