Better blocking key to get UW’s run game going

Third-year Wyoming football coach Craig Bohl took a lot of questions during Monday’s news conference, and one of them was about UW’s run game and its lack of production in its 27-24 loss at Eastern Michigan and at other times this season.

Junior running back Brian Hill has averaged 115.8 yards per game, but in the Cowboys’ two losses he failed to reach 100 yards. Hill said he needs to do a better job of breaking arm tackles at or close to the line of scrimmage.

Craig Bohl

Craig Bohl

Bohl said the offensive line also can do a better job.

“We need to stay on blocks, finish off blocks,” he said. “If you’re not maintaining blocks on the line of scrimmage by one of your players up front, you can X and O all want and it doesn’t matter. Those guys have to maintain and execute blocks and we’ll work hard on that this week.”

I will have more on that in Tuesday’s Wyoming Tribune Eagle and Laramie Boomerang, and online at wyosports.net.

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UW at Eastern Michigan postgame thoughts

Any loss is tough, but Wyoming’s 27-24 setback at Eastern Michigan Friday night seemed more painful than others.

The Cowboys (2-2) scored twice on defense on interception returns, and also picked off four passes in the game. Still, UW gave up too many big plays on defense and couldn’t be balanced on offense (79 rushing yards).

Here is coach Craig Bohl after the game:

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UW at Eastern Michigan football live chat replay

Here’s the replay of my live chat from the University of Wyoming’ 27-24 loss at Eastern Michigan Friday in front of an announced crowd of 17,012 at Rynearson Stadium in Ypsilanti, Michigan.

UW fell to 2-2 on the season. Eastern Michigan is 3-1.

For more UW sports coverage, see the Wyoming Tribune Eagle and Laramie Boomerang and log on to wyosports.net.

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Wyoming at Eastern Michigan football primer

Some pre-game reading prior to Wyoming’s game at Eastern Michigan, which kicks off at 5:30 p.m. Friday and is televised on CBS Sports Network.

First, my No. 1 key to the game for the Cowboys:

Keeping balance: Wyoming has averaged 216 rushing yards and 210 passing yards through its first three games. That balance has been a key to its success, and has to continue today. UW can’t let Eastern Michigan make it one dimensional.

Yes, no or am I full of it?

— I had this note in Friday’s story in the Wyoming Tribune Eagle, Laramie Boomerang and online at wyosports.net, but I found it interesting. The Cowboys play their third Friday night game in as many seasons. However, the last time UW played a nonconference game on a day other than Saturday was on Dec. 23, 2004 when it beat UCLA 24-21 in the Las Vegas Bowl.

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UW sports live chat replay

Here’s the replay of  my weekly live chat on University of Wyoming sports on Thursday, Sept. 22.

Some great conversation on UW’s football game Friday at Eastern Michigan, and also some chatter on UW men’s basketball in terms of recruiting.

For more UW and local sports coverage, see the Wyoming Tribune Eagle and Laramie Boomerang and log on to wyosports.net.

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UW-UC Davis postgame thoughts

It was nice to see Wyoming do what it is supposed to do against many FCS foes — win convincingly.

The Cowboys 45-22 victory in front of 18,781 fans at Jonah Field at War Memorial Stadium Saturday tied the most points scored in the Craig Bohl era. UW also scored 45 points at Fresno State in 2014.

Here is Bohl after the game:

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UW-Eastern Michigan football postgame thoughts, notes, quotes and video

Before the season started, did any of you think Wyoming would lose its first two games of the season at home to North Dakota and Eastern Michigan?

Even the biggest skeptics couldn’t have seen this coming.

But after the Cowboys’ 48-29 loss to Eastern Michigan Saturday at Jonah Field at War Memorial Stadium, that’s exactly where they are at. And, the games only get tougher from here on out.

Here is coach Craig Bohl’s postgame news conference:

I really liked what sophomore quarterback Josh Allen did in his brief time. He showed good command of the offense. UW gave him some easy throws to make

Josh Allen

Josh Allen

early on, and he zipped one pass in there that showed off his arm strength. Unfortunately, Allen’s aggressiveness likely cost him his season. Instead of sliding on a 24-yard run up the middle on the Cowboys’ second possession of the game (he had ample opportunities to do that) he took on a tackler head on and injured his shoulder and/or collar bone. Bohl expects Allen to be out six to eight week, but UW there is a good chance UW will be able to get a medical redshirt for him.

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UW-Eastern Michigan football live game chat replay

Here’s the replay of my my live game chat from Wyoming’s 48-29 home loss to Eastern Michigan Saturday.

For more UW sports coverage, and coverage from Saturday’s game, see the Wyoming Tribune Eagle and Laramie Boomerang, and log on to wyosports.net.

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UW-Eastern Michigan football: notes, quotes and video

First, my No. 1 key for Wyoming in its game Saturday with Eastern Michigan:

Run the football: Pretty simple. Wyoming has get back to what it does best offensively. Twenty-nine yards last week versus North Dakota won’t cut it. The run game will keep a vulnerable UW defense off the field, and also take pressure off whoever plays quarterback for the Cowboys today. UW needs to run the ball, then run it some more.

More on that, and other things about the game in my video preview:

A few other notes and quotes:

–“We’ve got to move forward. I learned a long time ago if you look in the rear-view mirror a long time, you’re going to have those same results.” — UW coach Craig Bohl after last week’s 24-13 season-opening loss to North Dakota.

— Senior defensive end Eddie Yarbrough ranks 10th nationally among all active FBS players with 29.5 tackles for loss. He had one last week against North Dakota.

Tanner Gentry

Tanner Gentry

–“He was doing a good job of getting open, and I also feel like I have good chemistry with him. I know where he’s going and what he’s going to do. I feel comfortable with all the guys, too. It’s still coming along with the young guys.” — UW redshirt senior quarterback Cameron Coffman on the play of junior receiver Tanner Gentry last week (nine catches for 176 yards and a touchdown) and his comfort level with the Cowboys’ other wide receivers.

— Gentry leads the Mountain West after one week of games in catches and receiving yards. His receiving yards is fifth nationally and his catches are ninth.

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