2008 Wyoming Cowboys
Colorado State 31 … Wyoming 20
Colorado State became bowl eligible as Dion Morton caught a 31-yard touchdown pass and Gartrell Johnson caught a five-yard scoring grab. Morton also scored from 51 and 43 yards out as part of his 160-yard day. Wyoming got a halfback option touchdown pass from Wynel Seldon to Chris Sundberg in the first quarter and a Ward Dobbs interception return for a touchdown in the second, but it only managed two Nick Landess field goals the rest of the way. Each team turned the ball over three times.
Player of the game: Colorado State WR Dion Morton made six catches for 160 yards and three touchdowns
Stat Leaders: Wyoming - Passing: Chris Stutzriem, 21-39, 201 yds
Rushing: Wynel Seldon, 19-107. Receiving: Jesson Salyards, 5-51
Colorado State - Passing: Billy Farris, 15-25, 235 yds, 3 TD, 1 INT
Rushing: Gartrell Johnson, 23-135, 1 TD. Receiving: Dion Morton, 6-160, 3 TD
Whoopty doo. What does it all mean, Basil? ... And that's it for the Joe Glenn era. The program had its moments, but to lose late to Colorado State, a decent, but flawed team, showed that a change needed to be made. There was a time when Wyoming would've never lost a home game like this, and now, with no offense, the nation's worst scoring attack, and a defense that didn't get into the backfield, it's time for a change. The O might have outgained Colorado State, but it didn't come through with the touchdown drives in the second half needed to go out with a win.
Ohio W 21-20
Virginia W 23-3
UNLV 22 … Wyoming 14
Quinton Porter picked off a Chris Stutzriem pass in the end zone late in the fourth and Kyle Watson kicked three first half field goals as UNLV kept its bowl hopes alive. Wyoming got two Stutzriem touchdown passes with an eight-yarder to Greg Bolling and a 28-yarder to Chris Johnson for a 14-9 lead going into the fourth, but Frank Summer ran for a one-yard touchdown on the first play of the final quarter and Rodelin Anthony caught a 19-yard touchdown pass to pull ahead for good. UNLV controlled the clock holding the ball for 39:07.
Player of the game: UNLV QB Mike Clausen completed 16-of-30 passes for 138 yards and a touchdown, and he ran 13 times for 52 yards.
Stat Leaders: Wyoming - Passing: Chris Stutzriem, 12-21, 143, yds, 2 TD, 2 INT
Rushing: Devin Moore, 18-91. Receiving: Greg Bolling, 4-52, 1 TD
UNLV - Passing: Mike Clausen, 16-30, 138 yds, 1 TD
Rushing: Frank Summers, 21-75, 1 TD. Receiving: Ryan Wolfe, 7-53
Whoopty doo. What does it all mean, Basil? ... Wyoming's defense did a decent job against UNLV, but it had a hard time coming up with third down stops and it didn't come up with the big play to turn the momentum late. The offense stumbled, never getting the ground game going, and Chris Stutzriem's two interceptions proved costly. The Cowboys simply made more mistakes, turning the ball over three times and committing seven penalties. Coming off two nice wins, now the team is ensured of a losing season, but a home win over Colorado State to close out would mean wins in three of the final four games. Considering where things were at the end of September, that wouldn't be bad.
Wyoming 13 … Tennessee 7
Wyoming embarrassed a punchless Tennessee with a pick leading to a four-yard Greg Genho touchdown catch three minutes into the game, and a 24-yard interception return for a touchdown from Ward Dobbs providing all the points needed. Tennessee managed a mere 219 yards of total offense with 64 of them coming on the one scoring drive. Gerald Jones caught an eight-yard touchdown pass for the only Vol points.
Player of the game: Wyoming LB Ward Dobbs made 13 tackles, an interception return for a touchdown, four tackles for loss with a sack.
