UW-Texas State postgame notes/quotes

True freshman quarterback Brett Smith said he runs “angry.”

Junior running back Alvester Alexander said he often tells Smith to throw him the ball anyway, even if he’s not open. Alexander was open on a 48-yard pass play in the second half.

Coach Dave Christensen said because he’s “grumpy” he won’t allow his team to be distracted going on the road for the first time next week at Bowling Green.

But for now it was all smiles after UW beat Texas State 45-10 Saturday at War Memorial Stadium.

Some quick notes:

–Alexander’s 1-yard TD run in the first quarter extended his streak to six where he’s had at least one rushing touchdown in a game.

–Junior Korey Jones’ three sacks — on three consecutive plays in the second quarter — tied for the most in a single game in school history.

–The 45 points was the most since Christensen became the coach in 2009.

–Christensen described going for it on fourth-and-2 at the Texas State 15 late in the first quarter as both “stupid” and “selfish.” Said he wanted a touchdown, and it wasn’t because of a lack of confidence in true freshman kicker Daniel Sullivan.

–UW was 3 of 14 on third downs against Weber State last week. It was 11 of 16 against Texas State.

Will post video interviews from the post game soon. See Sunday’s Wyoming Tribune Eagle and Laramie Boomerang for more coverage.

UW-Texas State what to watch for

My No. 1 item for Wyoming to have success Saturday against Texas State:

Defensive improvement: The Cowboys have to play better at all 11 positions. Fans are already losing patience with this unit after giving up 541 yards last week to Weber State. A particular area of interest will be in the secondary.

For more keys to the game, and how playing Texas State means more to UW junior safety Luke Anderson more than just a game, see Saturday’s Wyoming Tribune Eagle and Laramie Boomerang. Also check back to the blog Saturday morning for a video interview with Anderson.

Also wanted to get your thoughts on what Weber State football coach Ron McBride said about UW as he prepares his team to play Utah State Saturday. Remember, UW and Utah State play each other Oct. 8 in Logan, Utah. Here’s the link to the story.

http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/blogsususports/52539197-55/state-wyoming-lot-mcbride.html.csp

Video: Alvester Alexander

Find out what Wyoming junior running back Alvester Alexander had to say about a possible new role for himself and other running backs this season. For more on that story, see today’s Wyoming Tribune Eagle and Laramie Boomerang.

Monday’s football quick hits

Some highlights from Monday’s news conference with Wyoming football coach Dave Christensen and interviews with players:

–The defense garnered most of the attention after giving up 541 yards and 32 points against Weber State. There was a 5-minute players only meeting Sunday, and defensive coordinator Marty English described the defensive effort as “embarrassing.” Christensen said the schemes were good, but the execution wasn’t.

–UW will face a Texas State team Saturday — another FCS foe — that runs a pistol/option offense similar to Nevada. That means the Cowboys will have to be more assignment oriented on defense.

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