Cowboys Beat Vandals 42-10, Other News And Notes

Troy Babbitt-USA TODAY Sports

Offense does plenty of work in just two quarters. Defense is dominant.

Final - 9.7.2013 1 2 3 4 Total
Idaho Vandals 0 0 0 10 10
Wyoming Cowboys 0 21 21 0 42

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It took awhile for the Wyoming offense to get going.  Once things clicked they rattled off 42 unanswered points in two quarters and broke several records in the process.  Brett Smith started the first quarter 1 of 10 for 11 yards in the first quarter.  He put that behind him and steadily moved up the record books after finishing the game 22 of 38 for 295 yards and four touchdown with just one interception.  On the ground he rushed six times for 64 yards.

With another stellar performance Smith is now scored the most touchdowns in Wyoming history.  He now sits at 72 and is two ahead of Casey Bramlet who now sits second. Smith is also now second in career passing touchdowns and fifth in career passing yard for UW..  It's crazy to think where he'll finish when this year is all said and done.

Here are a few other offensive highlights:

  • Shaun Wick runs for 110 yards and becomes the first Cowboys rusher with back to back 100 yard games since Devin Moore in 2008.  Wick is a much more powerful runner in 2013 and is now averaging 7.8 yards per carry this season. 
  • Robert Herron caught fives passes for 123 yards.  He had a great catch and run on his 48 yard reception.  He currently leads the Mountain West with 214 yards receiving.
  • Dominic Rufran had five catches for 61 yards with three touchdown receptions.  
  • Tanner Gentry had six catches for 76 yards.  He did have a couple holding penalties in the third quarter.
  • It was exciting to see senior Tedder Easton score his first career touchdown on a 13 yard run.  He's been in Laramie for a long time but has seen little playing time before this year.  He had a great fall camp and that hard work payed off.

The defense deserves a ton of credit for their performance.  They forced three and out after three out in the first quarter when the offense was struggling.  Then they kept the pressure up and only allowed scores in garbage time after most of the starters had been lifted.  Idaho only managed 344 yards of offense and 144 of that came on the last two drives against the second team.

Here are a few star performers:

  • Eddie Yarbrough is showing why coaches raved about him after he signed as a senior out of Aurora, CO.  He was honored as the Mountain West Defensive Player of the Week after recording nine tackles, three sacks, three TFL, a fumble recovery and a pass break up.
  • Lucas Wacha is a gamer.  The redshirt freshmen had a game high 11 tackles, a TFL and a fumble recovery.  He also had a great open field tackle to keep an Idaho fourth down attempt short. 
  • Adding to the sack total was Sonny Puletasi who had two sacks to go along with five tackles. 

It was great to see the Cowboys dominate on both sides of the ball.  Despite the slow start the offense fixed it's problems and put up impressive numbers.  The defense had it's best overall performance in years.  This really is a totally different team.  They are acting and playing like a team.  With the way the Mountain West is looking so far, the Pokes are going to be one of the more dangerous teams,


On Monday some of the excitement was tampered after a couple of news releases.  One has long term effects while the other is much more of a short term basis.

  • CB Tyran Finley is out for the year after undergoing surgery on Monday morning.  Finley was injured in the season opener against Nebraska and was on crutches this past week.  Christensen said they will apply for a medical redshirt in order to help him retain two years of eligibility.  Finley was named a starter after an impressive fall camp.  He was also a contributor in the return game. The secondary unit has played very well but this certainly hurts the depth and losing a starter is never a good thing. 
  • After two solid games WR Jalen Claiborne will miss this weeks game against Northern Colorado.  Claiborne was suspended for one game for what was described as a "violation of team standards".  Christensen commented that Claiborne will be back in week four to face Air Force.  Hopefully this is just a small lapse of judgement that occurred.  The Pokes have plenty of depth at WR and Northern Colorado is not a very tough opponent.  This first time there has been any problems with Claiborne since arriving in Laramie last summer.  Keenan Montgomery will get the start in his place.

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