San Jose State 20, Wyoming 17 – postgame thoughts

The performance on the field wasn’t good, and the reaction from many fans was even worse.

Wyoming’s 20-17 road loss at San Jose State was far and away the lowest point of the season for the Cowboys as they lost to a team that came into the game with one win (against a FCS foe) and losers of 10 straight. During that losing streak, the Spartans’ closest margin of loss was 11 points.

The offense was poor, although it did move the ball well in the second half with 255 yards after just 102 in the first half. The defense was solid — for the most part. Pretty much a microcosm of the season.

Here is coach Craig Bohl after the game:

You heard Bohl talk about junior quarterback Josh Allen, who missed his second straight game with a right shoulder injury. Allen threw some prior to the game, including some long passes. I posted some video of that on Twitter prior to the game, and some fans felt if he could throw like that in shorts that he could have played. There is a big difference than playing catch — even at long distances — than playing in a game. Allen said he still has some pain throwing.

Here is Allen after the game:

Take from that what you will.

Junior quarterback Nick Smith was 17 of 37 for 171 yards with a touchdown and two interceptions — one of which led to a San Jose State touchdown. Kind of like the 13-7 home loss to Fresno State Nov. 18, Smith did some of his best throwing late in the game, but he was largely ineffective through three quarters. His receivers didn’t help him a lot with some drops.

Sophomore running back Kellen Overstreet had a career-high 139 yards, the most for a UW running back this season. He had 116 in the second half, but UW needed more of that in the first half — or more offense in general.

Here is Overstreet after the game:

Now UW plays the waiting game to see who it plays in a bowl game, and we all will find out a week from Sunday. Might be hard to grasp a bowl game at this point after the happenings of the last few weeks, but there will be one, and UW has a lot of work ahead ┬áif it hopes to be competitive — let alone win it. All indications are the Cowboys will play in the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl Dec. 22 against a Mid-American Conference foe.

Will cap this post off with what UW junior strong safety Andrew Wingard:

For more coverage from this game, including some pretty harsh words from many UW fans in the “What They Said” piece I did, log on to wyosports.net along with Sunday’s Wyoming Tribune Eagle and Laramie Boomerang.

3 thoughts on “San Jose State 20, Wyoming 17 – postgame thoughts

  1. The conference is down far enough that the standard should be 8 win seasons. I have a hard time believing that Joe Glenn, Christensen, or Dimel couldn’t find equal success. I know the offense is missing their best player but does a program get a pass when the starting qb goes out? I remember Brett Smith missing multiple games with concussions, that staff didn’t get a pass for the losses ( similar loss to cal-poly was it?).

  2. I’m not sure how “day to day” equates to Josh being gone this long. Even if his arm isn’t 100%, Josh’s experience, legs, and competitiveness would elevated us so much last night.

  3. I was at the game and, while the offense was pretty one-dimensional without Josh Allen, that’s not why I think they lost. The team just looked like they weren’t all that motivated. The players on our sideline seemed sort of bored, while San Jose was fired up.

    On the positive side, I got a chance to sit by Carl Granderson’s family and talk with them a bit. Nice folks!

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