VIDEO: Josh Teeter

Laramie native and walk-on University of Wyoming redshirt freshman offensive guard Josh Teeter talks about playing the majority of the game on the left side in the Cowboys’ 59-56 overtime victory over Hawaii last Saturday in his first extensive playing time of his career. The interview was done on Monday, Nov. 25, 2013 in Laramie, Wyo.


For more on Teeter, UW football and the Cowboys’ men’s basketball game at Ohio State Monday night see Tuesday’s Wyoming Tribune Eagle and Laramie Boomerang, and log on to wyosports.net.

UW-Boise State postgame thoughts

Talking about Wyoming’s last four football games is beginning to sound like a broken record.

Inconsistent to bad offense. Poor defense.

Those results led to UW’s fourth straight loss in a 48-7 drubbing at Boise State Saturday night.

A season-high four turnovers — three of which led to Boise State touchdowns — and a defense that was on the field for 92 plays and gave up 524 yards.

UW had a season-low 265 yards of offense, and also a season-low in rushing yards (55) and points.

The defense did little to stop Boise State, that had 241 yards rushing and 283 passing. There were some short fields due to the four turnovers, but the Broncos also drove the field on the Cowboys.

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UW-San Jose State postgame thoughts

It’s become an all too familiar story for the Wyoming football team.

The Cowboys’ defense allowed a season-high 642 yards of total offense in a 51-44 loss at San Jose State Saturday night at Spartan Stadium in San Jose, Calif.

The defense got off to a good start — three straight three-and-outs and then a fumble recovery. After that, it did virtually nothing.

Senior quarterback David Fales missed on just 10 of his 37 pass attempts. He threw for 482 yards and five touchdowns. The Spartans also ran for 160 yards, and it seemed like more.

Fales scored the game-winning touchdown on a 1-yard quarterback sneak with 8 seconds left. Here’s the video of that play.


The offense did some good things. Junior quarterback Brett Smith threw for three touchdowns. Sophomore running back Shaun Wick had 234 yards, and senior receiver Robert Herron had a school-record 93-yard touchdown reception where he simply outran everyone from San Jose on a short pass. It was similar to what he did last year at Texas on his 82-yard touchdown run and catch. The 93-yard play was the longest in UW history — touchdown or not.

But it wasn’t enough.

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VIDEO: Tyler Strong

Wyoming senior offensive guard Tyler Strong, one of 22 players on the roster from Colorado, talks about the Cowboys’ Border War game with Colorado State this week. The interview was done on Monday, Oct. 14, 2013 in Laramie, Wyo.


See Saturday’s Wyoming Tribune Eagle and Laramie Boomerang, and log on to wyosports.net for more on today’s game. And, join WyoSports senior editor Robert Gagliardi for his live chat for the game starting at 11:30 a.m. Links to the chat are on this blog and at wyosports.net.

Nap time for the Cowboys

One of the many things required by Wyoming’s football players this season includes a nap.

Coach Dave Christensen was asked if the late start for Saturday’s Mountain West opener at Air Force (8:15 p.m.) will alter the team’s game day routine on Saturday.

“That’s what they do now because we practice in the mornings,” coach Dave Christensen said. “That’s early in their night, so we will give them their nap during the day like they normally take. Other than that, everything is business as usual.”

Would we all like to have a time of the day where we’re required to take a nap? I know I would take it.

Some other news and notes from Wednesday morning’s practice:

— Three backup offensive linemen continued to get work with the first team: sophomore center Rafe Kiely, redshirt freshman left guard Chase Roullier and sophomore right guard Austin Traphagan, who also can play tackle. They replaced junior center Albert Perez, senior left guard Tyler Strong and sophomore right guard Jake Jones, who were at practiced but didn’t participate much. “They’re doing a good job,” Christensen said. “We are still working some guys back in but we should be full go on Saturday.”

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Reserve O-linemen getting some work

Some backup offensive linemen got some work with the starters for Wyoming during Tuesday morning’s practice at Jonah Field at War Memorial Stadium.

Redshirt freshman Chase Roullier continued to get reps at left guard for senior Tyler Strong, who missed last week’s game with Northern Colorado and is listed as questionable for Saturday night’s game at Air Force. Roullier started for Strong last week.

