Sept. 13, 2011
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
Saturday's matchup between the Wyoming Cowboys and Bowling Green Falcons will feature two of the nation's top offenses. The game will kick off at 10 a.m., Mountain Time (Noon Eastern) from Doyt L. Perry Stadium in Bowling Green, Ohio.
Wyoming enters this third week of the 2011 season ranked No. 10 in the nation in total offense (540.5 yards per game), No. 12 in the NCAA in rushing offense (275.5 yards per game) and No. 35 in passing offense (265.0 yards per game). Bowling Green is one spot behind the Pokes in total offense (525.0 yards per game) as it is ranked No. 11 in the country. The Falcons are ranked No. 22 in the NCAA in both rushing (227.5 ypg) and passing offense (297.5 ypg). Both schools are also among the nation's leaders in scoring. Bowling Green is averaging 45.0 points per game to rank No. 18 in the country. Wyoming is averaging 40.0 points per game to rank No. 32 in the NCAA.
The two starting quarterbacks, Brett Smith for Wyoming and Matt Schilz for Bowling Green rank highly in a number of statistical categories. Smith is ranked No. 12 in the country in total offense (323.5 ypg), while Schilz is No. 33 (276.0 ypg). Both are in the Top 25 in passing. Smith is averaging 265.0 yards passing to rank No. 25. Schilz is averaging 274.5 yards through the air to rank No. 22.
The Wyoming defense had an outstanding performance last week against Texas State. Wyoming held the Bobcats to 189 yards of total offense and only 77 rushing yards. The previous week versus Texas Tech, the Texas State Bobcats racked up 331 yards of total offense and 256 rushing yards.
Junior-college transfer Korey Jones has had an immediate impact on the Wyoming defense in his first year with the Cowboys. Jones currently leads Wyoming in sacks (3.0) and tackles for loss (5.0), and he ranks third on the team in total tackles (13). Against Texas State on Sept. 10, Jones recorded 3.0 sacks and 4.0 tackles for loss. His 3.0 sacks came on three consecutive plays at a critical time for the Cowboys. On a Texas State series that began at Wyoming's own 39-yard line and the Cowboys holding on to a 14-10 lead in the second quarter, Jones sacked Texas State's quarterback for five yards on first down, five more yards on second down and 14 yards on third down to drive the Bobcats back to the Wyoming 49-yard line and forced the Bobcats to punt. Jones' 3.0 sacks ties him for fourth on the UW single-game sack list.
Wyoming's first-year offensive coordinator Gregg Brandon has utilized a very balanced offense through the first two weeks of the season. Wyoming has run 88 rushing plays and threw 73 passes on the season. The rushing attack has generated 551 net rushing yards, while the passing game has accounted for 530 yards.
Brandon will be returning this week to a school where he enjoyed a lot of success -- Bowling Green. He was the head coach at Bowling Green for six seasons from 2003-08. During that six-year span, Brandon's teams posted a 44-30 record and appeared in three bowl games, defeating Northwestern in the 2003 Motor City Bowl, defeated Memphis in the 2004 GMAC Bowl and played Tulsa in the 2007 GMAC Bowl. His teams at Bowling Green recorded impressive wins over Purdue (27-26 in 2003), at Minnesota (32-31 in 2007) and at Pittsburgh (27-17 in 2008). Brandon was also an assistant coach at Bowling Green in 2001 and 2002.
From 1987 to 1990, Brandon was the wide receivers coach at Wyoming under head coach Paul Roach. The Cowboys won back-to-back WAC titles in 1987 and `88 and appeared in three bowl games -- the 1987 and `88 Holiday Bowls and the 1990 Copper Bowl.
Last Saturday, the Wyoming Cowboys unveiled their new brown helmets for the first time in a game and included a special 9/11 and Military Day tribute by donning a red, white and blue Bucking Horse decal on the helmets. Nationally-known CNBC Sports Business Reporter Darren Rovell tweeted on Saturday:"No team will top Wyoming's 9/11 tribute helmets" Rovell's tweet can be found here.
As with all Wyoming Football games, the Cowboy Sports Network will broadcast the game live on its 25 affiliate stations throughout Wyoming, Colorado and South Dakota, beginning with the pregame show one hour before kickoff.
Saturday's game between the Wyoming Cowboys and Bowling Green Falcons will be televised locally in Ohio on BCSN, and will also be available live on ESPN3. The direct link for Wyoming's game on ESPN3 is here.
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