LARAMIE – Craig Bohl made a change to quarterback.
Wyoming head coach announced Tuesday that Levi Williams will be the starter when the Cowboys try to end a three-game losing streak against San Jose State on Saturday at CEFCU Stadium (2 p.m., FS2).
The Cowboys (4-3 overall, 0-3 Mountain West) scored just three points – on a 27-yard field goal from John Hoyland in the 14-3 loss to New Mexico last week – at the during the last 10 quarters.
“We are in rough water and we are looking for things to move this football agenda forward,” said Bohl.
Sean Chambers started UW’s first seven games, but in the conference’s three losses, he completed 40.5% of his passes for 350 yards (116.7 per game) with one touchdown, four interceptions and three escaped lost.
Williams hasn’t been much better off the bench over the past two weeks, finishing a combined 4 for 14 (28.6%) for 83 yards without a touchdown and an interception in the home loss to Fresno State (17- 0) and the Lobos.
According to coaches and players, the offensive struggles and ongoing competition at quarterback have not impacted the chemistry of the veteran squad at this point.
“It’s not like they don’t like each other outside of football or something,” senior wide receiver Ayden Eberhardt said of Chambers and Williams. “They are both great people and they are both capable of leading the team and leading the offense. They are good friends and they are able to talk about what they see on the pitch and help each other, to help each other learn different aspects of the game.
“It was really good to see them talking and helping each other.”
UW’s last touchdown was a 10-yard pass from Chambers to Isaiah Neyor with 15 seconds left in the second quarter at Air Force on Oct. 9.
Chambers helped the team off to a 4-0 start for the first time since 1996 with last-minute practices against Montana State and northern Illinois.
But the fourth-year junior is the MWC’s last in the passer standings (107.7) among eight quarterbacks who have started 75% or more of their team’s games. Chambers completed 50.6% of his passes this season for 1,100 yards (157.1 yards per game) with six touchdowns and seven interceptions.
“These two guys are contenders and winners,” right tackle Frank Crum said of the quarterbacks. “There was no jealousy or anything in the locker room. These guys just want to win and are trying to do whatever they can to help the team win.
After Chambers suffered a late-season injury in Game 1 of 2020, Williams completed 49.6% of his passes with one touchdown and three interceptions. The 6-foot-5 sophomore revealed after the 2-4 campaign that he has suffered a painful injury to his pitcher’s shoulder for the past five games.
At the 2019 Arizona Bowl, Williams showed his talent with 234 passing yards and three touchdowns. He also led the Pokes to a victory over their Border War rival this season after Chambers was eliminated through injury.
UW 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).
“It’s going to take a guy, or everyone, to come in and do something and just say we’re fed up with that feeling every Saturday and come out and get a win,” said Chambers after the New Mexico game.
This week, at least to begin with, the quarterback trying to lead the Pokes to victory will be Williams.