Run game could be even more vital for Cowboys in finale

We all know that first-year Wyoming football coach Craig Bohl wants to be a run-first offense that is tough and physical.

At times UW has shown that, at other times it hasn’t gone according to plan. But if the Cowboys can do that in their season-finale Saturday at New Mexico, that will go a long way to help make up for what could be an inexperienced quarterback — and possibly end the season with a victory.

New Mexico has the nation’s fourth-best rushing offense, but it allows 278.1 rushing yards per game, and Colorado State’s Dee Hart ran for 230 yards and five touchdowns last week in the Rams’ 58-20 victory.

Rafe Kiely

Rafe Kiely

“It’s an exciting thought,” said UW junior center Rafe Kiely on the chance the Cowboys will try to run the ball even more against New Mexico. “We along the offensive line is much more physical this year, and take a lot more pride in our run blocking than in the past.

“This year there so much more of an emphasis on getting on guys and getting them to the ground. I know a lot of guys are licking their lips to go out (to New Mexico) and pound the ball on the ground.”

UW true freshman running back Brian Hill leads the Cowboys with six rushing touchdowns, and had two in last Saturday’s 63-14 home loss to Boise State. He had his string of three straight 100-yard games snapped against Boise State. Hill has 639 rushing yards, and trails junior Shaun Wick by 66 yards to take the team lead.

A lot of talk about the quarterback during Monday’s news conference with Bohl. Here’s what he had to say about that, and other questions from the media. I also liked what he said about senior quarterback Colby Kirkegaard has meant to the team this season:

Sophomore Tom Thornton said after the Boise State game he was confident in his knowledge of the offense if he was asked to start and lead the offense. He didn’t waiver from that when interviewed Monday. Here’s what he had to say:

And, we could see senior Sam Stratton at quarterback. He played his first true quarterback snaps at UW in the Boise State game. One of the emotional leaders of this team, Stratton enters this week with a good attitude — and a heck of a coat he got over the weekend. You got to check this out.

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