Wyoming gearing up for a season defining showdown with UNLV
Plus an interview with Gunner Gentry on his special Border War touchdown
CHEYENNE, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) - A huge game for the Pokes coming up against UNLV. But, before we get into that I want to talk about Wide Receiver Gunner Gentry.
One of the shining moments of the Border War win, scoring the first touchdown, something that he had not done in over 1,000 days.
Knee injuries have just derailed his career at Wyoming. But, it was one of the most special moments you can think back on in a Border War in recent memory. It meant so much to him too.
“To see all the teammates kind of sprinting at me and just hearing the crowd,” Gentry said. “It’s one of those things, you know, that everything I went through, it kind of made it all worth it. To be able to make a play in that big of a game and especially while playing our rival CSU. It was a surreal feeling for sure.”
Now let’s get into the task at hand. The UNLV Rebels are playing some of their best football of the season and some of the best in all of the Mountain West.
The Rebels are scoring 36.7 points per game, which is 18th in the nation.
A big challenge for the Pokes, but, they know that and they’re going in with a chip on their shoulder.
“Our opponent is playing, I think, maybe the best in the Mountain West right now,” Head Coach, Craig Bohl, said. “Coach Odom has done a great job. I’ve known Coach Odom for many years. He’s really done a super job with that football team. I think they’re playing at the top of their game. Their qaurterback is excellent, he’s completing 65% of his passes. We are really going to be challenged there, he does have good mobility.”
“The only way we are going to beat us is by not doing our jobs,” Linebacker, Shae Suiaunoa, said. “Staying confident and playing hard, which is what we do best. When we have that chip on our shoulder it’s hard to beat us. We’re some dirty dogs around here. I truly believe that if we keep grinding and believing in one another, we’ll be alright.
The goal for this team from the beginning of the season was always a Mountain West Conference Championship. But, that path is a lot harder now. For the Cowboys, their mantra, is to go one and oh for the week and drown out the outside noise.
“You only play one team in a week, that’s the only team we have to focus on. If we keep focusing on the outsiders and these different types of scenarios and trying to get distracted, it might get to us. But, I think this team is pretty level headed and everybody’s on the same page with what we have to do this week. Which is going one and oh.
Friday Night Football for the second week in a row for the Pokes. An 8:45 PM kickoff from Las Vegas and we’re all going to be watching it very closely.
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