Comments from Craig Bohl after Cowboy football drop their third straight game

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October 24, 2021 — Saturday was another frustrating day for Wyoming Cowboy football coaches, players, and fans as the Pokes dropped their third straight game, 14-3, to New Mexico Saturday in Laramie. In addition, the Cowboy offensive woes continued as for the second straight game; they failed to score a touchdown and have now not been in the end.

The loss dropped Wyoming’s record to 0-3 in the Mountain West and 4-3 overall. New Mexico stopped a five-game losing streak with the win and improved to 1-3 in the Mountain West and 3-5 overall. Wyoming will travel to San Jose State next Saturday. Yesterday the Spartans defeated UNLV 27-20 to even their Mountain West record at 2-2 and 4-4 on the year. Next Saturday’s game will be broadcast on WyoRadio’s 99.7 JACK-FM and 99KSIT.com, beginning at 12:30 with kickoff at 2 p.m.

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Here are some comments from Wyoming Head Coach Craig Bohl after Saturday’s contest:

“We’ve got to improve in a lot of areas of our football team, specifically offensively. When we are scoring the number of points we are scoring, we aren’t going to win any football games off of that. I think there’s a couple of things that we are doing well but obviously; we aren’t doing nearly enough things well.” The Wyoming offense generated just 255 yards (108 passing and 147 passing). They also lost two fumbles with one pass interception. New Mexico had no turnovers.

“We tried two quarterbacks during the game. At times I think we ran the football well. We didn’t bring down some contested balls. We overthrew some open deep players. It’s discouraging.” Starting quarterback Sean Chambers was 11/23 passing for 96 yards and one interception. He also ran the ball for 21 yards on ten carries. Quarterback Levi Williams was 3/7 for 51 yards. Xazavian Valladay led the Pokes in rushing with 41 yards on 14 carries.

“My job as a head football coach is to rally these guys. We are going to regroup. We have a big game in San Jose this next week. We are also 4-3, and I reminded our football team of that. We need to band together. We’ve got to learn from this. We are frustrated. You can sense my frustration, but we have to get better.” Wyoming is currently at the bottom of the Mountain West Mountain Division standings at 0-3. The Cowboys were a pre-season pick to finish second to Boise State, struggling with a 1-2 conference mark (3-4 on the season). Utah State leads the division with a 3-1 record (5-2 overall).

“I think there were some things we did OK on defense. We need to generate some offense. The identity (on offense) is not clear, and it has to get clear.” The Cowboy defense just 259 total yards in the game (147 rushing/112 passing). Wyoming’s defense was led by linebackers Easton Gibbs and Chad Muma.  Gibbs was credited with 11 tackles on the day, including eight solo tackles.  Muma had ten tackles, including 1.0 tackle for a loss of three yards.

“It’s been really challenging to me as a head football coach, and I’ve tried to connect with our team to let them know how important it is to play clean. We have to play more disciplined and cleaner football. I don’t believe we have a takeaway in the last two games in a row.  We keep on chasing the turnover margin, and that’s a bad formula for us.”

“There’s nobody in that locker room who’s not trying.  I don’t question the effort.  We need to get a better plan, and we have to execute a better plan.

“I’ll look at the tape, and I understand we have to get better, and that’s my job as a coach to figure out what buttons to press to get us better.

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