History was made in the 102nd Border War football game between Wyoming and Colorado State.
And fortunately for UW it was all good.
The Cowboys won 44-0 for their most lopsided win in the series. It was its first shutout since their 24-0 Border War win in 2006. It was the most points scored in coach Dave Christensen’s two seasons, and most points in a regulation game since Sept. 4, 2004.
And, it was UW’s first back-to-back wins in the Border War since 1991-92.
Those things help erase some of the bad memories of what was a 3-9 season.
Other than a missed extra point and a couple of early drives on offense, UW was flawless. It threw for 267 yards, ran for 212 and held CSU to 162 yards.
Sophomore running back Alvester Alexander ran for 147 yards and a school-record five touchdowns. It was the hardest he ran all season. CSU did a horrible job of tackling Alexander, and many other players the entire game.
Alexander also broke the school record for touchdowns in a season with 14. The guy really ran well near the end of the season.
The defense recorded six sacks. It had 14 in its first 11 games.
That may be the most shocking statistic of them all. But it wasn’t like true freshman quarterback Pete Thomas was under constant pressure. At times he was, but UW’s linebackers and defensive backs didn’t allow many open receivers for Thomas.
I liked what junior receiver Mazi Ogbonna did in the game. He has five catches for 65 yards. He did a lot of damage on short passes and running after the catch. Ogbonna was expected to give UW speed and a deep threat when he came in from junior college this season. There weren’t any deep passes, but he did show me some speed and skill.
Where was that all season?
See my column in Sunday’s Wyoming Tribune Eagle www.wyomingnews.com and Laramie Boomerang www.laramieboomerang.com for more on that.
Junior defensive back Tashaun Gipson recorded his team-best third interception. He was playing cornerback at the time, but also played some at safety for sophomore Shamiel Gary, who was in uniform but didn’t play. Gary returned to Laramie Monday after a death in his family and practiced. Coach Dave Christensen said he wasn’t mentally ready to play, but expects Gary to be fine and back next season.
Didn’t get to talk to sophomore quarterback Austyn Carta-Samuels. There was a delay doing player interviews as a fire alarm went off in the weight room of the Rochelle Athletics Center. He was gone by the time we got to getting players out for interviews. Nice to see him play well. He was 23 of 32 for 267 yards, and ran for 46 yards and a touchdown.
It was his best game since he threw for 319 yards and three touchdowns in the season-opener against Southern Utah, and the most passing yards since that game. Carta-Samuels needed a game like this.
Good way for UW to end the season. Coaches will hit the road Sunday to recruit. Winter conditioning starts in January and spring ball in March.