Sophomore Austin Traphagan got some snaps at left guard for sophomore starter Jake Jones, who appeared to suffer a minor injury in Tuesday’s practice. Traphagan is listed as a backup tackle, but also has played guard at UW. Redshirt freshman walk-on Josh Teeter also got a few snaps at guard.

Sophomore center Rafe Kiely continues to alternate snaps with junior starter Albert Perez. Perez has started the first three games, and is slated to do so at Air Force.

“We are rolling some guys in for some others who have some minor injuries,” coach Dave Christensen said. “We should be fine on Saturday.”

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Christensen fields questions about last year’s Air Force tirade

First off, Wyoming football coach Dave Christensen answered questions about this year’s Air Force team — the one the Cowboys play Saturday night at Air Force to open Mountain West play.

But you knew questions would soon follow about Christensen’s obscenity-laced tirade toward Air Force coach Troy Calhoun after last season’s 28-27 Cowboys loss to the Falcons in Laramie.

Wyoming will wear is camo-patterned uniforms for Saturday's game at Air Force. The Cowboys wore these uniforms for last year's game with the Falcons. Photo by Robert Gagliardi/WyoSports

Wyoming will wear is camo-patterned uniforms for Saturday’s game at Air Force. The Cowboys wore these uniforms for last year’s game with the Falcons. Photo by Robert Gagliardi/WyoSports

Christensen, who was suspended one game and fined $50,000 for the incident, answered the questions with class and calmness. But one could tell he didn’t want to spend all of Monday answering questions about it.

“I am not playing one snap, and I don’t think Troy is, either,” he said. “Our focus is on execution and being ready to play Saturday night. My behavior is going to be much better. I will watch my Ps and Qs.”

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UW-Northern Colorado pregame notes

About an hour prior to kickoff here in Laramie and it is partly sunny/cloudy, temperatures in the mid to high 60s and everything is dry around here. Laramie didn’t get the rain like Cheyenne or parts of Colorado did the last few days.

There is chances of rain this afternoon, but the elements should not be a factor early on … if at all today.

Here are a couple of notes to watch for today’s game with Northern Colorado:

–Junior quarterback Brett Smith is one touchdown pass shy of tying Casey Bramlet (2000-03) for the most in school history at 56. Today’s game will be Smith’s 26th game. Smith also is 273 total yards shy of moving into third place on UW’s career offense list and 317 passing yards from moving into fourth place in career passing yards.

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Stanton making a statement for Cowboys

Jordan Stanton’s approach to football games sounds simple.

“The cream is going to rise and its going to show,” the Wyoming junior middle linebacker said. “Once the lights come on its time to put it all on the table. Every game you have to turn that switch on.”

Stanton, a junior-college transfer that arrived on campus in January, turned the switch on in the Cowboys’ season-opener at No. 23 Nebraska on Aug. 31 as he came off the bench and recorded eight tackles, two of which were for losses. That earned him the starting job in last week’s 42-10 win against Idaho where he had seven tackles.

Here is a video interview with Stanton done this week.

Stanton was the backup to senior Devyn Harris throughout fall camp, and both continue to compete for playing time now. However, Stanton has the edge over the more experienced Harris, although both play.

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Rain does not stop Cowboys at practice

There was rain early and late.

But it didn’t stop the Wyoming football team from practicing outside at Jonah Field at War Memorial Stadium Tuesday morning.

“There was no lightning and we have to play in it,” coach Dave Christensen said.

UW does not have a game on its schedule this season indoors, and it played a little bit in the rain in last Saturday’s 42-10 home win over Idaho. The forecast for Saturday’s home game with Northern Colorado calls for a 30 percent chance of thunderstorms, with a high of 67 degrees.

Some other news and notes from practice:

–Sophomore center Rafe Kiely split reps with the No. 1 offense with junior starter Albert Perez. Redshirt freshman guard Chase Roullier took most of the snaps at left guard for senior Tyler Strong, who was in a red, no contact jersey. Perez and Strong are expected to start against Northern Colorado.

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