UW-Texas State Q&A

WyoSports senior editor Robert Gagliardi did a question-and-answer session with Tyler Mayforth, who covers Texas State football for the San Marcos Daily Record in San Marcos, Texas, about Saturday night’s game with the University of Wyoming.

Look for Q&As with beat writers that cover UW football opponents every week throughout the season.

At 2-1 how would you assess Texas State at this point of the season? What has been its strengths and weaknesses?

Texas State is just about where most people thought it would be at this stage of the season. Nobody truly expected the Bobcats to be 3-0, but they played Texas Tech tougher than anybody thought they would. The strength easily has to be the defense, especially the linebackers. Weakness is the entire offense at this stage. Something needs to change for that unit soon. Texas State had two chances with first-and-goal from the Red Raider 1-yard line last game and didn’t score both times. That’s laughable.

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UW football practices indoors

Wyoming practiced in its indoor practice facility Tuesday morning, but it wasn’t because the weather outside in Laramie was bad.

The weather forecast for the Cowboys’ game at Texas State Saturday night in San Marcos, Texas, is for temperatures in the high 70s to low to mid-80s by kickoff time (5 p.m. MT). There is a 60 percent chance of rain, and the humidity levels will be in the 60 percent range.

“We tried to get the heat turned up in here a little bit and get acclimated to the temperature,” coach Dave Christensen said. “We can’t make it 75 in here, but it was good. They got a good sweat going.”

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Kankolongo suspended for targeting

Just minutes before coach Dave Christensen’s Monday news conference, media members got word that Wyoming junior linebacker Nehemie Kankolongo was suspended for one game by the Mountain West for targeting.

This coming after a hit by Kankolongo on Air Force running back Anthony LaCoste on a

Nehemie Kankolongo

Nehemie Kankolongo

kickoff return in the second quarter. It was a big hit. It caused a fumble, UW recovered and scored a touchdown en route to its 56-23 road victory.

There was no penalty on Kankolongo on the play. There was a penalty, but it was for too much celebrating by the Cowboys. The MW reviewed the play, and made its decision, and according to its press release had the right to make that decision.

What do you think folks, was this targeting and should Kankolongo have been suspended? Let me know what you think.

From what replays I saw, it looked like he used his arm to make the initial hit. One could argue he lunged his body toward LaCoste, but it also looked like he was blocked or pushed into him as well.

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