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Coach Bohl says he’d like to see improved running game going forward

After struggling to run the ball against Montana State, University of Wyoming Head Football Coach Craig Bohl said he’d like to see more success from his running backs going forward during his Monday press conference.
University of Wyoming Running Back Xazavian Valladay celebrates in the end zone after scoring a...
University of Wyoming Running Back Xazavian Valladay celebrates in the end zone after scoring a touchdown early in the fourth quarter to give the Cowboys a 9-7 lead versus Montana State on September 4, 2021.(David Graf)
Published: Sep. 7, 2021 at 11:43 PM CDT|Updated: Sep. 8, 2021 at 1:23 AM CDT
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LARAMIE, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) - During University of Wyoming Head Football Coach Craig Bohl’s Monday press conference, Bohl said he’d like to see better performances from his rushing attack going forward.

“The biggest area where I was disappointed in is our traditional tailback run game,” said Bohl. “That was not where it needed to be.”

During the abbreviated 2020 campaign, Running Back Xazavian Valladay led the Mountain West Conference in rushing yards per game with 110.0 and 5.6 yards per carry.

Against Montana State, Valladay finished with 77 yards rushing on 19 attempts, and as a team, the Pokes were only able to muster 100 yards rushing on 29 attempts from running backs.

“I think we’ve got a stable of some excellent running backs, and so we’ve gotta clean some things up there particularly with the offensive line and some perimeter blocking whether it be our tight ends or some wide receivers, but we’re certainly not one dimensional. We had about a 60-40 blend, which is where we need to be, but we need to be more productive in our running game.”

The Cowboys travel east this Saturday to take on Northern Illinois. The Huskies nearly allowed a pair of Georgia Tech running back rushers to eclipse 100 yards each.

The game kicks off at 11:30 a.m. on ESPN+.

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