Wyoming Loses 17-0 to Fresno State
Cowboys get shut out
Wyoming’s offense was stopped.
Anemic offense, and costly turnovers, led to the Wyoming Cowboys losing 17-0 to conference foe Fresno State, Saturday afternoon at War Memorial Stadium.
This loss also extended the pokes scoreless drought to six consecutive quarters, a season high. While the defense did all that they could to handle a potent Fresno State offense, Wyoming’s own offense was getting into its own way.
The 17-0 final is a lot closer of a score than what it should have been. Fresno State receivers dropped multiple passes that should have resulted in big plays, only to hit the turf. Wyoming’s defense held Jake Haener, who just weeks ago was hailed as a hero for leading the upset against UCLA, to just 98 yards on 15 completions. No Bulldog rusher eclipsed the century mark either. Wyoming’s defense played tough and kept the game from turning into a blowout.
As good as the defense played, the offense seemed not be able to get out of their own way. After struggling to find any sort of offensive rhythm, quarterback Sean Chambers was benched in the fourth quarter following his third interception of the day. He would finish the day going 8 for 23, with 111 yards, and three interceptions. Chamber’s replacement, Levi Williams, didn’t fare too much better, completing just one pass for 32 yards and forcing yet another Wyoming interception, he did all of that on just seven attempts.
The most shocking part of the Cowboys offensive struggles might have been the offensive line. Once touted as one of the premiere lines in the conference at the beginning of the season, they have yet to establish any sort of physicality this season. Chambers and Williams were both rushed to make throws as there was constantly defenders in the backfield.
Wyoming’s offensive woes also fall into the running game, Xazavian Valladay, Wyoming’s explosive running back, has looked like a shell of his former self. Unable to breakaway for the long, galloping, rushes which had become routine for him. Today Valladay ended with just 35 yards on nine touches, not the type of performance that fans have grown accustomed to seeing from him.
Wyoming hasn’t looked like the same team that won four straight games to open the season. While both of the back to back losses the Cowboys have sustained in recent weeks have come against two of the premier teams in the conference, it is still hard to watch a team with so much potential not be able to execute.
Should Wyoming fans be ready to hit the panic button? I don’t think so, the Cowboys still have great players, and their early season success allowed them a little breathing room. The pokes will play 2-4 New Mexico next weekend in Laramie, and should allow for a slight breather from two really tough teams in consecutive weeks. I’m not sure what to do about the quarterback situation, will Bohl trust Chambers, or has he seem enough to tab Williams as the defacto starter? We’re should know the answer to that question soon, as for now the pokes will lick their wounds and get ready for the Lobos.