Stat Leaders: Tennessee - Passing: Jonathan Crompton, 11-27, 91 yds, 1 TD
Rushing: Lennon Creer, 16-92. Receiving: Gerald Jones, 5-37, 1 TD
Wyoming - Passing: Chris Stutzriem, 8-16, 95 yds, 1 TD
Rushing: Devin Moore, 32-98. Receiving: Devin Moore, 2-9
Whoopty doo. What does it all mean, Basil? ... Tennessee might be awful right now, but give credit to Wyoming for not giving the woeful Vol offense any big chances while the defense was a brick wall. There's no need to fire on the rough day from the offense, This was a win at Tennessee, and it was another feather in the cap for the Mountain West. Devin Moore did a good job of banging away and giving the offense some semblance of production, but to beat UNLV this week on a Thursday, more will be needed from QB Chris Stutzriem.
Wyoming 35 … San Diego State 10
Devin Moore tore off three touchdown runs and Brandon Stewart caught a 69-yard touchdown pass as Wyoming scored 35 straight points on the way to a stunningly easy win. San Diego State managed 328 yards of total offense, but it didn't get into the end zone until late in the third on a 26-yard Justin Shaw catch. Wyoming rolled up 544 yards of total offense while the D held the Aztecs to 17 yards on the ground.
Player of the game: Wyoming RB Devin Moore ran 24 times for 234 yards and three touchdowns
Stat Leaders: Wyoming - Passing: Chris Stutzriem, 6-10, 166 yds, 1 TD
Rushing: Devin Moore, 24-234, 3 TD. Receiving: Brandon Stewart, 3-132, 1 TD
San Diego State - Passing: Ryan Lindley, 28-52, 311 yds, 1 TD
Rushing: Atiyyah Henderson, 9-27. Receiving: Roberto Wallace, 7-66
Whoopty doo. What does it all mean, Basil? ... It's not like Chris Stutzriem had to do a whole bunch against San Diego State other than hand the ball off to Devin Moore and Wynel Seldon, but he might be the answer in the short term to the quarterback situation. The running game went ballistic against the Aztecs, while the defensive front did a nice job against the run to help maintain the blowout. This might not be nearly enough to save the season, but it should be a good confidence booster going into the trip to Tennessee.
TCU 54 … Wyoming 7
Jimmy Young set a school record with 226 yards on five catches with touchdowns from 60, 55 and 39 yards out to propel TCU to the easy win. Wyoming's only score, a 42-yard Devin Moore run, was answered by a 85-yard kickoff return for a touchdown from Aaron Brown. Andy Dalton threw four touchdown passes in all and ran for a score.
Player of the game: TCU WR Jimmy Young caught five passes for a school-record 226 yards and three touchdowns
Stat Leaders: Wyoming - Passing: Karsten Sween, 5-10, 89 yds
Rushing: Devin Moore, 25-114, 1 TD. Receiving: Greg Bolling, 3-43
TCU - Passing: Andy Dalton, 16-22, 334 yds, 4 TD
Rushing: Joseph Turner, 10-25. Receiving: Jimmy Young, 5-226, 3 TD
Whoopty doo. What does it all mean, Basil? ... Wyoming didn't have a prayer of keeping up the pace with TCU once the big plays started happening. The Cowboys got a few yards, 221 in all, but 10 penalties and two turnovers were a problem, and the offensive line had issues giving the quarterbacks time. Karsten Sween was knocked out of the game with a concussion, and Dax Crum wasn't bad, completing both his passes. This wasn't the type of performance the team needed coming off a bye, and now a win against San Diego State is a must to pull out of the nose dive of a five-game losing streak.
Utah 40 … Wyoming 7
Utah started off the scoring with a 25-yard interception return for a touchdown from Sean Smith, got two field goals from Louie Sakoda, and a blocked punt for a touchdown for Aiona Key for a 20-0 lead before the offense was able to get into the end zone on a Matt Asiata three-yard run with five seconds to play in the first half. Asiata's 13-yard touchdown catch early in the third capped off a 34-0 run before Wyoming finally got on the board with an 18-yard Greg Bolling catch. Wyoming turned it over five times, Utah didn't give it away.
Player of the game: Utah DB Sean Smith made two tackles and two interceptions taking one for a touchdown
Stat Leaders: Wyoming - Passing: Karsten Sween, 8-18, 52 yds, 3 INT
Rushing: Devin Moore, 23-106. Receiving: Brandon Stewart, 4-21
Utah - Passing: Brian Johnson, 10-19, 110, 1 TD
Rushing: Corbin Louks, 9-50. Receiving: Freddie Brown, 4-57
Whoopty doo. What does it all mean, Basil? ... Wyoming isn't finding anything it can work with in the passing game. The running game isn't all that bad. Devin Moore ran for 106 yards on Utah and the team did a decent job of generating a consistent push. But five turnovers and horrible play from QB Karsten Sween, along with a rough day from the special teams, ended the fun early on. Now comes a trip to TCU … yeesh.
New Mexico 24 … Wyoming 0
New Mexico had no trouble with the anemic Wyoming offense as Frankie Solomon returned Karsten Sween's first pass for a touchdown, and the offense did its job with one-yard touchdown runs from James Wright and Brad Gruner for a 21-0 first half lead. The Lobos shut it down from there going exclusively on the ground, finishing with 317 rushing yards, while Wyoming struggled to keep things moving with just 201 yards of total offense and three turnovers.
Player of the game: New Mexico LB Zach Arnett made 16 tackles and a sack
Stat Leaders: Wyoming - Passing: Karsten Sween, 9-19, 71 yds, 1 INT
Rushing: Devin Moore, 19-74. Receiving: Jesson Salyards, 4-47
New Mexico - Passing: Brad Gruner, 8-19, 33 yds
Rushing: James Wright, 15-120, 1 TD. Receiving: Roland Bruno, 4-12
Whoopty doo. What does it all mean, Basil? ... Wyoming's offense has way too many veterans and way too much potential to be such a complete and total disaster. The quarterback play has been awful. For all the promise Karsten Sween showed early in his career, he hasn't been close to productive, while he hasn't gotten enough help from the running game. The defense did a good job, for the most part, against New Mexico, but when the Lobos wanted to run the ball, they did. Making matters worse, now comes dates against Utah and TCU.
Bowling Green 45 … Wyoming 16
Michael Ream picked off a pass and fumbled it into the end zone. Cody Basler recovered, and Bowling Green was on its way. Tyler Sheehan threw a 34-yard touchdown pass to Corey Partridge and a 20-yard strike to Marques Parks, and Chris Bullock ran for two six-yard touchdowns on the way to a 45-10 lead. Wyoming got short touchdown runs from Wynel Seldon and Devin Moore, but five turnovers with four turnovers did the team in.
Player of the game: Bowling Green QB Tyler Sheehan completed 22-of-35 passes for 287 yards and two touchdowns, and hr ran for a score.
Stat Leaders: Bowling Green - Passing: Tyler Sheehan, 22-35, 287 yds, 2 TD
Rushing: Chris Bullock, 18-61, 2 TD & Willie Geter, 11-61. Receiving: Marques Parks, 5-76, 1 TD
Wyoming - Passing: Karsten Sween, 10-16, 84 yds, 1 INT
Rushing: Devin Moore, 15-114, 1 TD. Receiving: David Leonard, 4-39
Whoopty doo. What does it all mean, Basil? ... Wyoming has to stop turning the ball over. The Cowboys gave away four interceptions and a fumble against Bowling Green and didn't settle the quarterback situation any more. Karsten Sween was far better than Dax Crum, but neither one set the world on fire. The defense didn't come up with the big stop needed to slow down the bad momentum. This season has turned into a disaster, and it's because there's no passing game. Worse yet, the passing game can't stop screwing up.
BYU 44 … Wyoming 0
BYU came up with its second straight shut out with the defense holding Wyoming to 273 yards and forcing six turnovers. Scott Johnson got the ball rolling with a 64-yard fumble return for a touchdown in the first quarter, and David Nixon capped off the BYU touchdowns with a 19-yard interception return for a score in the third. Max Hall only played three quarters, but he made the most of his time with three touchdown passes including strikes from 62 and 7 yards out to Austin Collie and 11 yards away to Harvey Unga. Unga also added a one-yard touchdown run.
Player of the game:.BYU WR Austin Collie caught eight passes fro 122 yards and two touchdowns
Stat Leaders: BYU - Passing: Max Hall, 16-27, 189 yds, 3 TD
Rushing: Harvey Unga, 19-95, 1 TD. Receiving: Austin Collie, 8-122, 2 TD
Wyoming - Passing: Dax Crum, 15-28, 119 yds
Rushing: Devin Moore, 14-97. Receiving: Greg Bolling, 4-69
Whoopty doo. What does it all mean, Basil? ... Everything is working right now for BYU with the offense showing a near-perfect balance while being able to capitalize on every Wyoming mistake. The defense is swarming, causing error after error and not letting UCLA or Wyoming's offenses to get anything consistently going. Max Hall is flawless running the attack, but soon, Harvey Unga might need a little more help running the ball. Next week against Utah State should be more of the same dominance.
Whoopty doo. What does it all mean, Basil? ... BYU might have had something to do with forcing six Wyoming turnovers, but the Cowboys shot themselves in the foot way too often. The other big problem is a defense that's doing absolutely nothing to get into the backfield. There's no pressure from a front line that's supposed to be a strength, there aren't any tackles for loss, and there aren't any sacks. Basically, the UW lines have to staring playing a lot better in a big hurry.
Wyoming 16 … North Dakota State 13
Wyoming survived the scare with Jake Scott hitting a 29-yard field goal with four seconds to play after Derrick McMahen picked off a Nick Mertens pass in the final minutes. The Cowboys only gained 266 yards of total offense, but they rallied from a 13-0 deficit scoring the final 16 points of the game with a two-yard Devin Moore touchdown run and three Scott field goals. NDSU got two field goals from Shawn Bibeau and a three-yard Nick Mertens touchdown catch for the early lead.
Player of the game: Wyoming RB Devin Moore rushed 21 times for 145 yards and a touchdown.
Stat Leaders: North Dakota State - Passing: Nick Mertens, 16-30, 215 yds, 1 TD, 3 INTS
Rushing: Pat Paschall, 14-71. Receiving: Kole Heckendorf, 3-103
Wyoming - Passing: Dax Crum, 11-17, 90 yds
Rushing: Devin Moore, 21-145, 1 TD. Receiving: David Leonard, 2-34
Whoopty doo. What does it all mean, Basil? ... While the comeback against North Dakota State was a plus, the offense struggled way too much to get anything going. The passing game continues to be abysmal as Dax Crum isn't doing anything to prove that he deserved the starting job. However, he didn't throw any interceptions and he led the comeback. The Wyoming pass defense needs to be better once Mountain West play kicks in. It gave up 215 yards to the Bison air attack.
Air Force 23 … Wyoming 3
Air Force stuffed Wyoming allowing a mere 216 yards of total offense while forcing five turnovers en route to the stunningly easy win. The Air Force offense only managed 15 yards passing, but it rolled up 261 yards on the ground highlighted by a 74-yard dash from Kyle Halderman to lead to a one-yard Shea Smith score. Wyoming's only points came on a 47-yard Jake Scott field goal in the second, but Air Force got three field goals from Ryan Harrison from 40, 27 and 44 yards away.
Player of the game: Air Force LB Chris Thomas made 13 tackles with a sack and a tackle for loss
Stat Leaders: Air Force - Passing: Shea Smith, 3-4, 15 yds, 1 INT
Rushing: Kyle Halderman, 3-85 Receiving: Spencer Armstrong, 1-7
Wyoming - Passing: Dax Crum, 7-19, 72 yds, 1 INT
Rushing: Devin Moore, 15-70. Receiving: Donate Morgan, 3-33
Whoopty doo. What does it all mean, Basil? ... Yuck. Just when it seemed like the Cowboys were going to start the season with a little momentum after beating Ohio, they come up with a clunker at home against Air Force. The Falcon defense did a nice job, but the Cowboys helped the cause with poor play all around giving away five turnovers, struggling on third downs, and getting next to nothing from the passing game. Karsten Sween didn't show anything when he got in for Dax Crum, who completed seven of 19 passes with an interception.
Wyoming 21 ... Ohio 20
Wyoming got a 23-yard touchdown catch from Donate Morgan with over seven minutes to play, and the defense did the rest with an interception and a late hold. Dax Crum threw two touchdown passes for the Cowboys, while Ohio got a four-yard touchdown catch from Andrew Mooney and a kickoff return for a score from Donte Harden in the defensive battle. Ohio was held to 39 yards on the ground.
Player of the game: Wyoming QB Dax Crum completed 14-of-22 for 111 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions and ran for 14 yards on three carries.
Stat Leaders: Ohio - Passing: Theo Scott, 26-35, 224 yds, 1 TD, 1 INT
Rushing: Chris Garrett, 12-30. Receiving: Taylor Price, 14-139
Wyoming - Passing: Dax Crum, 14-22, 111 yds, 2 TDs, 2 INTs
Rushing: Devin Moore, 25-82, 1 TD. Receiving: Chris Johnson, 4-37
Whoopty doo. What does it all mean, Basil? ... While it wasn't always pretty, the Cowboys will gladly take their 21-20 comeback win over Ohio considering the defense did its job and the offense came through when it had to. In desperate need of a fast start and a home win, Wyoming rallied in the fourth quarter and got a couple of defensive stands to preserve the victory. The leadership of QB Dax Crum, a junior-college transfer starting his first game, came through in the end, and no matter how it looked, he got the win. No, his numbers weren't impressive, but he calmly led the offense to the game-winning drive and should only get better with more playing time.
2008 Recruiting Class
Star of the Class
Dax Crum QB 6-4 210 So. Phoenix, Ariz. (Mesa CC, Ariz.)
Dax Crum enrolled at the University of Wyoming after an outstanding 2007 season at Mesa Community College in Mesa, Ariz. Crum earned Honorable Mention National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) All-America honors while leading Mesa to a 9-2 record and a No. 8 national ranking in the Final 2007 NJCAA/JC Football.com Poll. He was named the NJCAA Co-Region I Offensive Player of the Year, and also was selected First Team All-Western States Football League.
Potential Instant Impact Players
James Caraway WR/RB 5-11 170 Fr.
Topeka, Kan. (Highland Park)
James Caraway will be one of the fastest members of the 2008 Wyoming recruiting class. Caraway has been timed at 4.38 seconds in the 40-yard dash. He earned All-City honors as a senior from the Topeka Capital-Journal. His position with the Cowboys has not yet been decided. He played multiple positions in high school at Topeka's Highland Park High. Caraway was the Scots leading rusher, played cornerback on defense and was his team's top return specialist. At the conclusion of his senior season, he played in the Scout.com Bowl, a national high school all-star game.
Ben Durbin LB 6-3 220 Fr. Gilbert,
Ben Durbin, one of the top linebackers in the state of Iowa, brings a very impressive resume to the University of Wyoming football program. He has been named First Team All-District three times, First Team All-State twice and was also selected as a District MVP. He is also the 81st ranked inside linebacker in the nation by Scouts, Inc. His senior season, he recorded 130 tackles, 20 tackles for loss and nine sacks. As a junior, he recorded 107 tackles, 19 of which were for a loss. He had seven sacks and intercepted two passes. Besides playing linebacker on defense, he contributed to the offense as a running back, tight end and offensive lineman.
