UW-CSU postgame thoughts

A typical Wyoming football game: Flashes of great plays mixed in with some bad ones, but in the end UW makes enough plays to win.

That’s the topic of my column in Sunday’s Wyoming Tribune Eagle and Laramie Boomerang, but that about sums up Saturday’s 22-19 win over Colorado State Saturday at Sonny Lubick Field at Hughes Stadium.

Was very impressed with the way sophomore Brandon Miller ran the ball. Maybe he should be back at running back. Had 36 yards on six carries, but most of those came on UW’s game-winning touchdown drive in the fourth quarter.

Liked the two deep throws true freshman quarterback Brett Smith threw to true freshman Josh Doctson for touchdowns. UW needs to have a deep threat, and Doctson seems to be that guy. UW needs a receiving threat, period, and hasn’t had one since junior Chris McNeill was lost for the season with an injury at Air Force.

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Border War key to the game

My No. 1 key for Wyoming in Saturday’s Border War:

No Nwoke: Wyoming must do everything it can not to let Colorado State sophomore running back Chris Nwoke have a big game. He has rushed for 200 yards or more in two of the last three games. If he gets rolling, it will open up more options for CSU’s offense, which means big trouble for the Cowboys.

Thoughts, opinions? I have four more keys for the Cowboys, and to see them check out Saturday’s Wyoming Tribune Eagle and Laramie Boomerang. Also check out the WTE as are doing something special on our sports front for the Border War. I think you’ll like it.

Border War Q&A

Kelly Lyell has covered Colorado State athletics for the Fort Collins Coloradoan for a long time, and here are the answers to the five questions I had for him leading up to Saturday’s Border War with Wyoming.

Let me know what you think, and we can discus this and many other things in more detail during today’s live chat at 3 p.m. Here is the link to the chat:http://wyomingcowboysblog.com/2011/11/29/live-chat-thursday-december-1st-at-3pm/

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Favorite Border War moment

Hard to put this on the blog as a poll question, but I want to hear your favorite moment or memory from the Wyoming-Colorado State Border War series.

I know there’s a lot of them out there, whether you’re in your 70s or in your teens.

I am going to cheat a little bit and give you two:

1. The 1998 game in Fort Collins. It was a night game and at the start of the second half, the fog blew in over Hughes Stadium. That didn’t stop UW as it won 27-19 — the only win over CSU in coach Dana Dimel’s three years.

2. The 1996 game in Fort Collins and “The Drive” led by quarterback Josh Wallwork deep in CSU territory and capped by a Marques Brigham touchdown run to give UW a 25-24 win. The game was snowy and cold. The only reason I didn’t put this one first is I wasn’t there. I was working in the office that day.

Another RB challenge for Wyoming’s defense

Wyoming’s defense has allowed seven 100-yard rushers this season, and one 200-yard performance by San Diego State’s Ronnie Hillman.

It faces another quality running back in Saturday’s Border War game with Colorado State in sophomore Chris Nwoke, who ran for 269 yards and two touchdowns in the Rams’ loss to Air Force last Saturday.

“Nwoke is a physical runner and they’re blocking well up front,” coach Dave Christensen said during his Monday news conference. “We need to have guys in position and wrap up. If we don’t he’s going to get a lot of yards. … “He runs down hill, he runs guys over and he has good speed. We need to force him to bounce to other guys.”

UW also plans to prepare to see CSU true freshman quarterback Garrett Grayson, who has started the last two games for injured sophomore Pete Thomas. Grayson is more of a run threat than Thomas.

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Tough times at CSU

From the sounds of it, Saturday’s Border War game with Wyoming could be the last for coach Steve Fairchild.