Rivalry games are the best. You can throw out records and statistics; it is all about a mutual hatred for each other and the pride of winning a trophy created specifically for a regular season game. That is the case in the Wyoming-Colorado State rivalry, where the two foes meet for the “Bronze Boot.” Both teams were in the midst of a rough season and hoped that the outcome of the game could propel them to a strong finish. Let’s revisit the good, bad and ugly moments of the game.
This was the game where Chambers took the quarterback job and ran with it. He completely dominated the Rams and did so while only attempting ten passes. Chambers completed 7 of 10 passes for 116 yards and 2 touchdowns. He also ran the ball 22 times for 101 yards. Chambers was exactly what the Cowboys needed, a quarterback that could take care of the ball and do damage with his legs.
Evans was the best running back in the Mountain West this year, and this game was the perfect example of why he earned that title. Evans destroyed Colorado State, carrying the ball 27 times for 176 yards and a touchdown. Evans averaged 6.5 yards per carry and helped the Cowboys control the clock and the tempo.
Williams was one of the few bright spots for Colorado State in this one. He was a reliable target for Colin Hill. Williams finished the game with 10 catches for 126 yards, including a reception of 47 yards. Williams will be missed by the Rams in 2019.
I’m not going to place too much blame on Hill. The Colorado State quarterbacks were in a tough spot all season. The Rams struggled to run the ball, and the defense was one of the worst in the Mountain West. However, Hill needed to take better care of the ball. His passing numbers were respectable, completing 34 of 54 passes for 333 yards. But, Hill lost a fumble and threw two interceptions.
Colorado State’s Rushing Attack
20 carries for 20 yards. There really isn’t much to say here. This was a season long struggle for Colorado State, and it cost them multiple games.
Colorado State’s Run Defense
As bad as the Colorado State run game was, their rush defense may have been even worse. The Cowboys completely wore down the front seven of the Rams. Wyoming finished the game with 56 carries for 291 yards, a dominating performance by Wyoming.
Colorado State’s Coaching
I realize it was a rough year for Mike Bobo and the Rams coaching staff. But it looked like they weren’t prepared for this one. They should have known that Chambers was going to bring a different dynamic to the Cowboys’ offense.
That’s it for this edition of “The Good, the Bad, the Ugly.” What were your good, bad, and ugly moments from this game? Stay tuned for next week’s edition, as I will be covering the Boise State-Nevada showdown.