Brandon leaves UW for New Mexico State

By now most of you know or heard that Wyoming offensive coordinator Gregg Brandon was hired for a similar position at New Mexico State Friday.

He gave two reasons.

1) His previous relationship with current New Mexico State coach Doug Martin. Both were head coaches in the Mid-American conference back in the 2000s. Brandon said he has known Martin for 10 to 12 years.

2) Brandon received a two-year deal worth $180,000 a year. He was to make $160,000 at UW this year and his contract was up at the end of the year. Brandon told me that the multi-year deal and the salary was too good to pass up. This is Brandon’s 32nd year as a college coach, and said he “isn’t going to do this forever.”

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Despite injuries, Smith progressing at QB

Wyoming sophomore quarterback Brett Smith did something last week he hadn’t done yet this season.

Start in three straight games.

Smith was 19 of 32 for 235 yards and four touchdowns, and ran for another in UW’s 45-31 victory over Colorado State.

“I thought it was the best game that he’s played since I’ve been coaching him,” said offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Gregg Brandon, who first coached Smith last year as a true freshman.

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UW football Media Monday

Wyoming football coach Dave Christensen called it a “statement drive.”

The Cowboys didn’t score on the 13-play drive, and the longest play was eight yards.

But UW ran out the final 6:48 of the game in its 45-31 win over Colorado State last Saturday with 12 runs and only one pass.

It capped off an offensive effort for the Cowboys where they ran for 228 yards and threw for 240.

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Video: Gregg Brandon

Wyoming offensive coordinator Gregg Brandon talks about the challenges of facing Colorado State in Saturday’s Border War game, and also talks about his own Border War memory when he was an assistant coach at UW in the early 1990s. The interview was done on Monday, Oct. 29, 2012.

For more on the game, see Saturday’s Wyoming Tribune Eagle and Laramie Boomerang, and log on to