The Wyoming Cowboys worst nightmare pretty much happened on Saturday night. Coming off a big win last week against Air Force the Pokes were looking great. The trip to San Marcos, TX had been considered a trap game by many. Homecoming of sorts for many players from Texas, an upcoming bye week and the final non-conference game. Plus facing an opponent with a very strong defense.
Texas State scored on their first drive of the game and Wyoming answered back early in the second quarter. That 7-7 tie stood for a very long time thanks to a weather delay that lasted 3 hours and 28 minutes. Go ahead and press play on this video now.
Lightning and heavy rains rocked San Marcos and left the turf at Bobcat Stadium saturated. Wyoming dealt with a cramped and uncomfortable visitors locker room for longer than a usual football game lasts. Meanwhile Texas State was able to enjoy their home locker room that is going to provide way more room to stretch out and relax.
Once the weather finally cleared enough both teams took the field. Wyoming had the ball and was able to answer right away with Brandon Miller's second touchdown run of the game. Unfortunately Texas State put together a quick answer and scored with 29 seconds remaining in the first half. So after fives hours the score was tied 14-14 and the Cowboys were tired. From there on out it was pretty much all Texas State as they scored 28 unanswered points.
The Bobcats were led by highly rated freshmen QB Tyler Jones who made his debut. Jones was 14 for 18 for 196 yards and a touchdown, he also rushed for 56 yards. The quarterback play had been subpar al yearl for Texas State up until this game. With his ability to pass the ball it also helped the Bobcat run game as well. Robert Lowe ran for 138 yards and three touchdowns. The Pokes struggled to bring him down all night long.
Let's try and focus on what this game means instead of dissecting this game play by play.
This a loss, a bad loss. There is no way to sugarcoat this game. Is this season ruined? Not at all. This a big hurdle and the important thing is how the Pokes respond. A 3-2 record is still a decent start and now there is a bye week to regroup and refocus for the next two games at home. A bowl game and shot at a conference title are not lost. What matters is how the Cowboys perform on their conference schedule. Wyoming is still 1-0 in Mountain West play. Overreaction to a performance in one game (positive or negative) is dangerous. The Pokes can play much better than they did tonight and we've seen them do it. All hope is not lost.
We'll find out what this team is really made of when they take the field in two weeks against New Mexico. Kudos to Texas State for stepping up and playing really well on Saturday in tough conditions. Now it's the Cowboys turn to step up their game.