WyoSports senior editor Robert Gagliardi and editor Scott Nulph talk about the University of Wyoming’s upcoming game with Florida Atlantic at 2 p.m. Saturday, and looks back some at the Cowboys’ 48-14 loss at No. 2 Oregon last week.
The Cowboys will improve to 3-1 on the season with the a win Saturday. Florida Atlantic (1-2) won for the first time last week at home against Tulsa, 50-21.
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Easily the most dynamic players on the field for Saturday’s game between Wyoming and No. 17 Fresno State are the two quarterbacks.
UW junior Brett Smith and Fresno State senior Derek Carr are among the nation’s best at their position.
Carr is second nationally in total offense (389.9 ypg), passing yards (382.6 ypg) and touchdown passes (28). Smith is eighth in total offense (349.8 ypg), 14th in passing yards (295.9 ypg) and 14th in touchdown passes (19).
Both players have two of the nation’s top 17 efforts in terms of single-game total offense this season. Smith has the seventh-best and 17th best. Carr has the 14th and 15th best.
WyoSports senior editor Robert Gagliardi did a question-and-answer session with Chris Murray, who covers Nevada men’s basketball for the Reno Gazette-Journal.
Eight-seeded Wyoming (18-12 overall, 4-12 Mountain West) plays ninth-seeded Nevada (12-18, 3-13) at 6 p.m. today in the play-in game at the Mountain West Tournament at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas.
Question: How is the Wolf Pack in terms of its physical and mental states heading into the play-in game with Wyoming?
Answer: The Wolf Pack had a lull late in the year when it looked like it had given up on the season. That period included a 20-point loss at Wyoming and a 26-point loss at Boise State. The team is playing with much more vigor of late, but it has still dropped its past five games by double-digits. In recent seasons, the Wolf Pack’s energy has taken a nice step forward in conference tournament play, which is to be expected, and I think the same thing will happen this week. As far as injuries are concerned, starting wing play Jerry Evans Jr. (shooting wrist) missed the last game and is questionable, but I expect him to play.