VIDEO: WyoSports previews UW-Michigan State football

WyoSports senior editor Robert Gagliardi and editor Scott Nulph preview the University of Wyoming’s football game at No. 9 Michigan State Saturday, and also looks back at the Cowboys’ 20-19 win over Florida Atlantic last week.

The 3-1 Cowboys and 2-1 Spartans kick off at 10 a.m. MT on Saturday, and the game will be televised on ESPN2.

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

UW-Florida Atlantic postgame thoughts

Will say this for Wyoming, it likes to do things the hard way — and do them late.

An 88-yard pass to senior receiver Dominic Rufran from senior quarterback Colby Kirkegaard led to an 18-yard game-winning field goal by senior kicker Stuart Williams with 15 seconds to play as UW beat Florida Atlantic 20-19 Saturday.

Didn’t get video of the Rufran catch, or the turnover the Cowboys forced prior to that on a FAU fumble by junior quarterback Jaquez Johnson. Senior linebacker Mark Nzeocha forced the fumble, and senior linebacker Jordan Stanton recovered it.

Here’s is UW’s final few offensive plays, and Williams’ game-winning field goal:


Do you see a theme with the heroes of the game for UW? See my column in Sunday’s Wyoming Tribune Eagle and Laramie Boomerang, and log on to wyosports.net to read that.

A couple of other thoughts from the game:

–The Cowboys’ defense was great, as Florida Atlantic only scored one touchdown in five chances in the red zone. That one time was set up by a 65-yard punt return by Lefty Whitehead. Here is video of that and some other highlights from the third quarter — not many highlights for the Cowboys.

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UW-Florida Atlantic key to the game; other notes

Here is WyoSports senior editor Robert Gagliardi’s top key to the game for the Wyoming Cowboys in their game today¬†against Florida Atlantic, which kicks off at 2 p.m. today at Jonah Field at War Memorial Stadium:

1. Finish drives: Wyoming moved the ball better than expected in its 48-18 loss at No. 2 Oregon with a season-high 439 yards. The Cowboys need to keep making progress there, but more importantly, finish drives with points. UW averages 16 points per game. That figure needs to rise significantly moving forward.

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Here are a few other notes and quotes for today’s game:

–Junior Jake Jones (appendicitis) and sophomore Sam Hardy (ankle) are game-time decisions for UW at right guard. If both can’t play, redshirt freshman Charlie Renfree will make his first-ever start.

–UW will try and win its fourth consecutive home game dating back to last season. The last time the Cowboys won four straight home games was during the end of the 2006 and beginning of the 2007 seasons. Continue reading

VIDEO: WyoSports previews UW-Florida Atlantic football game

WyoSports senior editor Robert Gagliardi and editor Scott Nulph talk about the University of Wyoming’s upcoming game with Florida Atlantic at 2 p.m. Saturday, and looks back some at the Cowboys’ 48-14 loss at No. 2 Oregon last week.

The Cowboys will improve to 3-1 on the season with the a win Saturday. Florida Atlantic (1-2) won for the first time last week at home against Tulsa, 50-21.

For more UW football and sports coverage, see the Wyoming Tribune Eagle and Laramie Boomerang and check back to wyosports.net.

UW sports live chat replay – Sept. 18

Here’s the replay of WyoSports senior editor Robert Gagliardi’s weekly live chat on University of Wyoming sports on Thursday, Sept. 18.

Lots of great conversation about UW’s football game with Florida Atlantic on Saturday, as well as some men’s basketball chatter.

Gagliardi will host his live game chat from the UW-Florida Atlantic football game starting at 1:30 p.m. Saturday. For more information on that and UW sports, see the Wyoming Tribune Eagle and Laramie Boomerang, and check back to wyosports.net.

Live Blog University of Wyoming sports live chat

Bohl addresses some defensive issues

Two issues about Wyoming’s defense was brought up to first-year Wyoming coach Craig Bohl this week.

–The Cowboys have no sacks from their defensive ends, and only one sack from a defensive linemen through three games.

–UW has allowed opponents to convert 51 percent of their third-down chances, including 9 of 11 in last week’s 48-14 loss at No. 2 Oregon.

Craig Bohl

Craig Bohl

Bohl didn’t seem too concerned about the play of the defensive ends. Any sacks or tackles for loss against Oregon and junior Heisman Trophy candidate quarterback Marcus Mariota would have been tough.

There were times UW pressured him, but Mariota outran the rush and most of UW’s defense for 71 ¬†yards and two touchdowns.

In the Cowboys’ 17-13 win over Air Force on Sept. 6, they had two sacks — one by senior defensive tackle Patrick Mertens. The Falcons threw a lot early, but UW faced more of a run-oriented option offense.

UW had one sack in its 17-12 season-opening win over Montana, but it pressured and hit quarterback Jordan Johnson a lot and kept him out of sync for most of the game. Doing that is just as important as getting sacks, and could be a key in Saturday’s home game with Florida Atlantic.

The Owls have a dual-threat quarterback, much like Johnson and Mariota, in Jacquez Johnson. It would be nice if UW sacked him a lot, but more importantly, not let him get into a rhythm where he can hurt the Cowboys with his legs and his arm — especially the deep pass. Continue reading