Wyoming Cowboy Football Conducts 70-Play Scrimmage In Casper



(Laramie, Wyoming) – Wyoming fans came out in force in Casper on Saturday to watch the first scrimmage of spring for the Cowboy football team.  The Cowboys made the little over two-hour drive to Casper on Saturday morning and scrimmaged for 70 plays at Cheney Alumni Field at Natrona County High School.

The scrimmage began with the Cowboy offense scoring on its first three possessions.  Junior quarterback Josh Allen led the Pokes on an opening drive that covered 65 yards in 11 plays capped off by a 40-yard field goal from sophomore place-kicker Cooper Rothe.

The Cowboy offense followed up that opening drive with an eight-play, 60-yard drive that ended with a 17-yard touchdown pass from Allen to junior wide receiver James Price.  On the third possession of the scrimmage, the offense was given the ball in a red-zone period starting at the defense’s nine-yard line.  On third down, Allen and Price connected on their second touchdown pass from five yards out.

The Cowboy defenders came back to assert themselves on the next three possessions.  The UW defense limited the offense to only 22 yards on a series that ended on downs and forced a three-and-out on the following series.

Allen (pictured meeting young Poke fans in Casper)  ended the day completing 11 of 19 passes (58 percent) for 133 yards and two touchdowns.  Price caught three passes for 29 yards and had two TD receptions, and junior wide receiver C.J. Johnson led the Cowboys with four receptions for 50 yards.  Back-up quarterback Nick Smith completed 6 of 10 passes (60 percent) for 45 yards.

Following the scrimmage, Wyoming head coach Craig Bohl got on the microphone to thank the Cowboy fans for coming and to thank Natrona County High School and its head coach Steve Harshman for hosting the event.  Bohl then met with media to give his assessment of the first extended scrimmage of 2017 spring drills.

“It was great for us to be here in Casper, and I know it was a special homecoming for a couple of our players,” said Bohl.  “As far as the scrimmage, it was a 70-play scrimmage.  Obviously there were some good things and some things we need to work on.

Saturday’s practice was the ninth of 15 spring practices.  The Cowboys will have the rest of the weekend off before returning to the practice field next Tuesday afternoon.  The next open scrimmage scheduled for Cowboy fans will be the Spring Game on Saturday, April 22 at 2 p.m. in War Memorial Stadium.