April 13, 2006
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
In the end, the score belonged to the offense, but for most of Wyoming's final scrimmage of spring training Thursday night at War Memorial Stadium, the defense got the best of things.
Thanks to a scoring system devised by the Cowboy coaching staff, the offense won the one hour and fifty minute, 94-play scrum, 48-31. But it had to produce a touchdown and some points thanks to the scoring system to pull away from the defense late in the scrimmage. The "D" forced three fumbles, intercepted two passes and blocked a field goal for the lion's share of its point total. The offense scored two passing touchdowns and one rushing TD.
While the offense could score by conventional means, it also earned points for first downs (one point) and plays over 25 yards (two points). The defense earned points for "three-and-outs" (one point), sacks (one point), fourth-down stops (two points), interceptions (three points) and fumble recoveries (three points).
Thanks to that scoring system the defense actually jumped out to a 13-3 lead. The offense came back to take an 18-15 lead, only to have the defense come back to tie the game at 18, 25, 28 and 29. The offense took the lead for good at 31-30.
"We did some good things on offense," Head Coach Joe Glenn said following the scrimmage. "But we can't help but be concerned about a couple of fumbles and a couple of interceptions. We tried that last year, and it didn't work," he continued tongue-in-cheek. "We've got to clean that up.
"It looked like Jake (Doss, 6-2, 210, Jr.) had the better night at quarterback. We'll go into fall camp just about right where we are now. I did think Stinson (Dean, 6-2, 215, So.) was consistent enough to put himself in the hunt. And the more familiar Ian (Hetrick, 6-2, 190, Jr.) becomes with the system, who knows. I'm just glad all four are here."
Dean threw for the most yards of the four, 128 on 7 of 15 through the air, but he threw two interceptions. Doss was 8 of 12 for 104 yards and a touchdown. Hetrick was 3 of 5 for 36 yards and the other Cowboy touchdown through the air. Karsten Sween (6-2, 204, RFr.) was 3 of 11 for 7 yards. As a group, the quarterbacks were 21 of 43 for 272 yards, two touchdowns and the two picks.
"For the most part, the defense played well," Glenn said. "Those guys move well, and have done a great job of adjusting to the new scheme. We are excited where we are with them right now.
"Our linebackers are especially athletic, and they played well tonight. What more can you say about John Wendling, and the spring he has had at safety? He is a great leader, and a heck of a player."
Sean Claffey (6-3, 240, Jr.) led the linebacking corps with a huge night. He finished with eight total tackles, including three sacks for a minus 24 yards, three tackles for losses of 24 yards, a fumble recovery which he returned for 20 yards, and an interception which he brought back 41 yards. Wendling posted three total tackles two pass-break-ups and a blocked field goal.
The Cowboys rushed for 100 net yards on 42 carries for the evening. Veteran Wynel Seldon (6-0, 205, So.) led the rushers with 50 yards on 10 carries. His long run was 11 yards. Devin Moore (5-9, 182, So.), who scored the scrimmage's only rushing touchdown, carried 13 times for 44 yards. His long run was 15 yards. His touchdown was a 13-yard gallop. He also caught one pass for 18 yards.
The kicking game was less than impressive. Jake Scott (5-8, 157, RFr.) attempted two field goals, missing one from 23 yards and having the other of 27 yards blocked. He also punted twice for an average of 22 yards. Punter Mitch Cozad (5-10, 220, So.) punted four times for an average of 38 yards.
"We need help in the kicking game, and we've got help coming this fall," Glenn said. "We are not where we need to be in that area."
Each side totalled 45 yards in penalties, the offense on seven flags, and the defense on three.
There was only one injury of any note from the game. Running back Jimmy DeAndrea (6-0, 205, RFr.) suffered a shoulder separation.
"There is a lot of potential on this team. But that word scares me. We have to push these kids to reach that potential."