Boise State’s Blue Turf has been a house of horrors for Wyoming, and Saturday night’s 24-14 loss added to those bad memories.
But this was a game the Cowboys had a chance to win, which makes the outcome sting even more.
Before I go on, here is fourth-year UW coach Craig Bohl after the game:
UW took the opening kickoff and marched 68 yards on 13 plays capped by a 1-yard touchdown run by junior quarterback Josh Allen. On their first offensive series in the third quarter, the Cowboys went 75 yards in 10 plays, capped by a 20-yard touchdown pass from Allen to junior tight end Austin Fort of Gillette — his first career catch.
Unfortunately, that was pretty much all the offense UW could generate. And, the defense allowed Boise State to score touchdowns on its first three possessions of the second half. The Cowboys couldn’t put offense, defense and special teams all together to win this game. That’s pretty much the game in a nutshell.
Here is Allen after the game, who was 12 of 27 for 131 yards with one touchdown passing, one rushing and also two interceptions.
UW’s defense, which forced 17 turnovers in its first six games, couldn’t force one against Boise State. It also couldn’t get off the field when it needed to in the second half, and also had its issues with Boise State’s two-headed quarterback monster in junior Brett Rypien and senior graduate transfer Montell Cozart. Credit Boise State for coming up with a good plan for both.
Here is UW junior strong safety Andrew Wingard after the game. Wingard had a game-best 15 tackles, including nine solo stops.
There were some possible good signs for UW in this game.
Fort’s continued improvement should help Allen and the passing game. There were glimpses of running the ball, but Allen was the leading rusher with 18 carries for 62 yards. UW can’t live on that from here on out. Junior defensive end Carl Granderson had 3.5 tackles for loss, including two sacks.
But the inconsistencies on offense continued. UW’s wide receivers had a had time getting open. A lot of that was due to a salty Boise State defense. The line had its moments where it pass protected well, but again, there was too much up-and-down play there and blocking in the run game.
UW sophomore middle linebacker Logan Wilson of Casper said after the game the Cowboys may have tried to do too much to make plays in the second half to get off the field. In other words, it wasn’t as disciplined as it needed to be, or have shown though much of the first six games.
A huge problem looming is who will play along the interior defensive line. Junior nose tackle Conner Cain broke his right ankle and had to be carted off the field. UW played most of the fourth quarter with two true freshmen in Ravontae Holt and Javaree Jackson. Sophomore defensive tackle Youhanna Ghaifan didn’t play due to a foot injury suffered at Utah State.
And, UW hosts New Mexico this coming week and its option-oriented offense that rolled up 56 points and a lot of yards on this defense last season.
It will be an interesting week of practice this week for the Cowboys in every phase of the game.
For more coverage from the game, log on to wyosports.net.
I will leave you with what Wilson said after the game: