Aug. 16, 2010
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
Last Friday, the defense had the upper hand as the Wyoming Cowboys conducted their initial fall scrimmage. Tuesday morning, the Cowboys will continue their preparation for the 2010 season when they will hold their second scrimmage of the fall in War Memorial Stadium. Tuesday's practice will begin at 8:45 a.m. The scrimmage portion of the practice will start around 9:20 a.m.
Head coach Dave Christensen said his plans for the second scrimmage were the same as they were in the first -- continued evaluation of all personnel through a scrimmage that would again include approximately 120 plays.
The No. 1 offense will face the No. 2 defense and the No. 2 offense will face the No. 1 defense for the majority of the scrimmage. No. 3 offensive and defensive units will also continue to get equal reps against one another. There will be about 10 plays in the fourth period of Tuesday's six-period scrimmage that will pit the No. 1 units on offense and defense against one another in a series that will begin at the offense's 40-yard line. The final period of the scrimmage will feature a two-minute offensive drill, beginning at the offense's own 35.
Fans attending Friday's scrimmage will once again need to sit in the west stands of War Memorial Stadium. The east side of War Memorial is still a construction zone as the final stages of remodeling on the east stands and construction of the new Wildcatter Stadium Club & Suites are nearing completion.
Tuesday will mark the 15th practice of fall camp for the Pokes. They have two other planned scrimmages on Saturday, Aug. 21 at 10 a.m. and on Wednesday, Aug. 25 at 3:30 p.m. All scrimmages are planned for War Memorial Stadium.
The same scoring system that was utilized in the first scrimmage last Friday will again be used on Tuesday. That scoring system will award the offense and defense points based on certain plays. The offense will earn a normal six points for a touchdown, one point for a point-after-touchdown, two points for a two-point PAT and three points for a field goal. In addition, the offense may earn one point for each play of 20+ yards and one point for each first down.
The defense may earn five points each for an interception or a recovered fumble. If they return an interception or fumble recovery for a TD, the defense will receive 12 points. The defense will earn three points for forcing a punt, blocking a field goal or by stopping the offense on a fourth-down play on the offense's side of the 50. Two points will be awarded to the defense for a safety, a quarterback sack, stopping the offense on a fourth-down play on the defense's side of the 50 or stopping a two-point conversion attempt. Finally one point will be earned by the defense for forcing a missed field goal, tackling a ball carrier for a loss of yardage, blocking a point-after-touchdown attempt or when holding the offense to a field goal after the offense began its series in the red-zone (inside the defense's 20-yard line).