UW-Idaho what they are saying

WyoSports senior editor Robert Gagliardi put together some quotes from players, coaches and fans after Wyoming’s 42-10 home-opening win over Idaho Saturday in Laramie.

— “Let’s hope the intensity is high today. We need the energy we had last week. If we do, the Pokes will put on a show. If not, this may be closer than we want.” — via Kdwright from UW-Idaho live chat.

— I remember when UW yanked the scholarship offer from Lucas Wacha. I’m glad he was able to forgive and forget and sign with the Pokes.” — via adsfjkl from UW-Idaho live chat. Wacha, a redshirt freshman linebacker, had a career-high 11 tackles.

— “Field looks in great in HD. The brown an gold is poppin.” via Chad from UW-Idaho live chat.

— “Best kept secret is Tedder!” — via Elaine from UW-Idaho live chat on senior running back Tedder Easton on his first-ever rushing touchdown in the second quarter.

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VIDEO: Brett Smith

Wyoming junior quarterback Brett Smith threw for 295 yards and four touchdowns, and had 64 rushing yards in the Cowboys’ 42-10 victory over Idaho on Saturday, Sept. 7, 2013 in ┬áLaramie, Wyo. Smith is now the school record holder for touchdowns responsible for with 72.

For more on the game, see Sunday’s Wyoming Tribune Eagle and Laramie Boomerang, and log on to wyosports.net.

VIDEO: Patrick Mertens

Wyoming senior defensive tackle Patrick Mertens talks about the Cowboys’ 42-10 win over Idaho on Saturday, Sept. 7, 2013 in Laramie, Wyo. Wyoming’s defense recorded seven quarterback sacks and seven three-and-out series.

For more on the game, see Sunday’s Wyoming Tribune Eagle and Laramie Boomerang, and log on to wyosports.net

UW-Idaho postgame thoughts

To me, the day belonged to the defense in Wyoming’s 42-10 home-opening win over Idaho Saturday.

Eight tackles for loss, seven quarterback sacks, seven three-and-outs, four straight to start the game and two turnovers that led to touchdowns. Granted, Idaho wasn’t very good but the defense set the tone for this win as the offense struggled to get going.

The 344 yards of total offense allowed was the fewest UW has given up since Nov. 19, 2011 against New Mexico (396).

Here’s what coach Dave Christensen had to say about the defense, and about the game in general.

I get into the defense more in my column in Sunday’s Wyoming Tribune Eagle and Laramie Boomerang, and also at wyosports.net.

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UW-Idaho pregame notes

The view from the press box a few hours from kickoff  at Jonah Field at War Memorial Stadium. Photo by Robert Gagliardi/WyoSports

The view from the press box a few hours from kickoff at Jonah Field at War Memorial Stadium. Photo by Robert Gagliardi/WyoSports

It’s a beautiful day here in Laramie for Wyoming’s home-opener against Idaho. Temperatures should be in the low 80s at kickoff and in the 70s by game’s end. Beats the heat and humidity at Nebraska last week.

No new injury news, other than junior cornerback Tyran Finley is out for this game after being hurt late in the Nebraska game. No big surprise there as Finley was on crutches on Tuesday and Wednesday. True freshman Tim Hayes will start in place of Finley.

Here are some other news and notes to look forward to today:

–UW has won nine of its last 10 home openers, and coach Dave Christensen is 3-1 in home openers with the Cowboys.

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UW-Idaho key to the game

Here is WyoSports senior editor Robert Gagliardi’s key to the game for Wyoming in today’s home-opener against Idaho.

Focus and intensity: Many were impressed with how Wyoming played in its 37-34 loss at No. 22 Nebraska last week. But can the Cowboys come out with that same focus and intensity today? Idaho is not in the same class as Nebraska, but UW is not good enough to simply show up on the field and expect to win. It needs a similar effort today as it has last week.

Agree, disagree? For more on the game, see today’s Wyoming Tribune Eagle and Laramie Boomerang, and log on to wyosports.net. Can’t be at today’s game, join Gagliardi for his live chat from the game starting at 1:30 p.m. See the blog or wyosports.net for the link.

UW-Idaho Q&A

WyoSports senior editor Robert Gagliardi did a question-and-answer session with Josh Wright, who covers Idaho football for the Spokesman Review newspaper in Spokane, Wash., about Saturday’s game with the University of Wyoming.

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

What were your initial impressions of Idaho in its opener and with first-year coach Paul Petrino?

Idaho’s inexperience really manifested itself at North Texas. Half of the traveling squad had never played at the FBS level, and of course, the whole team had never gone through a game with Paul Petrino running the show. It also bears mentioning that Idaho started a redshirt freshman at quarterback and true freshmen at running back, free safety, kicker and punter.

After showing a crisp, disciplined offense in fall camp, Idaho looked disorganized and confused to start the game (it used all three of its first-half timeouts in the first 2 minutes, 40 seconds). So the initial impressions weren’t great, and the coaching staff was disappointed, too. Offensive coordinator Kris Cinkovich expects the offense to look much sharper — and be more effective — Saturday in Laramie. We’ll see how much of a jump the Vandals’ young players can make from Week 1 to Week 2.

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