Wyoming Fullback Snags Memorable Touchdown in Win Over Texas Tech
LARAMIE -- Caleb Driskill said he had a pretty good idea the throw was coming his way.
Was he nervous?
Who has time for that?
"I kind of blacked out," Wyoming's fullback said softly, a grin creasing his unshaven face. "I don't remember a whole lot of it."
Here's a quick reminder.
Camped out at Texas Tech's four-yard line, quarterback Andrew Peasley took the snap, turned and extended his left arm as if he was going to give the ball to running back Jeremy Hollingsworth.
The Red Raiders thought so, too.
Instead, the Cowboys' super senior signal caller quickly rolled to his right and tossed a strike to Driskill, who was all alone in the flat. The 6-foot-2, 245-pound junior reeled in the throw around the six, turned up field and rumbled into the end zone, lowering his shoulder into Tech linebacker Jesiah Pierre for the exclamation point as he crossed the white stripe.
Wyoming was on the ropes after allowing the visitors a 17-spot in the first quarter. Driskell's score cut that lead to just seven with 11:20 to go in the half.
"I'm an old believer in a fullback and especially a guy from Gillette," UW head coach Craig Bohl said after the 35-33 double-overtime victory over Texas Tech. "Throwing a touchdown pass to him, I think probably everybody up in Campbell County had a beer tonight."
There's that smile again.
"I'm sure there was some beer drank just for the fact that we won," Driskill said, adding his inbox was filled with texts from his hometown. .
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The former Wyoming Defensive Player of the Year at Thunder Basin High School, Driskill spent most of his prep career preventing touchdowns as an All-State linebacker. He racked up 158 tackles during his senior season, making him the No. 1 prospect in the state.
He joked that his last touchdown probably came during his junior season. He was a slot receiver then.
Did he miss the feeling? Sure. He even said it was a goal of his in college, though admittedly he didn't know if it was a reasonable one.
After barreling into the brown-and-gold paint, Driskill got to his feet and threw both arms in the arm as his teammates surrounded him.
"I honestly didn't know what to do," he joked. "I was kind of hopping around like a little kid. I didn't really know how to celebrate. They say, act like you've been there before -- and I hadn't. I acted like I hadn't, but it was awesome.
"It was a good celebration. Everybody was pretty pumped."
Do the Cowboys have a new, legit weapon on offense? Driskill hopes so, but he's OK with his blue-collar, under-the-radar work, too.
"If it is, then I think I can do it and I hope that they trust me to do that," he said. "But if it's not, then I'll just keep doing whatever they asked me to do."
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