After being down 14-3 early, I won’t lie, I thought Wyoming may suffer another blow out loss to Colorado State. UW lost the previous three games by a combined score of 123-60 and this game had the makings of that.
But then it all changed.
Some great running by junior running back Brian Hill and senior Shaun Wick, some timely passes (and good play calls) by redshirt sophomore quarterback Josh Allen and some good defensive play led UW to what turned to be an easy victory.
Some pre-game reading prior to Saturday’s 108th Border War between Wyoming and Colorado State. Kick off is at 8:15 p.m. MT.
First, my No. 1 key to the game for UW:
Run the ball effectively: When Wyoming runs the ball for more than 200 yards, it wins. When it doesn’t, it loses. Simple as that. The Cowboys need to be better running
between the tackles. If Colorado State shuts that down, UW must find other ways to generate rushing yards so it doesn’t put too much pressure on redshirt sophomore quarterback Josh Allen and the passing game.
UW was dominated along both lines of scrimmage in last year’s 26-7 loss at home to Colorado State. Being more physical along both lines of scrimmage is a big key today (although you can say that about any football game).
“To have a chance to win we’ve got to be physical along the line of scrimmage. That will be our big test. We feel better about the progress we’ve made, but come Saturday night we’re going to find out,” third-year UW coach Craig Bohl said.
As usual, I start with my top key for Wyoming in Saturday’s Border War football game with Colorado State:
Keep emotions in check: The Border War is an important game for both squads, and more often than not emotions are amped up for the players. That’s fine, but you still have to execute the game plan. The team that does that the best has the upper hand. Emotion is a good thing, but not when it leads to mistakes. How both teams manage their emotions will be key, especially early in the game.
After playing four of its last six games on the road, Wyoming returns home this week for its annual Border War game with Colorado State at 1 p.m. Saturday in Laramie.
Here is coach Craig Bohl talking about that and several other things about this week’s game.
From what Bohl said, looks like we will have to wait until later in the week to see if redshirt senior quarterback Cameron Coffman will play. He’s still nursing a right shoulder injury that kept him out of last week’s game at Utah State.
Here’s what Coffman had to say on his health status Monday.
Here is WyoSports senior editor Robert Gagliardi’s top key to the game for the Wyoming Cowboys in their Border War game against Colorado State, which kicks off at 5 p.m. today at Hughes Stadium in Fort Collins, Colorado.
Communication: Talking about Wyoming’s defense. With two of its most important starters out with injuries — free safety Darrenn White and outside linebacker Mark Nzeocha — and possibly two other starters (senior defensive end Sonny Puletasi and senior cornerback DeAndre Jones). It is vital the Cowboys know what they are doing against a high-powered Colorado State offense that will use a lot of shifts and motions at the line of scrimmage to set up mismatches.
Gagliardi and WyoSports editor Scott Nulph preview today’s game on their weekly video blog:
This game over the years always has featured players and coaches with ties to both schools.
UW lists 20 players from Colorado on its roster, and 13 have starting experience. Many of them know CSU players going back to when they were in high school. Some were recruited by both schools, others were shunned by Colorado State.
UW senior defensive end Riley Lange, who is from Parker, Colorado, talks about that this week:
Fans — both from Wyoming and Colorado State — respond to a question posted on this blog on their favorite Border War football memories.
The 106th Border War will be played at 5 p.m. Saturday at Hughes Stadium in Fort Collins.
–Bramlet to Floyd on a 50-yard touchdown pass to seal the win in 2003. Pokes were struggling under first-year head coach Joe Glenn, but wins against CSU and BYU that year at home provided a huge lift for the fans. —Mark Krug
–The first one I thought of was a blowout in what was a down year for both teams, 44-0 Cowboys in 2010. The most satisfying end to a 3-9 season that I think you could have. Just felt great after that game. — Adam
–Favorite was “The Drive” Wallwork/Harris in 1996. Cold as hell! I just remember that once we punched in the final touchdown by RB Marques Brigham and how excited everyone was. The cold didn’t matter then. 25-24 POKES! — Todd
–I agree! it was at CSU and CSU wanted nothing more than to be a spoiler to the Pokes great season. What a way to come through in the clutch and in terrible weather. It was such an in-justice that a Pokes team that finished 10-2 and a top 20 ranking did not get invited to a bowl game. — A. Usher
Wyoming’s senior defensive end and beard master talks about what the Border War means to him, and why he and a lot of other upperclassmen plan to talk to the younger players about the importance of this game.