LARAMIE – The Cowboys are not divided.
At least not yet.
That was the sentiment of head coach Craig Bohl after another brutal offensive performance and solid defense effort in Wyoming’s 14-3 loss to New Mexico on Saturday at War Memorial Stadium.
“We don’t have a broken locker room,” Bohl said after the team’s third straight loss to open the Mountain West game. “It’s going to be important, even if every loss makes it a little more difficult. It was my message to the team. We have to regroup, we have a lot of football left.
“We have some good guys in this dressing room who can play better.”
The Cowboys (4-3, 0-3) have two quarterbacks that played into the fiasco witnessed by a crowd of 20,133 who saw their return parade rained down due to the home team’s inability to score touchdowns.
Sean Chambers started the game, was benched in the second quarter and sent back on fire at the end of the fourth quarter.
It didn’t seem to suit the struggling captain, who finished 11 for 23 for 96 yards and an interception that led to New Mexico’s first offensive touchdown since Oct. 2.
“It’s tough, but I got into this situation,” Chambers said of the hook after starting 1 on 4 for 4 yards and pick. “So I have to get out of this situation. “
Williams, who was 3-for-7 for 51 yards, was puzzled with his bench following Isaiah Neyor’s fumble with 13:57 remaining.
“It was frustrating because I felt like I executed pretty well,” said Williams.
Williams connected with Neyor for a 38-yard pass in the second quarter. The play would have been a 49-yard touchdown, but Neyor jumped into the air for the ball believing the defender was on his hip and unable to keep his balance after the capture.
UW settled for a 27-yard field goal from John Hoyland after a false start penalty and a miss at thirds and 9s from New Mexico 10.
“It was extremely frustrating, and there aren’t a lot of calls you can make in a third, long-lasting situation that really works,” said Williams. “Credit New Mexico, they did a good job. But in the end we lost this game.
Neither quarterback seems interested in the rotation going forward. Bohl said he would assess the situation again this week as the Cowboys prepare for a road game at San Jose State.
“I wouldn’t say it’s impossible, but it’s difficult,” Williams said of the snapshot split with Chambers. “I feel like it’s hard on the guys too. They don’t know who’s coming in, what’s going on. Yeah, it’s hard.
When asked if he thought the battle with Chambers was really an open competition that he could still win, Williams said:
“I have a lot of questions after today’s game. So we’ll see. “