The Cowboys did not perform well against Iowa, or at least they didn’t perform well at three specific times.
The dropped touchdown by CJ Johnson, Tim Zaleski’s muffed punt, and Rico Gafford getting burned by Nick Easley are the three big things that really took the wind out of Wyoming’s sails.
Josh Allen didn’t exactly live up to his number one overall pick hype, but that’s okay. That’s the kind of quarterback he is, and he wasn’t exactly getting help from his receivers or line.
I mean, look at this play here.
I know I’d be frustrated as a quarterback if my receivers couldn’t find an opening during that whole time.
Anyway, Wyoming was tough on defense, tougher than they were last year. Carl Granderson rebounded nicely from his ACL tear last year, recording 10 total tackles and one sack. Andrew Wingard and Logan Wilson looked like the ball hawks they were last year, recording 14 combined tackles.
The Cowboys also forced four fumbles, recovering three, and picked off Nathan Stanley once. For reference, Wyoming recovered eleven fumbles all season last year.
Now they’ve got a huge chance to rebound against the Gardner-Webb Runnin’ Bulldogs, an FCS team.
I don’t know much about Gardner-Webb, but I do know they lost to North Carolina A&T 45-3, which the Cowboys didn’t do.
The Bulldogs didn’t, uh, do well at all. They were outgained 458 yards to 114. Their quarterback, Tyrell Maxwell, was 6-15 with 34 yards. That’s not a typo. They rushed 36 times for 80 yards. Gardner-Webb was flat out outplayed.
Wyoming will be, by far, their toughest opponent this season. Combined with the jump from the Carolinas to Laramie, the Bulldogs are gonna have quite a challenge on their hands.
Final: a lot - a little in favor of Wyoming
See you next time.