UW-Boise State postgame thoughts

It was a promising start for Wyoming.

But it was short lived as the Cowboys fell to No. 21 Boise State 45-14 Saturday at Jonah Field at War Memorial Stadium.

I liked UW’s first two offensive possessions that gained 151 yards. I thought UW would try and run the ball since Boise State allowed only 158 passing yards per game. But the Cowboys spread them out kind of dinked-and-dunked the Broncos.

The blocked field goal after the first drive was a killer, but a touchdown on the second possession was big.

But that was about it for UW.

One yard on the next five possessions for the offense, and the defense allowed seven scores on nine possessions in the game.

You just can’t do things like that against a nationally-ranked team — or any team — and win.

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UW goes inside to simulate Fresno heat

Wyoming’s first practice of the week to get ready for its road game at Fresno State Tuesday was held in its indoor practice facility.

There was a storm brewing over Laramie as practice started, and the wind was blowing pretty good. But that wasn’t the reason.

The reason was weather UW expects to face at Fresno, even with a 8:30 p.m. start (7:30 p.m. in Fresno). The weather forecast is for high of 85 degrees, which should be in the 70s during the game. Humidity levels are expected to be near 50 percent.

Heaters were turned up in the indoor practice facility Tuesday to make it feel warm and stuffy. Christensen said he hoped to get it up to about 80 degrees.

UW will practice indoors Wednesday.

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UW spring football notes

Spring football at Wyoming begins March 19, or two weeks from Monday.

Been doing interviews with players and coaches for stories leading up to the start of practice, but wanted to share a few notes with you now:

–Sophomore quarterback Brett Smith won’t go through any contact drills and won’t scrimmage this spring after surgery earlier this winter. Smith, coach Dave Christensen and offensive coordinator Gregg Brandon all told me the surgery went well and Smith is expected to be fine for fall camp in August. “We don’t hit him anyway,” said Brandon about Smith and any of UW’s quarterbacks during practice.

Smith has been throwing the ball around lately and working out with teammates. UW doesn’t disclose injuries to specific players, but through social media Smith had surgery stemming from an injury to his right thumb/hand.

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Alexander turns pro

Wyoming running back Alvester Alexander has declared himself eligible for this year’s NFL Draft and will forego his senior season with the Cowboys.

I heard rumblings about this earlier in the week, but nothing was confirmed and all indications I got were that Alexander was coming back for his senior season.

This move surprises me big time. Alexander did some good things at UW: 27 rushing touchdowns (third-most in school history) and 2,127 yards (ninth-most in school history). He scored a touchdown on his first-ever carry for UW — a 44-yard run against Weber State in 2009.

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