I don’t know about you, but I didn’t see that coming.
I thought Wyoming had a chance to beat New Mexico, but figured if it happened it would be a close game.
UW forced a school-record seven turnovers, including five interceptions, in a 42-3 victory in front of an okay crowd of 18,249 at Jonah Field at War Memorial Stadium Saturday night.
The turnovers came in droves, including five in the first half. UW’s average starting field position in the game was its own 42-yard line, and New Mexico’s 47 in the second quarter where the Cowboys scored 35 points.
Here is UW junior strong safety Andrew Wingard after the game about UW getting some redemption against New Mexico, after three straight losses to the Lobos, including a 56-35 loss there last season. Wingard had two interceptions in the game.
As much credit as Wyoming’s defense deserves (and it deserves a lot), I thought New Mexico doomed itself by trying to throw the football as much as it did. The Lobos are a triple-option, run-oriented offense. It went completely away from its identity, and it backfired big time.
The Cowboys had scoring drives of three, 29, 16, 30 and 38 yards. That makes life pretty easy for the offense. UW’s offensive numbers weren’t outstanding, but it averaged 5.2 yards per play and didn’t turn the ball over, other on downs late in the game with the backups in.
Junior quarterback Josh Allen was good, 16 of 28 for 234 yards with four touchdowns, no interceptions and one rushing touchdown. Allen completed passes to nine different receivers.
And, how about junior tight end Austin Fort of Gillette? Fort caught two touchdowns and ran for a third. He’s touched the ball four times in his brief UW career, which spans the last three games, and has four touchdowns. He looks to be a valuable weapon for the offense moving forward.
Here is Fort after the game, along with Allen.
A knock on the offense: 75 yards rushing. That’s still a problem for this team, but fortunately, it didn’t hurt the Cowboys in the game.
Two impressive numbers for UW’s defense: it leads all Football Bowl Subdivision teams with a plus-16 turnover margin and with 24 turnovers forced (14 interceptions and 10 fumble recoveries).
One of those interceptions was by junior defensive end Carl Granderson, his second of the season. Granderson returned it 37 yards to the New Mexico three-yard line to set up UW’s first touchdown.
Here is Granderson after the game:
And finally, here is fourth-year UW coach Craig Bohl, who beat New Mexico for the first time as the Cowboys’ coach:
Now it is Border War week as UW gets set to host Colorado State at 5 p.m. this Saturday. UW and Colorado State are tied for second place in the Mountain Division of the Mountain West with one conference loss.
Got a fun project planned to run in Saturday’s Wyoming Tribune Eagle and Laramie Boomerang, and online at wyosports.net in regards tot he Border War rivalry in the Bronze Boot traveling trophy era, which celebrates its 50th anniversary this year. For you all out there, what is your most memorable Border War game between those two teams during that era?