Welcome to the ninth edition of “the Good, the Bad, the Ugly.” This week I will be covering the Idaho Potato Bowl which featured Wyoming and Central Michigan in a matchup on the Blue. Next week, I will have a special preseason edition and the following week I will begin covering games from the 2018 season. Only two more weeks!
This game was the perfect example of why many experts expect Wyoming to have a top ten defense in 2018. The Cowboys forced eight turnovers. Yes, you read that right eight turnovers. Throughout the course of the 2017 season, the Cowboys had a ball hawk defense that was able to overcome the struggles of the offense. While, they gave up 346 yards through the air, the Cowboys completely shut down the running game of the Chippewas to the tune of only 18 yards on 27 carries.
Allen did everything he needed to do in this frigid game, he took care of the ball and 3 of his completions resulted in a touchdown. Allen finished the game attempting only 19 passes, but he completed 11 of them for 154 yards. This throws shows why the NFL scouts were enamored with Allen...
23/39 for 329 yards. Most teams would love that kind of production out of their quarterback. However, Morris struggled with his control and took too many risks. The Wyoming secondary showed some vulnerability in this game and Morris could not capitalize. As a quarterback your number one job is to take care of the ball, Morris had six turnovers! Morris threw four interceptions and lost two fumbles, those kinds of mistakes are nearly impossible to overcome.
Central Michigan’s Run Game and Offensive Line
First off, Wyoming’s defense deserves a ton of credit. Central Michigan could never really establish their run game. The longest run of the game for the Chippewas was 13 yards and they only managed a total of 18 yards on the ground. Not only did the offensive line of the Chippewas struggle to open up holes for the run game, they struggled to protect their quarterback. Morris was sacked five times and the Chippewas surrendered ten tackles for loss.
In the end, the Cowboy defense was too much for the Chippewas. The Cowboys overcame a mediocre offensive showing where they only gained 275 yards and still managed to put up 37 points. The Cowboys defense is going to be something special in 2018.