University of Wyoming football coach Craig Bohl said he would wait to give his thoughts on his team’s passing game until he had time to review video from the Cowboys’ 21-16 victory over Idaho on Saturday.
UW passed for just 50 yards in the win, which dropped its season average to 81.7 yards per game. That average ranks 128th out of 130 Football Bowl Subdivision teams.
On Monday, Bohl provided his thoughts after what he described as a meticulous dissection of the game film.
“First of all, it starts with protection,” Bohl said. “We weren’t protecting Sean (Chambers) as well as we need to, and that’s not to sugar coat some of his lack of performance, but that’s where it starts.
“There were times he was hit just as he released the football, or threw with somebody in his face. You’re going to have some of that, but we had too much.”
However, the offensive line isn’t the only unit that deserves blame for UW’s passing struggles. There is plenty of blame to go around, Bohl added.
“(Chambers) has to get his feet set better,” he said. “There are times he is rushing some things. Sometimes when he is on the run, he is out of sync a little bit. Some of the balls that were thrown were catchable balls, but not ideal balls. It’s a three-headed monster.”
Offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Brent Vigen echoed Bohl’s thoughts.
“The passing game is an 11-man deal,” he said. “In each game, the problems have been a little bit different. We had some protection challenges this past game, but the problems were different the first two games.
“This needs to be a more concentrated group effort. We need to protect, we need to throw the ball more accurately, and we need to make catches that sometimes aren’t the easiest. At the end of the day, our numbers are what they are, and we need to correct that.”
Bohl coached linebackers at Tulsa during the 1985 and ’86 seasons. He briefly reflected on that bullet point on his résumé Monday.
“Lovie Smith and I were on staff together; he was a young coach also,” Bohl said of the current Illinois head coach and former Chicago Bears coach. “We painted the steps, we hung ceiling tile in the players locker room. The stadium has changed, and has really been updated since that time.
“It was a great two years there. I can date myself a little bit when I say this: There was no videotape back then. It was 16mm film, and the guy who filmed it was a daytime plumber. They’re probably in a much better position right now.”
UNLV kickoff set
The Cowboys’ Sept. 28 home game with UNLV will kick off at 6 p.m. at War Memorial Stadium.
The game will be televised by ESPNU, and UW is promoting the game as a “white out,” encouraging fans to show up in white shirts.
Senior cornerback Antonio Hull has missed UW’s first three games because he has been in his native California dealing with what Bohl has described as a personal issue. Hull was expected to arrive back in Laramie Monday night and speak with Bohl about his future with the program today.
The Cowboys got one vote in the Coaches Poll. They had three last week.