| Cougars (1-1) vs Cowboys (0-2)|
AT A GLANCE
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Players to Know
QB Cameron Coffman: The Indiana transfer won the starting job in the spring but got banged up (knee) in the loss to North Dakota. He passed for 282 yards and two touchdowns in his only start.
RB Brian Hill A solid workhorse, Hill carried the load against Eastern Michigan to the tune of 242 yards and two touchdowns. That it wasn't nearly enough to win the game is a testament to how deep Wyoming's problems run. Hill is averaging and incredible 8.8 yards per rush in the early going this season.
It's hard to know what to make of Wyoming's offense. They passed for 301 yards and ran for 29 hashes in the opener, and ran for 430 yards and passed for 32 yards in Week Two. Neither was anywhere near adequate to compensate for the Cowboy's struggling defense. Getting Coffman back is a huge boost to their passing game, but a controlled power running game is more their style.
Wyoming is apt to try and win this game Portland State-style and they have the kind of ground game to think they can do it. Expect a heavy dosage of running plays and a strong effort to control the clock. The Cougs need to do a better job tackling and force the Cowboys to beat them through the air.
6.0 yards per rush: It's hard to believe a team averaging that on the ground can be struggling this badly, but they are.
THE COWBOYS ON DEFENSE
Players to Know
Eddie Yarborough, DE: Yarbrough is Wyoming's only true defensive star. A first team all-conference player as a sophomore and junior and ranks sixth nationally in career tackles for a loss.
Wyoming generally runs a Tampa-2, but it has been tremendously ineffective. Opponents are averaging 5.0 yards per rush and 10.1 yards per pass attempt. Additionally, the Cowboy defense has yet to generate a turnover and has just one sack.
Rutgers ran two deep safeties against Luke Falk most of the day and he had little trouble with it. Be patient and take what they give you. I expect Wyoming's primary defensive strategy, out of necessity, to be based around trying to generate interceptions.
Allowing 467 yards per game: Wyoming has not faced top shelf offenses but has been thoroughly gashed in both matchups.
THE COWBOYS ON SPECIAL TEAMS
Wyoming has little confidence in their kicker. He has missed both his field goal attempts (42, 43) as well as one extra point this season. The Cowboys have not returned a kick for a touchdown since 2011, but nobody can be taken lightly.
There have been some return miscues from Kyrin Priester and Tavares Martin (pictured above) but you also get the sense one of them is about to take a punt or kickoff back all the way. Is Wyoming the game? Wyoming has been stingy on punt and kickoff coverage so far this season, one of the few things they've done well.