Moore Leads Offense in Spring Game

Solid blocking and a new offensive scheme have helped Devin Moore pile up the yards this spring…

Devin Moore didn't take much credit for himself.

But he couldn't give it all to the offensive line either.

"I think it's about half and half," he said after the Cowboys finished their final spring practice on Saturday. "That offensive line, you can see it yourself, gaping holes there. But with that being said, the offense that's put into play, it is kind of spreading the defense and making them run a little more and making the blocks easier for the offensive linemen."

And that makes things relatively simple for Moore and his fellow ball carriers.

"As running backs, we need to read the holes to get it going," he said. "That's what we did today."

Saturday's Spring Game gave offensive coordinator Bob Cole his second chance of the year to showcase his new offense, and Moore and the rest of the running backs made it look effective on the ground, piling up 171 yards on 48 carries and scoring five touchdowns.

Cole's system hasn't involved a complete overhaul of the Cowboys' rushing attack, but Wyoming has added a fullback, more motions and a few extra options into the mix. It doesn't hurt that all five of the Pokes' starting offensive linemen are back for another season either.

"I still say the biggest difference between our football team from a year ago to right now is our offensive line," said head coach Joe Glenn, who added that the changes to the offense have made the Cowboys "more effective at running the football and harder to defend."

Moore led the way on Saturday, piling up 72 yards on 12 carries and scoring a pair of touchdowns. Fellow senior Wynel Seldon added 10 carries for 34 yards and two TDs, and redshirt freshman James Davis had five rushes for 27 yards and a score.

Perhaps more importantly, the Cowboys had no fumbles in the game, something Moore said he's been focusing on all week.

"That's always a good thing, as a running back group and also just as an offense," he said. "That's (my focus) every week."

Moore had problems holding onto the ball during the Pokes' first spring scrimmage last Saturday, but he still managed to roll up 111 yards rushing on just eight carries. A week later, he and his running mates appeared to have the whole package in place, helping the No. 1 offense to five scores in six series against the No. 2 defense.

"We protected the ball real well today—only one interception, and we didn't have one fumble—so that is good stuff," Glenn said. "I believe we were much more efficient on offense and limited our penalties."

The Spring Game concluded Wyoming's 15 spring practices. The Cowboys are tentatively scheduled to report for fall practice on Sunday, Aug. 3 and conduct their first practice on Monday, Aug. 4. They will kick off the 2008 season on Saturday, Aug. 30 when they host Ohio in a game scheduled for 12 p.m. Mountain Time.

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