UW-New Mexico postgame thoughts

Got to hand it to true freshman quarterback Brett Smith, again.

Two rushing touchdowns, one passing, 140 rushing yards, 352 total yards and a 31-10 UW victory. Both of Smith’s touchdown runs came in the fourth quarter to put the game away. His 69-yarder was the longest offensive play of the season for the Cowboys.

See my column in Sunday’s Wyoming Tribune Eagle and Laramie Boomerang for more on Smith.

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UW-New Mexico key to the game

Here is my top key for Wyoming in Saturday’s game with New Mexico. To see my four other keys, check out Saturday’s Wyoming Tribune Eagle and Laramie Boomerang.

Fast start: The last thing Wyoming needs to do is give New Mexico any early momentum. That was a big factor in the Lobos’ first win of the season last week as they scored on the first play of the game. A fast start is crucial for UW, not to mention a consistent effort throughout the game.

Any thoughts on this? What are your biggest keys to the game?

UW-New Mexico Q&A swap

I asked New Mexico football beat writer Rick Wright of the Albuquerque Journal five questions about Saturday’s game with Wyoming.

First are the questions I asked Rick and his answers, followed by his questions for me and my answers. Let me know what you think, and we also can talk about them during today’s live chat at 3 p.m. (see the blog for the direct link).

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Burman asks fans to show up Saturday

Wyoming athletics director Tom Burman issued this statement Tuesday on Steamboat Sound, the official email of UW athletics about Saturday’s home football game with New Mexico.

“We have an extremely important football game coming up on Saturday. The Cowboys have an opportunity to become bowl eligible which is always a goal at the beginning of each season. It’s a big deal for our program and we need all of our Cowboy fans in War Memorial Stadium. If our goal is to become a football program that goes to bowl games on a consistent basis, then it must start with our fans being in the stands for these kids, especially in November. The weather is going to be fine; it’s for bowl eligibility and the last home game for an outstanding senior class.  There shouldn’t be any excuses, we need you.”

Any thoughts? I do hope the crowd is better than the last home game with TCU on Nov. 5, which drew only 17,000 and change.

Cowboys not taking Lobos lightly

Wyoming is an early 25-point favorite to beat New Mexico Saturday in Laramie. But last season when even though UW was struggling at 2-7, New Mexico was winless but beat the Cowboys 34-31 on a late field goal.

There are signs up all over the Rochelle Athletics Center with the score of that game, and senior safety Tashaun Gipson said the game will be replayed on television monitors in the locker room and throughout the RAC through Friday as a reminder of what happened.

Got a feeling UW will play better this year against New Mexico than last year. For more on this, see Tuesday’s Wyoming Tribune Eagle and Laramie Boomerang.

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