UW-Boise State postgame thoughts

The Wild Sam.

That’s what one of my colleagues called the running of redshirt freshman Sam Stratton as he played some at quarterback in UW’s 36-14 loss to No. 7 Boise State Saturday at Bronco Stadium in Boise, Idaho. Stratton was a quarterback in high school, and a good track athlete. He’s been the scout team quarterback in practice, along with being a back up receiver and holder on field goals and extra points.

No, true freshman quarterback Brett Smith didn’t get hurt. Nor did he do anything wrong. UW didn’t do much on offense in this game, and Stratton provided a bit of a spark, albeit mostly when the game was already decided.

And, I didn’t think it was a case that UW gave up so it just put Stratton in there. Sure, it’s wise not to subject Smith to too many hits, and this partly helped there. It’s another potential wrinkle UW can use, and teams will have to prepare for.

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UW-Boise State key to the game

Here is my No. 1 key for Wyoming to have a chance to upset No. 7 Boise State Saturday:

Sustain drives: The best way for Wyoming to slow down Boise State’s high-powered offense is for its own offense to possess the ball and finish drives with touchdowns. That will be a tall task as Boise State has the Mountain West’s top-ranked scoring and overall defense. But the Cowboys have no chance if their defense is on the field all day against the Broncos’ offense.

What do you think? I have four other keys for the Cowboys, and to see them read Saturday’s Wyoming Tribune Eagle and Laramie Boomerang.

Twice as nice for Smith

For the second time this season, Wyoming true freshman quarterback Brett Smith was named the Mountain West’s Offensive Player of the Week. Smith had 352 yards of total offense, ran for two touchdowns and threw for another in the Cowboys’ 31-10 win over New Mexico last Saturday.

“I don’t think anything surprises me any more,” said coach Dave Christensen during his Monday news conference about Smith. “I think we expect him to go out, compete and play well. He has every week. I think he still gets better and is still learning. I’m glad he’s our quarterback for the next three years after this one.”

For more on Smith, and what his teammates are saying, see Tuesday’s Wyoming Tribune Eagle and Laramie Boomerang. Also, check back to the blog tomorrow morning for what offensive coordinator Gregg Brandon has to say about both Smith, and Boise State.

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