Video: Gregg Brandon

Wyoming’s offensive coordinator talks about what’s good and what needs to be worked on as the Cowboys have their first of two bye weeks. Brandon also tells what he would like to do if he gets a little bit of free time. Sorry in advance for the lighting and quality of this video.

UW-Nebraska leftovers

Here are some notes and quotes that didn’t make the newspaper from Wyoming’s 38-14 loss to now No. 8 Nebraska Saturday night.

–True freshman quarterback Brett Smith described the loss as “devastating.” He also said Nebraska was the best and fastest team UW has played thus far (no-brainer there).

–Coach Dave Christensen on Smith: “For his fourth game against the ninth-ranked team in the country, I thought he did a fantastic job of managing the offense.”

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UW-Nebraska postgame news and notes

I thought Wyoming’s mistakes caused it more problems than Nebraska did, for the most part, in the Cowboys 38-14 loss.

Seven penalties, 20-plus missed tackles, a dropped TD pass by Ogbonna (or at least a long pass play), a missed field goal, failed fake punt.

Nebraska is good, and I really liked RB Rex Burkhead. Guy runs hard, man! Not sure, however if the Huskers are top 10 good.

UW players and coaches weren’t happy after the game, and true freshman quarterback Brett Smith said he hates losing more than anything. Good to hear he doesn’t like it.

But I didn’t think UW was over matched and out manned (that’s the basis of my column Sunday). At times it struggled, but this game was nothing like past beatdowns it took to top 10 teams like Texas, Boise State and TCU. To me that’s a little progress. Thoughts?

A few quick notes:

–Sophomore tight end Spencer Bruce, junior safety Kenny Browder and junior defensive lineman Miraldo Michel played in their first games of the season. Browder had a tackle.

–UW had one sack, and has had at least one in 10 straight games dating back to last season.

–Thought senior CB Tashaun Gipson had his best game of the season. Finished with five tackles, a tackle for loss, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery. The forced and recovered fumble came on one play.

Will post video later on Sunday from a few postgame interviews. See Sunday’s Wyoming Tribune Eagle and Laramie Boomerang for more coverage.

Browder to play vs. Nebraska

Wyoming junior safety Kenny Browder will play today vs. No. 9 Nebraska. Browder was suspended by coach Dave Christensen prior to the season-opener for a violation of team rules stemming from alleged DUI charges in Laramie.

I was told Browder “could play a lot” today by a UW official, but he isn’t expected to start.

Browder was the projected starter at free safety, and held that role through spring drills and fall camp prior to his suspension. For a defense that’s allowed 287.7 passing yards per game and has struggled in the secondary at times, Browder could be a key addition.

Some other quick hits:

–Just asked Brian Rosenthal from the Lincoln Journal-Star if he thought Nebraska senior defensive tackle Jared Crick would play today. He said he “didn’t think so.” Crick is arguable one of the best defensive linemen in the country.

–Freshman cornerback Blair Burns’ two interceptions and fumble recovery last week at Bowling Green earned him Honorable Mention honors from Collegefootballperformance.com.

–Senior defensive end Josh Biezuns was the Co-Defensive Player of the Week in the Mountain West, and also the league’s Defensive Player of the Week by College Sports Madness.

–UW is 1-14 against Big Ten Conference teams. The lone win came at Wisconsin on Sept. 27, 1986, which ironically was the last time it played a Big Ten team.

–Senior defensive lineman Gabe Knapton is three tackles from tying former linebacker Brian Brown (1996-98) for 10th place in career tackles. Knapton has 300 tackles, one of only 11 players in school history to have 300 or more tackles in a career.

–Junior running back Alvester Alexander is one touchdown shy of a tie for fifth place with Marques Brigham (1995-98) in career rushing touchdowns. Alexander has 24 TDs, and has had at least one in the last seven games dating back to last season.

–Nebraska is the winningest college football team since 1970 with 406 wins, and is the only team with more than 400 wins during that time.

–I have always been a guy who gets to games early, but this is an all-time record as I got here about four hours prior to kickoff. Yes, I’m a dork! LOL

–Lots of Red around War Memorial Stadium right now in terms of Nebraska fans, but a quick glance I see a lot more Brown and Gold.

Hope you will join me for the live blog that starts in three hours — just reinforcing that I’m a dork for getting to games early. Check back to the top of the blog for the link.

UW-Nebraska key to the game

My biggest key for Wyoming to have success (and possibly pull off the upset) against No. 9 Nebraska Saturday:

Martinez watch: Wyoming won’t stop Nebraska sophomore quarterback Taylor Martinez completely, but it can’t allow him to go crazy. Especially running the football as he’s the team leader in rushing yards (384) and rushing touchdowns (six). The Cowboys also need to be wary of the play-action pass as the Cornhuskers have shown they have big-play capabilities through the air.

Thoughts, or any other keys to the game?

I have four more, but you need to read Saturday’s Wyoming Tribune Eagle and Laramie Boomerang to find out what they are.