I feel like I am writing the same things when I do this particular blog post talking about Wyoming’s last football game.
Despite moving the ball, UW couldn’t score. The defense got off to a poor start, but came back and played relatively well.
But a season-high three turnovers resulted in 14 Appalachian State points and a 31-13 Cowboys’ loss. They are now 0-5 for the first time since 1975. They’ve also lost their first five games by double-figures for the first time since 1939.
As usual, I start with my No. 1 key for Wyoming in its game Saturday at Appalachian State:
Better start defensively: Wyoming has allowed 101 first-half points, compared to 42 in the second half. It can’t dig itself an early hole on the road today against a good team. The Cowboys must do a better job of adjusting to the speed of the game early, tackle well and not allow the big play. In four games they’ve allowed 12 plays of 30 yards or more, nine of which have resulted in touchdowns. Wyoming also must do a good job of slowing down Appalachian State’s run game. The Mountaineers average 298.7 rushing yards per game. The Cowboys allow 207.2. On paper this isn’t a good match-up.
For more keys and a preview of the game, here’s my video preview:
Some notes and quotes on the game:
— “They definitely have guys that fly around, play with great technique and are
experienced defensively. It would be a misstep for us not to know they can throw the ball pretty well. They run the ball well (298.3 yards per game). The quarterback isn’t as much of a run threat as what we faced last week, but still a threat. We think they have a great offensive line that creates some holes and pose some challenges — not like we need any challenges.” — UW coach Craig Bohl on Appalachian State.
— “Some of the young guys are probably pretty fragile right now thinking this college football sucks, and do I really want to do this for the next four or years. It’s our job as older guys to encourage them and let them know if we keep working success will come.” — UW redshirt senior quarterback Cameron Coffman on the mental state of the team, especially the younger players.
Doing this for the past four Sundays has felt like the movie Groundhog Day — the same thing every week.
Wyoming lost 38-28 at home to New Mexico to fall to 0-4. The Cowboys have lost six straight home games and seven in a row overall going back to last season. And, they lost this game much like it did their last three.
Too many big plays allowed by the defense, and not enough plays overall by this unit. The offense put up some good numbers, at least in the passing game, but it wasn’t consistent enough. Ten penalties for 98 yards didn’t help.