Some notes and quotes leading up to Wyoming’s final non-conference game with Wofford. Kickoff is at 2 p.m. Saturday at Jonah Field at War Memorial Stadium. The game isn’t on regular TV, but can be streamed online at the MW Network.
If you can’t be at the game, or stream it online, join me for my live chat from the game beginning at 2 p.m. Links to the chat will be here and at wyosports.net.
— “They have not changed offensively through the years and have the same offensive coordinator for maybe 20-30 years. We have got a great deal of experience coaching against that scheme. They’ll play two quarterbacks and they’re very creative with what they do with their option scheme and they have answers for what you throw up defensively. Defensively they offer up a three-down look with some 300-pounders up front. They do what they do. They have elements of option and elements of shot gun. They have the quarterback under center sometimes and they run zone schemes. They can throw the ball, although they don’t throw the ball a ton. They all present challenges.” — fifth-year UW coach Craig Bohl talking about Wofford.
— UW has scored only six touchdowns over its first three games, and is averaging 20.3 points per contest. However, the Cowboys are 5-for-5 in scoring in the red zone with two touchdowns and three field goals. That ranks them No. 1 in the nation.
— “I don’t think motivation will be an issue. We played two very good teams and we hung in for a little bit, but we lacked execution. This week we will have more motivation, if anything, and we’ll be ready to go out there and play.” — UW redshirt freshman quarterback Tyler Vander Waal
— If UW wins Saturday it will even its record at 2-2. It started the 2016 and 2017 seasons 2-2 and went on to win eight games both times, including reaching the Mountain West championship game in 2016.
— “Their defense is a 3-4, but with a new head coach and defensive coordinator they haven’t had to show their hand as much in their first two games. That’s what you get ealry in the season at times.” — UW associate head coach/offensive coordinator Brent Vigen.
— The Andrew Wingard tackles watch continues this week. The senior strong safety is third in UW history with 387 tackles, and won’t move up that list Saturday. However, he needs eight tackles to tie for fourth in MW history in career tackles, and 16 to tie for third.
— “We wont take any team lightly. My redshirt freshman year 2015 we lost to Noth Dakota here. We need to focus on us and the things we need to do to continue to improve. We can’t take (Wofford) lightly. They have guys who can play football.” — UW junior middle linebacker Logan Wilson
— Wofford is the third team from South Carolina UW has played in school history. The other two were FCS foes in Furman (2001) and The Citadel (2002). UW won those games, but only by a combined 10 points. Wofford was 7-1 last season in games decided by one possession, and is 1-0 this season.
— “I think the confidence is pretty high still. We realized what happened the last two games and it brought us back down to earth a little. But we’re ready to push forward toward our main goal wihch is a Mountain West championship. — UW senior free safety Marcus Epps
— Wofford, located in Spartanburg, S.C., will travel 1,585 miles to get to Laramie. That is tied for its third-longest road trip in school history. Its longest was 2,514 miles to Idaho in 2015. It went 2,265 miles to play at Montana in 2007.
See Saturday’s Wyoming Tribune Eagle and Laramie Boomerang for my story on UW assistant coach Mike Bath, and how a big-time health scare a little more than eight years ago changed his life, and perspective on life. Also, I have a story on first-year Wofford coach Josh Conklin, who is from Gillette and is taking over for a legend at Wofford in Mike Ayers.