Wyoming Cowboys quarterbacks aren’t the only ones struggling at War Memorial Stadium | national


LARAMIE – It was a frustrating quarterback day at War Memorial Stadium.

And not just Sean Chambers and Levi Williams from Wyoming.

The Cowboys defense made things uncomfortable for Fresno State star Jake Haener, who finished 15 for 28 (53.6%) for 96 yards with two touchdowns in UW’s 17-0 loss.

Haener had completed 69.5% of his throws and averaged 372 passing yards before the game. His two touchdown passes and all Bulldogs’ points were established by shortfields after Chambers turnovers.

However, the Pokes were not pointing fingers after UW was first kicked out in 11 years.

“I think we’ve been very resilient in the way we play,” said defensive end Garrett Crall. “At the end of the day, I love these guys on defense and I told them that during the game.

“I was like, ‘Hey, I love you guys. Keep fighting, keep clawing, do your job every time and do what we can.

The Cowboys (4-3, 0-2 Mountain West Conference) will try to return to the winning track against New Mexico on Saturday at War Memorial Stadium (1:30 p.m., Stadium).

Crall and Co. will face an offense that struggles even harder than the UW unit.

The Lobos (2-5, 0-3) are 117th rushing (98.6 yards per game), 120th passing (154.4 yards per game), 130th overall for yards (253.0 yards per game) and tied with Arizona for the last score (14.0 points). per game) in the 130-team FBS.

New Mexico generated just 76 total yards in the 36-7 home loss to Colorado State last week.

The UW defense, which kept the Air Force at 3.3 yards per rushing attempt in the 24-14 loss when the Cowboys were held scoreless in the second half at Falcon Stadium, is 48th in points allowed (22.3 points per game) and 29th in allowed yards (319.8 yards per game).

“This league will challenge us with everything we have. It’s important, it’s imperative that we stand together, ”said UW head coach Craig Bohl, when asked about Crall’s post-game comments crushing any idea of ​​a divided dressing room. “At no time did I hear any grunts or pointing. During that game, when we continued to return the ball, our defenders just picked up their helmets and ran out and played.

“But it was the same feeling we had when we were struggling to stop northern Illinois. Our offensive guys weren’t critical. They were like, ‘We just need to score one more touchdown.’ “

New Mexico quarterback Terry Wilson, a transfer graduate from Kentucky, was unavailable for the CSU game due to an injury after passing 58% of his passes for 1,058 yards with seven touchdowns and four interceptions in the first six games.

Freshman CJ Montes was 3-for-19 for 11 yards with two interceptions in his first college start against the Rams.

“We’re going to play against whoever is out there,” Bohl said. “We certainly hope Wilson can come back in due course when he’s healthy, because I think he’s a great player.”

New Mexico head coach Danny Gonzales was hopeful Wilson could return to training this week and start against UW.

“We have to work things out offensively to even be competitive,” Gonzales said. “So we have to do something to give them a chance, basically, to find better mirrors until we can establish something on offense.”

Chambers and Williams are competing for the starting position this week after finishing a combined 9 for 30 for 143 yards and four interceptions in the loss to Fresno State.

The Cowboys rank 72nd for rushing (160.7 yards per game), 110th for passing (172.7 yards per game), 112th for total yards (333.3) and 90th for scorers (25 , 3 points per game).

“This week we will be assessing the quarterback position,” said Bohl. “Whoever we think at the end of the week gives us the best chance of winning will be the one who starts the game. But we have to improve ourselves in this position.

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