Wyoming’s Offensive Captains Call Player’s Only Meeting
LARAMIE -- Craig Bohl is admittedly not a fan of player's only meetings.
"If you just go through, whether it's the NFL or college football, typically those things turn into town hall bitch sessions," Wyoming's head coach said bluntly. "But that wasn't the case."
Andrew Peasley, along with fellow offensive team captains Treyton Welch and Wyatt Wieland, obviously felt it was necessary, coming off a dismal performance in a lackluster 22-19 victory over visiting Appalachian State.
The defense did its part that night, holding the Mountaineers out of the end zone and forcing five field-goal attempts. Four connected.
Wyoming's special teams unit took care of the fifth.
DeVonne Harris, with a shove from his friends, blew through the left side of App State's line and got a paw on the kick. Jakorey Hawkins scooped up the swat and returned it 62 yards for the go-ahead touchdown with less than two minutes to go in regulation.
The offense, well, that was a different story.
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Peasley, returning to the lineup after missing the Texas game with an AC sprain in his throwing shoulder, connected on just 5-of-15 throws for 31 yards. He also threw an interception early in the fourth quarter that was returned 18 yards for a touchdown.
That appeared to be the dagger, especially with the lack of production from Peasley and Co. that night in Laramie.
Wyoming's offense managed just seven first downs. That unit was 3-of-12 on third down. It rolled up just 208 total yards and held on to the ball for 19:35. The lone bright spot was a 156-yard night for running back Harrison Waylee. His 75-yard touchdown run, which came on the snap following that pick-six, gave the Cowboys life.
If there was ever time for a meeting, it was after that performance.
"Last week, in pregame, it felt really flat," Peasley said last Saturday from behind the postgame podium. "Like nobody really wanted to play that game. The captain's called an offensive players only meeting and we had a good discussion for about 15 minutes of who we want to be.
"So, that's who we are."
The Cowboys rolled up a season-high 433 yards of total offense in a 35-26 win over New Mexico inside War Memorial Stadium. Peasley connected on his first seven throws of the afternoon and his final stat line read: 16-of-25 for 194 yards and a touchdown pass. He also rushed for another score to get Wyoming on the scoreboard in the first quarter.
Peasley connected with a career-best nine receivers. The last UW quarterback to do that was Josh Allen. That was back in 2017.
Waylee, for the third straight week, eclipsed the 100-yard mark on the ground. He went wild on the Lobos, rushing for 191 yards and a score. That one came from 46 yards out and included plenty of broken tackles. Xazavian Valladay was the last UW running back to rush for more than 100 yards in three consecutive games. That came back in 2019, and the program's second-leading rusher did that five straight times.
Bohl said despite his feelings on closed meetings that don't involve the staff, he didn't get in the way. That's because the captains on that side of the ball talk the talk and walk the walk, he added.
"They are understanding, they're mature, they care and they're very competent," Bohl said. "So, their words are backed up by their credibility ... I think Andrew Peasley, you know, he's been through a lot and he speaks with a great deal of wisdom."
Here is all you need to know -- and the links -- for Saturday's tilt in Laramie:
WHO: No. 24 Fresno State (5-0, 1-0) at Wyoming��(4-1, 1-0)
WHEN: Saturday, Oct. 7 at 6:00 p.m. MST
WEATHER: High of 69, low 32, sunny, winds at 11 mph
WHERE: War Memorial Stadium, Laramie, Wyo. (29,181 capacity)
RADIO: Cowboy Sports Network
TICKETS: Wyoming Ticket office
BOX SCORE: ESPN
ROSTERS: Wyoming / Fresno State
HISTORY: Fresno State leads series 9-5
BETTING ODDS: Fresno State - 6.5, O/U: 44.5
HEAD COACHES: Craig Bohl / Jeff Tedford
Just The Facts: Size Doesn't Matter For Wyoming's War Memorial Stadium
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- Just The Facts: Size Doesn't Matter For Wyoming's War Memorial Stadium