Wyoming 45, Texas State 10 – postgame thoughts

Wyoming concluded its four-game home stand with fairly impressive 45-10 victory over Texas State in front of 21,784 at Jonah Field at War Memorial Stadium this past Saturday to improve to 3-2 overall. The Cowboys are off this coming week before it plays at Utah State on Oct. 14.

My column from the game was about how this was a complete team win for UW, as touchdowns were scored offensively, defensively and on special teams.

Here’s the link to it, which is currently free at wyosports.net:

http://www.wyosports.net/university_of_wyoming/football/gagliardi-column-uw-s-win-over-texas-state-epitomizes-team/article_5b41e57e-a665-11e7-8071-a3f2b75b3b89.html

Here is fourth-year UW coach Craig Bohl after the game:

I will admit, I wasn’t all that impressed with Wyoming’s offense. I did like the fact that junior quarterback Josh Allen threw the ball pretty well (14 of 24, 219 yards, three touchdowns), and more importantly, the wide receivers caught the ball well.┬áBut the running game was still hit-and-miss. It just doesn’t seem to me this group is clicking. There are glimpses, buy I think the inconsistent running game is a big issue for this team. Whether it is blocking, the way the backs run the ball or even play calling, Wyoming will have a tough time in conference play if this doesn’t get figured out.

What do you all think?

But the defense and special teams were outstanding. Two defensive touchdowns, 11 tackles for loss, and most importantly, just 10 points allowed. A lot of guys were impressive, but to me the most impressive was sophomore defensive tackle Youhanna Ghaifan with nine tackles, four tackles for loss and two sacks.

Here’s Ghaifan after the game:

How about sophomore Tyler Hall making UW history with his second kickoff return for a touchdown in as many games. No player in school history had more than one kickoff return for a touchdown in their career. One has to wonder how many more opportunities Hall will get to return kicks. If you’re an opposing team, don’t you avoid kicking the ball to Hall at all costs?

Here’s Hall after the game:

So at 3-2 overall and 1-0 in the MW, is this where you expected UW to be record-wise? Maybe the better question is did you see make-up of this team in terms of its offensive, defensive and special teams production to be where it’s at right now?

I thought the offense would be more productive. I expected the defense to be better, but probably like it has shown so far. The coaches raved during fall camp that they felt the return game on special teams could be explosive, but I didn’t see this coming.

Would love to get your thoughts on all that.

The bye week comes at a good time for UW. It would be nice to get some starters back from injury such as senior guard Ryan Cummings (concussion) and junior defensive end Kevin Prosser (shoulder). It also would be good to see junior guard Kaden Jackson and junior nose tackle Sidney Malauulu (both with knee injuries) back, but I get the sense their injuries are more serious. But we shall see.

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