Wyoming Football Game Day: Cowboys Face the Lobos [VIDEOS]
At home for its next two games, the Wyoming Cowboys host the New Mexico Lobos Saturday in their 95th homecoming football game at War Memorial Stadium.
The game starts at 1 p.m. You can listen to the game in Laramie on KOWB (AM 1290) or in Casper on KTWO (AM 1030). You can also listen anywhere with our mobile KOWB app or K2Radio app. The game is being televised by AT&T SportsNet.
UW is 46-45-3 in homecoming games all-time. They are better at War Memorial Stadium where the homecoming record stands at 41-26-2.
Wyoming (4-2, 1-1) is coming off a tough loss at San Diego State last Saturday night, 26-22. It was the second time this season the Pokes gave up a lead in the fourth quarter.
New Mexico (2-4, 0-2) has dropped three straight games entering today. The Lobos last game was a 35-21 loss on Friday, Oct. 11 at home against Colorado State. They’ve also been defeated by San Jose State in Mountain West Conference action.
This will be the 72nd meeting in the football series between these two schools. Wyoming has the all-time lead at 38-33. The series dates back to 1930. The Cowboys are 19-15 at home versus the Lobos. UW has won the last two by a combined score of 73-6.
The Pokes are favored by 19 points entering this game.
Both teams like to run the football. Wyoming is averaging 235 yards per game on the ground. QB Sean Chambers leads the team in rushing at nearly 72 yards per game. He has 430 yards on the ground this season. Freshman Titus Swen, who is injured, is second on the team with 349 yards for an average of 58 per game.
New Mexico is led by Ahmari Davis and Bryson Carroll. Davis has 457 yards and four TDs this season, while Carroll adds 389 yards and two touchdowns. The Lobos average 219.5 yards per game rushing. New Mexico could also play two quarterbacks in Tevaka Tuioti and Sherrion Jones. As a duo, they average close to 206 yards per game through the air.
Defensively, the Cowboys have an edge. They allow 398 yards and 21 points per game. The Lobos give up almost 520 yards and nearly 39 points per game. New Mexico is also -10 in turnover margin, while UW it plus-2.
This week we feature a player on the outside on both sides of the ball. Freshman cornerback Jordan Murry has been thrown in the mix due to injuries and a player leaving the team. KOWB’s David Settle caught up with Murry after the UNLV game, his first extensive action of the season.
Settle also visited with sophomore receiver Gunner Gentry, who has three catches for 102 yards this season. He’s averaging 34 yards per reception to lead Wyoming and has become a big-play, down-the-field threat. They talked about that, plus his development, following in big brother Tanner Gentry’s footsteps, advice big bro has offered, and more.
3 Areas to Watch
1 – Can Wyoming exploit the Lobos on the backend? Head coach Craig Bohl said New Mexico has surrendered some big plays this season. That translates when you look at their defensive stats. You don’t allow 520 yards and 39 points per game without giving up big plays.
2 – Can the Pokes get their passing game going? The struggles here have numerous factors tied to them. QB Sean Chambers has been inconsistent at best, receivers have dropped some balls, and the offensive line has been banged up. New Mexico allows almost 400 yards per game through the air. With the Lobos stacking the box, will Wyoming be able to make plays down the field? They’ll need to take some shots to open things up.
3 – Win the turnover battle. The Cowboys are 4-0 when they have a positive or even turnover margin. They are 0-2 when they lose that battle. Coach Bohl even emphasized that during his weekly press conference on Monday.
An additional note, UW has lost leads in both losses, as mentioned earlier. Coach Bohl said he and the defensive staff have discussed that point and will adjust if they get in another late-game situation and need to protect a lead again.
Just a reminder to Wyoming football fans that KOWB (AM 1290) in Laramie or on through the free KOWB app will air “Cowboy Talk” after the radio broadcast following tonight’s UNLV game. David Settle is the host and takes calls with your comments and questions about Wyoming football. Also, you can Tweet the show @KOWBRadio on Twitter.