Wyoming 28, Utah State 23 – postgame thoughts

I know I’ve mentioned at other times this season how I was impressed with Wyoming’s toughness as a team. To me, that epitomized the Cowboys’ 28-23 win at Utah State.

UW was on the road at a place where it had lost three straight by an average of 32.5 points. It trailed for most of the game. The offense was spotty, once again. The defense was good, yet gassed for being on the field a lot.

But in the end, it found a way to win a road game. If UW wants to achieve its goals for this season, this was a game it had to win.

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

I know in my 20-plus years of covering UW football I have never seen a team have two defensive ends record interceptions in the same game. Juniors Kevin Prosser and Carl Granderson accomplished that feat. Granderson returned his 28 yards for a touchdown.

Here’s Prosser after the game:

Yeah, the offense wasn’t eye-popping, but it was when it had to be. The Cowboys’ final touchdown of the game was a 28-yard pass from junior Josh Allen to sophomore wide receiver C.J. Johnson. It capped a nine-play, 63-yard drive that ate up 3:21 on the clock. UW converted a fourth-and-1 on an impressive play by Allen that showed his strength to shed a tackler and pitch the ball to junior running back Nico Evans for a first down. Allen took a beating in the game, which has to be a concern, but he also showed a lot of toughness and grit — not that he hadn’t in the past.

Here is Allen after the game:

Things get a lot harder for UW (4-2 overall, 2-0) MW as it goes to Boise State (4-2, 2-0) this coming Saturday for an 8:15 p.m. game on ESPN2. UW has never won in Boise (0-5), and the Broncos are coming off a 31-14 upset of previously No. 19 San Diego State in San Diego.

The Cowboys will begin their work on Boise State Monday, but you can bet it enjoyed their win at Utah State. Don’t believe me, watch this video:

For more coverage and video from the Utah State game, log on to wyosports.net.