Cowboys Finish 5-7 After 35-7 Loss To Utah State

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No bowl eligibility for Wyoming this year. Is this the end for Coach Christensen?

A dismal season ended on an appropriate note as Utah State cruised to a 35-7 victory over Wyoming. This leaves the Cowboys with a 5-7 (3-5) record.  This is the second straight year that Wyoming will miss out on a bowl game.  This also leaves a huge question mark on Dave Christensen's future in Laramie.  After five seasons his overall record now sits at 27-35.

Back to the game.  Despite the 28 point loss the defense played surprisingly well.  The main reasons for this loss was an ineffective offense and awful special teams play.  For a unit that has taken it's lumps, I want to make sure the defense gets some props.  They only allowed 310 yards, 20 first downs and forced two turnovers.  14 of the points they allowed were in part due to turnovers that gave the Aggies great field position.  The Cowboy defense only allowed two long scoring drives.

Special teams was a nightmare: allowing a punt return for a touchdown and a muffed punt return were the key errors.  Poor return coverage allowed Utah State to get great starting field position.  The rugby punting style also ended with several poor kicks.

The offense has been a bright spot this season.  Unfortunately, they struggled to move the ball against a stout Aggie defense.  Several players were on the verge of some impressive statistical barriers but came up just short.  Shaun Wick ran for 40 yards on 12 attempts and ended up at 979 yards on the season.  Robert Herron struggled with four catches for just eight yards.  That leaves him with 937 receiving yards on the year.  Dominic Rufran caught four passes for 91 yards and actually went ahead of Herron to finish with 960 yards on the year.  Smith's 60 yard strike to Rufran was the Pokes lone score and extended his Mountain West record of consecutive games with a touchdown.

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