First time for a video interview with Wyoming’s senior punter this season. McCoy’s had a solid career. He also looks back at the windy game at Air Force.
Some quotes from Wyoming players and coaches after the Cowboys’ 25-17 win over Air Force last Saturday.
“I swear I’ve never played in in something like that.” — true freshman quarterback Brett Smith on the winds that gusted upwards to 60 miles per hour.
“Who gives a crap. We’re going to show up and play whoever’s on the schedule. That’s for bettors and I bet on my guys to win every week. We don’t care what the odds-makers pick.” — coach Dave Christensen when asked if he knew UW was a 16-point underdog against Air Force.
Where to start?
Got to be impressed with Wyoming’s 25-17 win, which snaps a five-game losing streak to the Falcons and improves the Cowboys’ record to 6-3 overall and 3-1 in the Mountain West.
UW is tied for second place in the MW with Boise State (how about that home loss to TCU today?)
Got to give it to the defense. Sure, it gave up 312 rushing yards, but it also allowed minus-1 yard passing. That’s unheard of, even for option-oriented offenses like Air Force. UW knocked Air Force starting quarterback Tim Jefferson out of the game after the first series, and senior Connor Dietz was never a throwing threat, although he ran it well for a team-high 85 yards.
Jones seems to be happy with his move from defensive end to linebacker. Even though this is his first game against Air Force, he’s seen the Falcons’ option-oriented offense.
Here’s what I think is the most important aspect of the football game for Wyoming when it plays at Air Force Saturday:
Disciplined defense: You hear it all the time when a defense faces an option-oriented offense like Air Force, and it’s true. All 11 players have to be spot-on with their assignments so the Falcons don’t run roughshod. And, don’t forget about the pass, senior quarterback Tim Jefferson is an effective thrower, so the Cowboys have to be disciplined and adjust fast on the play-action pass.
Agree? Disagree? See my other four keys in Saturday’s Wyoming Tribune Eagle and Laramie Boomerang.
The Buffalo native and Wyoming senior offensive tackle talks about what it would mean to beat Air Force for the first time in his career, and what it’s like to try and block the Falcons.
With all the talk surrounding Air Force leaving the Mountain West for the Big East in football only, who knows if Saturday will be the last time Wyoming plays the Falcons (I still think Air Force stays in the MW).
But if it is the last time, I talked to some former Air Force players about what it means to them to play Wyoming.
The Wyoming junior safety is one of the most personable players to talk to on the team. Here what he has to say on the team’s tackling issues.
Because of the news surrounding former Penn State coach Joe Paterno, my weekly segment talking about University of Wyoming football on Mad Dog Radio with Dino Costa on SiriusXM (channel 86) will be held at 7 p.m. MST Friday. Normally, the segment is at 8 p.m. on Thursday.
Been doing this segment since the season started, and it’s a blast. Dino has adopted Wyoming as his favorite college football team and is a big Cowboys fan.
We will take your calls at 888-623-3646 if you want to comment or ask questions. We’ve been getting calls the last few weeks, so call in and join the fun.
Dino’s show is great throughout the week, so be sure to listen.
Frank Schwab covers Air Force athletics for the Gazette in Colorado Springs, and has graciously agreed to do our Q&A swap this week leading up to Saturday’s Air Force-Wyoming game.
First up are my questions for Frank and his answers, followed by his questions and my answers.
As always, would love your feedback and some of this could be talking points for our weekly live chat at 3 p.m. Thursday. See the home page of the blog for the link to the chat.