A pass — yes, one of those — helped propel Pokes to big win over Hawaii
LARAMIE -- Finesse hasn't really been a strong suit for recent Wyoming quarterbacks.
We all know about Josh Allen's rocket of a right arm. Tyler Vander Waal was strong in that department, too. Sean Chambers, a former catcher for his high school baseball team in Kerman, Calif., yeah, he has a howitzer.
Levi Williams can sling it around the yard, but something that has set him apart so far is his change-up -- the ability to add some touch to his throws.
One of those beauties was arguably the play of the game in Friday night's 31-7 beat down of visiting Hawaii.
On the Cowboys' second drive of the third quarter -- leading just 10-7 -- Wyoming was facing a 3rd and 7 from its own 25-yard line. It appeared the home team was headed for its second consecutive three-and-out.
The first play was a three-yard run by Trey Smith. The second, an incomplete pass to a wide open Ayden Eberhardt down the middle of the field.
History tells us the Pokes are going conservative here. They will live to see another day.
Not on this drive.
Standing in the shotgun, the redshirt freshman hauled in the high snap from Keegan Cryder, took a three-step drop and shuffled to his left with pressure bearing down. Williams, who had his eyes on wide receiver Dontae Crow throughout his entire progression, waited for the senior to separate and look his way:
That was a 25-yard pitch and catch down to the Rainbow Warriors' 47-yard line. The drive was extended. Momentum was starting to swing back to the guys in Brown and Gold.
Williams didn't attempt another pass on that march toward the north end zone. Wyoming ran the ball eight consecutive times -- shocker -- capped by a one-yard plunge over the thick white stripe by senior graduate transfer, Smith.
The Pokes were up 17-7. It was their only score of the third quarter.
Though Wyoming would go on to punch it in two more times in the fourth, officially putting away the pesky 'Bows, it was this high, arching pass to Crow that took the wind out of Hawaii's palm tree.