LARAMIE -- Craig Bohl said his team maybe got a tad complacent after carving up Utah State's defense on the ground to the tune of 362 rushing yards. That included a school-record 99-yard dash from Titus Swen.

Levi Williams and Co. added 242 more yards through the air and two touchdowns in that 44-17 beatdown of the eventual Mountain West champions.

That also created what Wyoming's head coach called a "false sense of security."

That's one way to put it.

Just seven days after that rout in Logan, the Cowboys came home and laid arguably the biggest egg of the season as they sleepwalked through a season-ending loss to Hawaii inside War Memorial Stadium.

Bohl's bunch racked up just 119 rushing yards on 37 attempts in a 38-14 loss. That's an average of just 3.2 yards per carry. Against one of the worst pass defenses in the country, UW quarterbacks amassed only 186 yards.

This offense averaged 34.5 points per outing in its four non-conference games. That same unit then scored just three points over the next 10 quarters and fell at home to lowly New Mexico.

 

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So, It begs the question: which Wyoming team is going to show up inside Albertsons Stadium when the Pokes face off with Kent State Tuesday afternoon in the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl?

Bohl calls that the million-dollar question.

"I'm optimistic that we're going to be able to run but, you know, I'd be less than honest with all you guys, saying I know 100% what team is going to show up," Bohl said. "I mean, this has been a frustrating deal for me and I need to take ownership of that."

While the Golden Flashes have been prolific on offense in 2021, the opposite can be said on the other side of the ball. Kent State has allowed nearly 200 rushing yards per game, along with 276 through the air. That ranks them in the 100's out of 130 FBS teams.

Those numbers suggest UW's offense should have plenty of opportunities to shine on the blue turf.

However, this is a program that was favored to knock off UConn by 30 points only to survive a late two-point conversion attempt in East Hartford.

"For me to have an encompassing answer would be like being a politician in Washington DC right now," Bohl said of his team's inconsistencies. "I do think, at times, our players maybe didn't recognize that just because you have experience doesn't mean that you don't have to keep your sword sharp and go into each game with competitive mentality, and that falls on the head coach.

"I mean, there's blood on my hands. When I saw a meltdown like we had against Hawaii, why did that occur when you have an experienced team? So, even though they are experienced, I probably failed to recognize they're still in college."

Though this group didn't live up to expectations this fall, Bohl said this final game in Boise is a chance to right some wrongs and prepare for a future that includes competing for that elusive conference title.

"I'm an experienced football coach, but I'm still growing and I have to do better," he added. "We need to make sure we are sharp this week against what I think is a really good Kent State team."

Kickoff in Boise is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. MT.

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