Every time Wyoming plays Air Force in football there is talk about how unique the challenge is to go against the Falcons’ option-based offense.
That’s the case again this week as the Cowboys and Falcons open Mountain West play against each other Saturday night in Laramie.
But Air Force’s defense poses some challenges to Wyoming’s offense.
“They have a three-man front so they like to bring different linebackers from different areas,” senior quarterback Colby Kirkegaard said. “They do some unique things, so we have to take that into consideration. It’s more different than anything, and also more challenging for us going against a team with a traditional four-man front.”
Wyoming’s game plan this season is to control the line of scrimmage and run the ball, and one would think the Cowboys will have an advantage Saturday going against a traditionally small Air Force line.
But UW offensive coordinator Brent Vigen wants to see the the offense be more balanced after running for 209 yards and passing for just 92 in last week’s 17-12 win over Montana.
“Air Force moves and plays really hard, and they and pressured a little bit more against Nicholls (a 44-16 Air Force win),” Vigen said. “We need to throw the ball more and more effectively. We didn’t take but maybe one shot (down field) last week.”
Here is Vigen on that, and recapping the offense’s play against Montana: