The second game of the 2012 season sees our Rockets face off against the Wyoming Cowboys. So, this week we had a chance to do an email Q&A session with the Wyoming blog, Cowboy Altitude. Matt was kind enough to answer our questions so read below the fold to find get the Cowboy’s take on their matchup with Toledo and how they see things in Laramie.
1) What should Toledo fans know about Wyoming football?
Well first off, Wyoming football is awesome. I think that pretty much sums it up.
I’ve give you a bit more info. This is the fourth year under head coach Dave Christensen. He was formerly the OC at Mizzou and help turn Chase Daniels into a household name. The Cowboys run the spread and finally have some depth at wide receiver to cause some trouble for defenses. Senior Chris McNeill was the top receiver last year and the best route runner, he had a rough game against Texas but should be better in week two. Robert had a monster game with 173 yards and two scores in the opener. He is the fastest receiver and it will be very hard to catch him if he gets running room. Dominic Rufran is great with gain yards after the catch, he works great in the middle of the field.
Brett Smith is the gunslinger and was the Mountain West freshmen of the year in 2011. He is a dual threat QB that led the team in rushing yards and touchdowns last year. His accuracy on long passes seems much improved this year. He hit Herron in stride in a long throw down the sideline.
2) The Cowboys hung tough with Texas last week. What are the expectations for the rest of the season?
Wyoming is eying a Mountain West Championship after finishing 8-5 a year ago. I think eight or nine wins are certaintly possible this year. The biggest remaining games are: Toledo, Nevada and Boise State. The Cowboys will need to make sure they are mentally prepared for the Rockets. Everyone was talking and preparing for Texas but there has been little mention of Toledo till know. This may be a trap game and Wyoming will need to be ready.
3) What are the keys to victory against Toledo?
No turnovers. Wyoming had two interceptions in the second quarter and that turned into 14 points for Texas and Wyoming never recovered. The Cowboys were one of the top teams in turnover differential last year. They need to stay positive in turnover margin on Saturday.
Stop the run. Wyoming struggled against he power run game on Texas. Last year they allowed 232 rushing yards per game. They’ll need to improve on their run stopping as well as open field tackling.
Thanks again to Matt at Cowboy Altitude for the Q&A. Be sure to check out their blog for our answers to their questions as well.