Wyoming Drops Third Straight Game

Wyoming Drops Third Straight Game

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Wyoming Drops Third Straight Game

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The Wyoming Cowboy football team lost their third straight game of the season on Saturday, in a demoralizing loss against conference foe New Mexico.

The Cowboys are a far cry from the team that went 4-0 to start the season. A start to the season that saw wins against perennial powerhouses like UConn, Ball State, Northern Illinois, and Montana State. That early season momentum has been halted entering conference play, losing the past three conference games to Air Force, Fresno State, and now, most recently, New Mexico.

Wyoming set the tone of the game early on, forcing a New Mexico punt that was the beginning of many mistakes that Wyoming would commit in the game.

The initial punt by Aaron Rodriguez sailed out of the endzone, which would have set the Wyoming offense at the New Mexico 25 yard line. Instead, thanks to an offsides penalty against the pokes, the punt was re-kicked, this time pinning the Cowboys at the New Mexico 14 yard line.

Wyoming then took the ball and went for an 11 play, 45 yard drive that ended in yet another Sean Chambers interception, his sixth on the season.

Wyoming’s offensive woes didn’t end after that initial drive, with every offensive possession, with the exception of a lone second quarter field goal, resulting in either a punt or turnover.

The Lobos did all the offensive damage that they needed in the first half of the game. In the first quarter quarterback Isaiah Chavez found Trace Bruckler on fourth down for a 43 yard touchdown on a blown defensive play by the Cowboys.

The Lobos would score their second touchdown of the game in the waning seconds of the first half, when running back Aaron Dumas punched it in from two yards out to take a 14-3 lead into the half, a lead that they would hold onto for the rest of the game.

If there’s one thing that can be said about the Wyoming play today, it would be inconsistency. Penalties seem to kill this team, with any offensive drive stifled by yellow flags on the ground.

On the Cowboys lone scoring drive of the day, Isaiah Neyor caught a beautifully thrown Levi Williams pass for 38 yards and had an open field to the endzone, but tripped and fell at the 11 yard line. It’s mistakes like this that plagued the team for all four quarters, never able to find that elusive offensive rhythm they have been trying to find for multiple weeks now.

For the past three weeks the Cowboys have been in an offensive rut, the defense has held games to reasonable limits, the score has never felt like the game wasn’t within reach, the only problem is with this current offense 14 points might as well be 100.

Fans thought that the problems were stemming from bad quarterback play, but neither Chambers or Williams could change the offense. The problems seem to be much deeper than just the quarterback, and the competition is only going to get better as the season goes on. Hopefully things can change by next week when the Cowboys travel to San Jose to take on the SJSU Spartans in yet another redemption game for the pokes.

 

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