Sept 1, 2012; Austin, TX, USA; Wyoming Cowboys quarterback Brett Smith (16) passes the ball against the Texas Longhorns during the second half at Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium. Texas beat Wyoming 37-17. Mandatory Credit: Brendan Maloney-US PRESSWIRE
For the Wyoming Cowboys, their 40-37 overtime win should not be mocked just because it came against the lowly Idaho Vandals. Wyoming has had two close calls this year with loses to Toledo and Cal Poly. The saying that "a win, is a win, is a win" is accurate for the Pokes, and was much needed.
They were thought (by me and a few others) to be a dark horse contender for the Mountain West and at least a top three team in the league. That can still happen since they have yet to play a league game, however their 1-3 start does not give me too much confidence that this Wyoming team can compete with the likes of Boise State, Nevada or Fresno State.
However, this win against Idaho could push them in that direction, ever so slightly. The big surprise of the game was that Wyoming had starting quarterback Brett Smith in the lineup, after missing last week with a concussion, and he had his best game of the year by completing 23-of-35 passes for 365 yards and had five touchdown passes.
That performance earned Smith co-offensive player of the week for the Mountain West.
As for the game itself, this was a back-and-forth affair that saw Wyoming get out to an early 14-6 lead after the first quarter and were rolling. In the first quarter Wyoming used freshman wide receiver Jason Thompson in the wildcat position and scored on a touchdown 11-yard
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