LARAMIE – This season has ruined Craig Bohl.
Maybe the Spartans will have the horns.
The Wyoming head coach is looking for answers as his team try to come back to the season after suffering three straight losses in the game against San Jose State on Saturday at CEFCU Stadium (2 p.m., FS2).
“I can tell you what, I’m trying like a steer to find a way to win a goddamn game here,” Bohl said at his press conference on Monday. “We’re going to watch whatever we can, but that puzzles me. I hope the ship will be repaired this week.
Bohl’s response came after he was asked if real freshmen, who can play up to four games without losing a year of eligibility, might be able to trigger the offense.
The Cowboys (4-3 overall, 0-3 Mountain West) scored just three points – thanks to a 27-yard field goal from John Hoyland in Saturday’s 14-3 loss to New Mexico – in the during the last 10 quarters.
UW’s offense is packed with experienced players in almost every position, which makes this insurmountable scoring crisis even more frustrating.
“It’s one of the things that disappoints me deeply,” said Bohl. “We are 4-3 with a senior and veteran football team. I would expect us to be further ahead than we are.
Sean Chambers and Levi Williams both struggled after competing for the starting spot last week in practice and splitting the time in the loss to the Lobos (3-5, 1-3).
Bohl plans to announce whether Chambers or Williams will start against defending MWC Champion Spartans (4-4, 2-2) this week after speaking with the players instead of making a decision during the game.
“I understand that’s a point that needs to be emphasized, and I understand it,” Bohl said of the spotlight on the quarterback’s situation. “It’s a team game, and there are a lot of guys who win and lose.”
Bohl was happy with the Pokes’ defensive performance, but also said he believed they would need to keep New Mexico down to seven points to win.
It’s a scathing indictment against the unit of Tim Polasek, who ranks 106th for scorers (22.1 points per game), 77th for rushing yards (153.1 yards per game), 114th for passing yards (169.0 yards per game) and 116th for total yards (322.1 yards per game).
When asked about his influence on the game, Bohl explained his approach to working with his first-year offensive coordinator since.
“He’s the guy who stays up until 3 a.m. and looks at every movie clip and every data point,” Bohl said. “Sure, I have some input, and I had some input with Tim during the game (from New Mexico). But you just can’t get into a beat if you have someone chatting. in your ear: “Perform this, perform that.”
Bohl said he makes suggestions to Polasek between sets. Chambers was benched in the second quarter and Williams was benched in the fourth quarter during the QB’s dizzying reshuffle last week.
“Tim and I have a great relationship. It’s a long story. Tim is not happy either, ”continued Bohl. “We see where we are. I would say this, if I’m going to start micromanaging the offensive coordinator, then I have to be the offensive coordinator. I don’t think that’s what’s best for me, I don’t think it’s best for our schedule, and I’m confident we’re going to make some progress this week.
Training roomThe Cowboys haven’t had many major injuries this season, but starting defensive tackle Ravontae Holt will be missing the rest of the season, according to Bohl.
Holt, who did not play against Fresno State or New Mexico after leaving the field at the start of the Air Force game, suffered three ACL tears during his career. Bohl has not revealed the nature of the senior in Sacramento’s latest physical setback.
Starting tight end Treyton Welch, who suffered a lower leg contusion against the Lobos, is expected to play against San Jose State.
NotableBohl noted that take-out will be the key to getting back on track. UW had a plus-five margin for turnover when it started 4-0 and returned the ball more than seven times without creating a turnover in the 0-3 start of the MWC game.
The Cowboys expect to see Nick Nash, who had 213 passing yards and a career-high 121 rushing yards in San Jose State’s 27-20 win at UNLV, starting with the quarterback. Nick Starkel has missed the last four games with a shoulder injury after leading the Spartans to the 2020 conference title.…
San Jose State opened as a 3-point favorite against UW.
“I can say it was a really disappointing loss and perhaps one of the most disappointing losses we’ve had at home since I’ve been our head coach,” Bohl said of the loss to Les Lobos, who scored 20 points. outsiders. “But it’s a game. We must learn from it. “