Rest of the Class
|Orlando Arnold||6-4||255||TE||Richmond, Calif. (Contra Costa CC)|
|Adam Barry||6-1||210||QB||Simi Valley, Calif. (Moorpark HS)|
|Eric Benson||6-2||182||S||Tempe, Ariz. (Corona Del Sol HS)|
|Matt Birkeness||6-4||215||LB||Littleton, Colo. (Columbine HS)|
|Josh Birmingham||5-9||177||RB||Luther, Okla. (Luther HS)|
|James Caraway||5-11||170||WR||Topeka, Kan. (Highland Park HS)|
|Nick Carlson||6-4||235||OL||Arlington Heights, Ill. (Prospect HS)|
|Chance Crawford||6-3||215||LB||Fort Collins, Colo. (Fort Collins HS)|
|Dax Crum||6-4||210||QB||Phoenix, Ariz. (Mesa CC)|
|Jim Downs||6-7||265||OL||Glenrock, Wyo. (Glenrock HS)|
|Ben Durbin||6-3||220||LB||Gilbert, Iowa (Gilbert HS)|
|Tashuan Gipson||6-0||180||CB||Dallas, Texas (Kimball HS)|
|Ryan Handford||5-9||175||CB||Corona, Calif. (Santiago HS)|
|David James||5-11||175||CB||Edmond, Okla. (Edmond Memorial HS)|
|Dylan Kildahl||6-4||240||DE||Ault, Colo. (Highland HS)|
|Josh Leonard||6-4||250||OL||Helena, Mont. (Helena HS)|
|Austin McCoy||6-3||190||K/P||Winter Haven, Fla. (Winter Haven HS)|
|Kyle Magnuson||6-6||305||OL||Elkhart, Ind. (Concord HS)|
|Donate Morgan||5-11||185||WR||Chicago, Ill. (St. Joseph's College)|
|Justin Morgan||6-2||180||WR||Chicago, Ill. (Mt. Carmel HS)|
|Corey Orth||6-5||240||DL||Buena Vista, Colo. (Buena Vista HS)|
|Brandon Ribble||6-5||210||HB||Arvada, Colo. (Ralston Valley HS)|
|Levi Salmans||6-7||275||OL||Lafayette, Colo. (Monarch HS)|
|Trevor Shaw||6-4||230||DE||Fort Collins, Colo. (Poudre HS)|
|Nick Williams||6-5||265||OL||Highlands Ranch, Colo. (Highlands Ranch HS)|
2008 Early Lookahead
Why to get excited: The offensive line might have struggled, but at least it comes back experienced with all five starters returning along with all the backups. The backfield has no excuse not to be tremendous with QB Karsten Sween back for his third year under center, and the running back combo of Devin Moore and Wynel Seldon good enough to be considered among the Mountain West's best. The entire defensive front three also returns intact.
Why to be grouchy: There are just enough defensive losses to take a step back after a strong season (outside of the final three games). The excellent corner tandem of Julius Stinson and Michael Medina is gone along with linebackers Jon Prater and Sean Claffey. While the offense should be fine, the already anemic passing game will have to go on without Michael Ford and Hoost Marsh. Finding consistent replacements for P/PK Billy Vinnedge won't be easy.
The number one thing to work on is: Scoring. Wyoming only went over the 30 point mark twice and averaged an anemic 16.25 points per game in Mountain West play. Nothing worked with the attack equally balanced and equally bad. With so much experience returning on the line and in the backfield, there's no excuse to not be able to do something right on a consistent basis.
Biggest offensive loss: WR Michael Ford
Biggest defensive loss: CB Julius Stinson
Best returning offensive player: RBs Devin Moore, Sr. & Wynel Seldon, Sr.
Best returning defensive player: DT John Fletcher, Jr.