A day of extremes for Cowboys

It was a day-night doubleheader of men’s basketball and football in Laramie Saturday for Wyoming, and the outcome of both was like a night-and-day contrast.

Let’s start with the good.

The Cowboys were impressive in a 56-33 victory over Colorado in hoops. UW (3-0) held Colorado (2-1) to nine second-half points and to only two baskets. The offense was unselfish, and I don’t think I’ve ever covered a game where there were assists on all 22 baskets.

And, this wasn’t against some no-name team. Colorado was ranked 27th in the AP poll last week and was picked to finish third in the Pac-12.

And, the lob pass junior guard Josh Adams threw to senior forward Larry Nance Jr. was pretty cool, and earned the top play on ESPN SportCenter’s top 10 plays Saturday night.

“Sigh of relief. It was awesome and it felt great just to be back up there,” Nance said of the dunk.

Here’ what the players and coach Larry Shyatt said after the game:

The crowd of 9,066 was electric. There is a lot of changes with the newly renovated Arena-Auditorium, but one things remains the same — it gets loud when there is a good crowd there.

Speaking of the new A-A, check out wyosports.net and this blog Monday for a cool video tour of renovated arena.

Now, the bad.

The football team was dreadful in a 63-14 home loss to Boise State in the cold and wind at War Memorial Stadium.

Tough to draw any positives from the game, other than it’s over. UW did little right, and Boise did little wrong. Even if the Cowboys had their full compliment of players and were on their game, I don’t think they would have beat the Broncos. UW is still a long way from being competitive — let alone beating — the best in the Mountain West.

Hated to see senior quarterback Colby Kirkegaard go down with a severely sprained ankle late in the first half. Kirkegaard showed a lot of toughness, determination and guts this season and in his career to stick it out at UW. He was easily an above-average quarterback, although most fans would disagree with that. He deserved to go out with a better finish.

The big questions now are who will quarterback the team at New Mexico Saturday, and will UW be motivated to play the game after coach Craig Bohl said the Boise State game was “a step back” in the development and progresss of the program.

Here is Bohl after the game:

As injuries mount and a long season comes to an end, do you think UW will show up and play well at New Mexico Saturday? And, who would you like to see play quarterback?

Sophomore Tom Thornton and senior Sam Stratton saw time after Kirkegaard left. Thornton threw a pick-six in the third quarter, but moved around the pocket well. Stratton showed hustle and led the team on a short scoring drive after the defense recovered a fumble.

Here is Thornton after the game:

Was nice to see senior receiver Dominic Rufran set the UW record with 48 consecutive games with at least one catch. He had only three catches for 19 yards, but dropped what likely would have been a long touchdown in the first half on a nice pass by Kirkegaard. UW didn’t get much going in the passing game with 147 yards, but maybe if it would have hit that long one it would have helped soften the Boise State defense up a bit.

UW has had a few drops this season some long throws. Still, Rufran has shown to be one of another greats in a long line of UW receivers. Here is Rufran after the game:

For more UW football and basketball coverage, see Monday’s Wyoming Tribune Eagle, and log on to wyosports.net for complete coverage of Saturday’s doubleheader. There is much more to come this week as men’s basketball plays three home games, starting Monday vs. Florida A&M. The women’s basketball team plays at home Tuesday, and there will be plenty of football talk this week.