“We’re a football team looking for ways to make things happen. We have to be creative.”
That’s what Wyoming coach Dave Christensen said after the Cowboys beat Toledo 20-15 Saturday night in Toledo. His team used three trick plays that resulted in 13 points.
I think he’s right. UW hasn’t showed the ability to make big plays the conventional way offensively much of this season. See my story in Monday’s Wyoming Tribune Eagle www.wyomingnews.com for more on that.
As UW kept executing those big plays, there were a lot of moans and groans from the Toledo faithful in the press box. Some remember when Christensen was an assistant at Toledo from 1992-2000 and that led to a lot of statements like: “That’s Christensen up to his old ways again.”
When asked if there were a lot of trick plays in his arsenal when he was at Toledo, Christensen said with a wry smile: “We had a few tricks up our sleeve.”
UW was outscored 13-0 in the fourth quarter against Toledo, and now has been outscored 50-0 in the fourth quarter this season.
“That’s something we’re going to have to fix,” senior receiver David Leonard said. “That’s what got us so many victories last year (five to be exact). We need to continue to work on that. We’ve got to finish in the fourth quarter. That’s something we’re going to discuss as a team and put even more of and emphasis on.”
But another UW player didn’t think it was a problem.
“Not at all. We’re getting better. Every game we’re going to get better at that and pick it up,” sophomore linebacker Ghaali Muhammad said.
Added junior defensive end Gabe Knapton: “That’s always a concern. We can’t get comfortable. We have to play a whole game.”
On the fake punt where junior punter Austin McCoy completed a 34-yard pass to senior cornerback Marcell Gipson, McCoy said the call for that play came from the sideline. He doesn’t have the green light to make those calls on the field.
Knapton on the cool, wet and rainy weather: “I think we loved it. It was nice and cool. It’s better than playing in the heat.”