Wyoming may have lost today 34-31 to Toledo. But that isn't really the big concern right now. Late in the fourth quarter Wyoming QB Brett Smith was tackled at the sideline when he suffered a late hit by Chris Dukes. Smith lay motionless for several minutes. He left the field via ambulance, first h was strapped to a stretcher and kept his helmet on. Smith did give a thumbs up before being put into the ambulance. Here is a picture of that hit.
There are so many questions right now. No idea what Smith's condition is, or how long he will be out. Never want to see an injury like that occur to anyone. Wyoming's season really depends on how far Smith can take them. He may not be available for awhile. After the game Coach Christensen said that Smith was alert and talking. He is being examined at the hospital. Wish him the best and hope that there was not a serious injury.
The Wyoming offense showed plenty of big plays today. Unfortunately turnovers and penalties ruined what could have been a big win. The Toledo Rockets came to play and showed no issues in making the trip to Laramie. Terrance Owens usually splits the QB position with Austin Dantin. Instead Owens flew solo and made the Cowboys pay with his arms and his legs.
The these two teams were fairly evenly matched coming into the game and that is how things played out. When you turnover the ball three times and kill yourself with penalties, you don't win many football games. Wyoming jumped out to a 14-3 lead in the first quarter. Brett Smith was firing on all cylinders. He hit Dominic Rufran on a 38 yard touchdown pass on the opening drive and later found Jalen Claiborne from 19 yards out. It could have been more but Trey Norman dropped a pass in his hands and had no one around him.
In the second quarter Terrance Owens took over and helped make the most of Cowboy turnovers. Toledo outscored Wyoming 14-3 in the second quarter. Still Wyoming led 20-17 thanks to a late field goal before the half. Owens finished with 300 yard passing and four touchdowns, he also ran for 74 yards. Bernard Reedy caught six passes for 111 yards and two scores. David Fluellen ran for 109 yards and picked up several big first downs to keep drives alive.
In second half Wyoming shot itself in the foot further with an interception and a fumble. The offensive put up some solid yards but they weren't always timely. The Cowboys only converted 3 of 12 third attempts. They also lost the time of possession battle 35:29 to 24:31. Toledo was 9 of 19 on third down and was able to go on very long scoring drives. The Cowboy defense never had any huge plays and allowed 504 yards. If wasn't for two missed Toledo Field goals this would have been a much bigger loss. Wyoming had seven penalties for 76 yards and they seemed to come at the worst time.
Blair Burns had a couple opportunities for interceptions but wasn't able to hold on. On the day Smith was 20 of 28 for 339 yards passing with a pair of touchdowns and interceptions. He also added 62 yards rushing. DJ May led the team with 64 rushing yards. He was the only running back that was consistent today. Brandon Miller struggled except for a 25 yard run. Shaun Wick had 27 yards on four carries but also had a crucial fumble.
Dominic Rufan caught three passes for 102 yards and Jalen Claiborne caught four balls for 61 yards. Chris McNeill looked to be back in shape with six catches for 77 yards. He also three a three yard touchdown throw to Riley Lange on a trick play. Wyoming had the ball with a chance to tie or win the game in the final minute. Colby Kirkegaard was unable to get the offense going and Wyoming turned the ball over on downs.
Really just an all around crappy day for Wyoming. Losing a close game that was given away and then the injury to Smith leaves me in a somber mood. We're used to coming out on top in close games, I don't like this feeling.