Looking ahead at Wyoming’s Mountain West opener against New Mexico

Hear from Coach Bohl, Andrew Peasley, Jakorey Hawkins, and DeVonne Harris
Published: Sep. 26, 2023 at 12:11 AM CDT
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CHEYENNE, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) - Week five of College Football is upon us and so is the start of Mountain West Conference play for the Pokes.

After a game that put a strain on many of our hearts the Cowboys are shifting their focus to hosting New Mexico on Saturday.

New Mexico may not be the premier Mountain West opponent for the cowboys the Lobos give them some fits. Over the last 18 meetings the series is split 9-9.

Here is Head Coach Craig Bohl on Wyoming’s foe.

“Significant improvement on offense, Hopkins, a transfer, has really lightened up their offense,” Coach Bohl said. “He’s got a strong arm, they’ve got a host of receivers, some transfers there. They’re huge up front. On defense, obviously, there is kind of still the ghost of Rocky (Long) that’s out there, this mafia tree that he has. They play a really stingy defense and that’s been a real challenge for us over the last several years.”

Playing a defense that they have historically struggled against could be an issue, especially after posting only 31 pass yards against App State.

It’ll be up to Andrew Peasley and the offense to learn and improve if the Cowboys want to start conference play on the right foot.

“I think that this week we need to focus on clean football and execution of the offense,” Quarterback, Andrew Peasley, said. “Watching that game, it wasn’t clean, it wasn’t productive, the defense was on the field too long. I think this week, we have to go in knowing that we are going into conference play to really step it up and execute. I gotta be better, I’ve gotta be more accurate and be on time. That was just kind of how it went that night, just gotta improve.”

When things are not going your way good teams find a way to win. For the cowboys it was on the special teams side when Jakorey Hawkins returned a blocked field goal for a touchdown that was blocked by DeVonne Harris.

Now, the team needs to take that momentum and use it to improve on all levels.

“It’s a lot of lessons coming out of this game,” Cornerback, Jakorey Hawkins, said. “Just build as a team. Every play, every snap counts, special teams, offense, defense, it doesn’t matter where you at. I hope it just showed young guys that are on special teams that feel like ‘oh I’m not really a part of the team’ that it still matters, every down.”

“We’re gonna learn from that last game becasuse there were a lot of things to learn from,” Defensive End, DeVonne Harris, said. “We’re gonna play like we always play, we’re gonna go into New Mexico playing like we always play. Like Coach Sawvel says ‘it’s not who we play, it’s how we play.’”

It all goes down on Saturday at The War, kickoff is set for 2 P.M. and will be broadcasted on Mountain West Network.