More UW-Texas State video interviews

This is all rolled into one, but here’s what RB Alvester Alexander, WR Chris McNeill and LB Brian Hendricks had to say after Wyoming’s 45-10 win over Texas State last Saturday.

See Monday’s Wyoming Tribune Eagle for more from that game, and a look ahead to Saturday’s road-opener at Bowling Green.

UW-Texas State postgame notes/quotes

True freshman quarterback Brett Smith said he runs “angry.”

Junior running back Alvester Alexander said he often tells Smith to throw him the ball anyway, even if he’s not open. Alexander was open on a 48-yard pass play in the second half.

Coach Dave Christensen said because he’s “grumpy” he won’t allow his team to be distracted going on the road for the first time next week at Bowling Green.

But for now it was all smiles after UW beat Texas State 45-10 Saturday at War Memorial Stadium.

Some quick notes:

–Alexander’s 1-yard TD run in the first quarter extended his streak to six where he’s had at least one rushing touchdown in a game.

–Junior Korey Jones’ three sacks — on three consecutive plays in the second quarter — tied for the most in a single game in school history.

–The 45 points was the most since Christensen became the coach in 2009.

–Christensen described going for it on fourth-and-2 at the Texas State 15 late in the first quarter as both “stupid” and “selfish.” Said he wanted a touchdown, and it wasn’t because of a lack of confidence in true freshman kicker Daniel Sullivan.

–UW was 3 of 14 on third downs against Weber State last week. It was 11 of 16 against Texas State.

Will post video interviews from the post game soon. See Sunday’s Wyoming Tribune Eagle and Laramie Boomerang for more coverage.

UW-Texas State pregame notes

A little less than two hours before kickoff, and I just found out true freshman Daniel Sullivan will handle all field goal, extra point and kickoff duties today. Last week, redshirt freshman Stuart Williams kicked extra points. Coach Dave Christensen liked the way Sullivan was kicking the ball late in the week and decided to give Sullivan all the chances today. Sullivan has yet to attempt a field goal or extra point.

The scheduled fly over with a C-130 from F.E. Warren Air Force Base in Cheyenne won’t happen today prior to the game. That plane was deployed to Texas to help fight the wildfires there. One of Texas State’s sports information directors was sitting next to me when I got the news and she said: “Thank goodness, we need all the help we can get.”

Coaches will wear camo hats to honor 9/11 and our military today. And, as most of you know by now, the players’ brown helmets will don red, white and blue Steamboat decals.

UW-Texas State what to watch for

My No. 1 item for Wyoming to have success Saturday against Texas State:

Defensive improvement: The Cowboys have to play better at all 11 positions. Fans are already losing patience with this unit after giving up 541 yards last week to Weber State. A particular area of interest will be in the secondary.

For more keys to the game, and how playing Texas State means more to UW junior safety Luke Anderson more than just a game, see Saturday’s Wyoming Tribune Eagle and Laramie Boomerang. Also check back to the blog Saturday morning for a video interview with Anderson.

Also wanted to get your thoughts on what Weber State football coach Ron McBride said about UW as he prepares his team to play Utah State Saturday. Remember, UW and Utah State play each other Oct. 8 in Logan, Utah. Here’s the link to the story.

http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/blogsususports/52539197-55/state-wyoming-lot-mcbride.html.csp

Video: Robert Herron

Wyoming sophomore receiver Robert Herron looks to improve on his 7-catch, 104-yard and 2-touchdown peformance last Saturday against Weber State. A former running back, he also talks about how well his fellow backs caught the ball against Weber State.

Video: Alvester Alexander

Find out what Wyoming junior running back Alvester Alexander had to say about a possible new role for himself and other running backs this season. For more on that story, see today’s Wyoming Tribune Eagle and Laramie Boomerang.

Video: Tashaun Gipson

This is my second video interview with Gipson in less than a week, but he gets into his struggles against Weber State and what needs to happen to fix them heading into Saturday’s Texas State game.

Would love to hear your comments on this interview, and the one I also posted with defensive coordinator Marty English.