BOISE, Idaho – University of Wyoming senior linebacker Logan Wilson can personally relate to what Cooper Rothe felt Saturday night.
Rothe hooked a 37-yard potential game-extending field goal in overtime, sending Boise State fans home happy with a 20-17 victory. After the game, Wilson shared his tough experiences as a high school kicker.
“I was a kicker in high school. I lost the state championship my junior year on one. It sucks,” the Casper Natrona County graduate said, referring to the 2013 Class 4A state title game. “It sucks … But there were way more plays throughout the course of the game that we could have made.”.
To a man, while admitting losing a game in such a manner was brutal, UW players and coaches said that it wasn’t Rothe’s kick that decided the game. Instead, it was a sum total of missed opportunities over four quarters of play.
“I’ll talk to him,” Wilson said. “Because he needs to know that game was not lost because of him.”
Valladay held (relatively) in check
Coming off of 280 total yards against Nevada two weeks ago, sophomore running back Xazavian Valladay was held to 145 total yards on 39 touches. Valladay, who entered Saturday averaging 5.3 yards per carry, averaged 3.4 against Boise State.
Valladay also briefly went down with a leg injury during the third quarter but returned shortly thereafter and scored his touchdown, a 21-yard scamper up the middle where he went untouched.
That run was his longest of the night and was one of relatively few opportunities he had for chunk plays. Valladay had four runs of 12 yards or more Saturday.
“(Boise State had) a good defensive scheme and, you know, they did the best that they could do just to prevent those things from happening,” Valladay said. “Credit to them and … we’ll try to do better next week.”
“A lot to play for”
After the disappointment subsides, Wilson believes the Pokes still have plenty to play for.
Wyoming is bowl eligible at 6-3 and has a chance at a 10-win season should they get that bowl invite. The Cowboys play at Utah State next week followed by a home matchup with Colorado State and regular season finale at Air Force.
Wyoming has not won 10 games since 1996.
“We still have a lot to play for,” Wilson said. “It’s hard right now. We’re going to let this one sting and sit on us for a little bit … come Monday, we’ll be ready for Utah State.”