From Bad to Worse for Cowboys Last Week
A week that began with the report that Kellen Overstreet, the most experienced running back on the Cowboys roster at the start of camp, decided to give up football in light of the latest of a series of injuries, didn't get any better during the weekend.
Not only did the Cowboys suffer a fourth-quarter blitz by Washington State, which turned a 19-13 lead in the third quarter into a 41-19 loss for Wyoming in it's home opener, but Nico Evans, who had emerged as the Cowboys' top running back in fall camp, went out on the fifth play of the second half with a rib injury.
Coach Craig Bohl is expected to expound on Evans' situation during his weekly media session on Monday, but anything that slows down Evans can't be good news.
Primarily a third-down blocking back in his first three years on the active roster, Evans rushed for 190 yards at New Mexico State in the Cowboys' season opener, and had 89 yards on 18 carries when he left with the injury after gaining 32 yards on his first three carries in the Cowboys' opening drive of the second half. The fourth time he was handed the ball he suffered a three-yard loss and was injured, on a play wiped out by a penalty.
The Cowboys did finish off that drive with Cooper Rothe booting a 30-yard field goal and taking the 19-13 lead.
Washington State, however, responded with a 13-play, 62-yard drive for the go-head touchdown, and added three more in the fourth quarter in a game that left Wyoming upset with its play.
"I'm not going to point fingers at anyone," said middle linebacker Logan Wilson. "We all could have done our individual jobs a lot better than we did.
"We had some personal-foul penalties on third down. Things like that shoot you in the foot. We all need to get better collectively."
How bad was it?
“We had too many breakdowns,” Bohl said.
A Wyoming team that averaged 4.2 penalties per game last year, and had only four penalties for 60 yards at New Mexico State a week earlier, was penalized 13 times for 109 yards against Washington State.
"You play against a good team, you can't shoot yourself in the foot, and I think we did that," said Bohl. "The margin (for error) was pretty slim and we didn't get it done?
And then there was a fair catch call on a kickoff that negated a run back.
"Unfortunately we weren't given the latitude to play young (Saturday)," said Bohl.
And after Washington State went up 34-19, Vander Waal threw a perfect pass to Ismail, Jr., who had nothing but open space between him and a touchdown. The ball hit Ismail's hands and then hit the ground.
"Personal foul penalities when you are getting off the field on third down, things like that, you shouldn't do it, but we did it today," said Wilson.
|Aug. 25||at N Mex St (29-7)|
|Sept. 1||vs. Wash St (19-41)|
|Sept. 8||at Missouri, 5 pm ESPN/ESPN2|
|Sept. 15||vs. Wofford 2pm MW Network|
|Sept. 29||vs. Boise State 5 p.m. CBSSN|
|Oct. 6||at Hawaii 10 p.m.|
|Oct. 13||at Fresno State TBA, ESPN Network|
|Oct. 20||vs.Utah State 12:30 pm AT&T|
|Oct. 26||at Colorado State 8 p.m., CBSSN|
|Nov. 3||vs. San Jose State Noon AT&T|
|Nov. 17||vs. Air Force TBA ESPN Network|
|Nov. 24||at New Mexico 12:30 p.m. AT&T|
|Kellen Overstreet On Instragram|
|“Today I had to make one of the toughest decisions of my life. I have decided to walk away from the game of football. I’m coming up on my fourth surgery in three years and I think that it would be in my best interest to be done with the game. Football has taught me so much more than just how to be a good football player. It has taught me how to be a better man, and that is something I will always appreciate. I want to thank everyone who has supported me along the way: family, friends, coaches, teammates and community members. I firmly believe that God has a plan for me and my future, so I’ll leave it all in his hands."|
Overstreet suffered injuries to both shoulders and a knee in his UW career, and he redshirted in 2016 due to injuries, Robert Gagliardi of the Wyoming State Tribune wrote in breaking the news about Overstreet. Overstreet missed the New Mexico State game with a hamstring injury, and was cleared late in camp for full contact coming off a shoulder injury from the spring
|Pain of the Penalties|
|Wyoming 1st Drive|
|(1)||1-10 Wyo 25 Evans 1 yard rush nullified, 10-yard penalty holding, creating 1-20.|
|Wash St 2nd drive|
|(2)||3-9 WSU 38 Cougars called for false start, 5 yard penalty, but Cowboys called for personal foul, 15-yards, creating WSU 1-10 Wyoming 47.|
|(3)||3-9 Wyo 46 Gardner Minshew incomplete pass, but Cowboys called for personal foul, 15 yards. Six players later, Minshew 2-yard TD pass.|
|Wyoming 3rd Drive|
|(4)||4-6 WSU 41 Tim Zaleski punt to WSU 8 nulified by illegal formation, 5 yards. Zaleski then punts out of bounds, 16 yards.|
|Wyoming 8th Drive|
|(5)||2-9 WSU 48 False start Wyoming, 5 yards. Tyler Vander Wal sacked for four yards loss on ensuing play, putting the Cowboys in a 3-18 situation.|
|Wyoming 9th Drive|
|(6)||1-10 WSU 43 Evans rushes 3 yard loss, Cowboys called for holding. Evans suffers rib injury, coming out of game. Cowboys eventually kick FG for 19-13 lead.|
|Wash St 8th Drive|
|(7)||1-5 WSU 30 Pass Interference, 12 yards to WSU 42 on way to FG and 20-19 lead.|
|Wyoming 10th Drive|
|(8)||1st & 10 own 25 after kickoff, false start 5 yards.|
|(9)||4th & 32 own 10/ Zaleski 41-yard punt, 1 yard return to WSU 19, 10 yards to WSU 29.|
|Wyoming 11th Drive|
|(10)||3rd & 6 own 15 false start|
|(11)||3 & 11 own 10, Loss of 2 yards on Pass to Ismail, unsportsmanlike conduct, 4 yards to Wyo 4.|
|Wash St 11th Drive|
|(12)||3-10 own 46 Pass Interference, 1st down.|
|Wyoming 13th drive|
|(13)||2-6 own 29 Delay of game five yards.|