The University of Wyoming is moving forward with its effort to replace football coach Dave Christensen who was fired Sunday. U-W Athletics Director Tom Burman said at a news conference that the school is prepared to make a competitive offer and he says the U-W Trustees and Acting President Dick McGinity are behind his efforts to drastically improve the football program.
“I feel good that we all know that this is an extremely important hire for the University and for me. I need their support and I feel that I absolutely have it.”
After five seasons Wyoming football coach Dave Christensen has been fired. Christensen had 27 wins and 35 losses in his tenure and his teams were only 16 and 23 in the Mountain West Conference. He did take Wyoming to two bowl games, winning one. The last appearance was in 2011.
U-W Athletics Director Tom Burman said the football program“ has not achieved at the level of success we expect.”
It’s been a rough month for the Wyoming football team, but on Saturday Brett Smith had a record setting day throwing for seven touchdowns and running for another as the Cowboys held off Hawaii 59-56 in overtime.
“People who are around the complex just understand how hard we work and the time that everybody puts it. When you have a performance like that as an offense, when you are playing at that high of a level, especially when you win…the feeling is indescribable. That’s why I play the game” said Smith.
In college football, Wyoming bolted to a 21 point lead, but had to hold on Saturday to beat New Mexico 38 to 31.
The Cowboys jumped ahead 21-0, watched New Mexico tied it at 24 early in the fourth quarter, before Brett Smith scored on back to back touchdowns including a 48 yard run that put the game away. Smith was concerned that the offense stalled in the middle of the game, but he said once the Lobos tied it, it seemed to energize the team.
The Wyoming Cowboys football team returns to the road Saturday against Texas State. The Cowboys are coming off of their best offensive effort in 15 years and Head Coach Dave Christensen has been preaching focus and preparation with his team this week.
He noted earlier in the week that his team hasn’t always played with the same energy every week and Christensen wants to follow-up on the Air Force win with another great effort.
Wyoming and Air Force renew their college football rivalry Saturday night in Colorado Springs when the two teams meet to open the Mountain West Conference season. Wyoming is focused on getting its offense back on track while preparing for the difficult Air Force offense.
Air Force uses a lot of option…where the Quarterback can either hand the ball off…pitch it to a running back…or run the ball himself. This season Air Force is throwing the ball as well and Wyoming Coach Dave Christensen says it makes the Falcons difficult to play.
The Wyoming Cowboys football team beat Northern Colorado Saturday by the score of 35 to 7. But the Cowboys offense is disappointed that it has not been more consistent. After another slow first quarter, Wyoming scored 21 second quarter points to lead 21 to nothing.
But the offense only scored one more touchdown and failed to connect on several additional scoring opportunities.
The Wyoming Cowboys football team is hoping to make it two straight wins Saturday/today when the Pokes host Northern Colorado.
U-N-C typically plays a level below Wyoming, and so the Cowboys are heavily favored to win. But Head Coach Dave Christensen notes that Wyoming lost to a lower division team last year, and he’s reminded his players of that. Christensen says that the Bears will present some challenges.
After a slow start on offense the Wyoming Cowboys football team rattled off 42 straight points on the way to a 42-10 victory over Idaho on Saturday.
Wyoming’s Quarterback Brett Smith started out 1 for 10 throwing the ball and the Cowboys failed to score in the first quarter. But thanks to Wyoming’s defense, Idaho couldn’t take advantage. Head Coach Dave Christensen says the defense dominated the game.
Wyoming hosts Idaho Saturday and hopes to build on last weekend’s near upset of Nebraska. Wyoming raised a lot of eyebrows across the country last weekend with its ability to move the ball against a normally stout Nebraska defense.
The key last week was Wyoming’s offensive line. The line was re-tooled at the end of last season and Head Coach Dave Christensen said this week that it has exceeded his expectations.
According to the Laramie main street alliance’s executive director, Trey Sherwood, business owners in retail and food services look forward to the football season’s home games to boost Laramie’s foot traffic and the overall number of people walking through their doors.
“We see the most feedback from our restaurants in terms of them being busy for either lunch or dinner, depending on what time the game is.”, says Sherwood.
She also says that bars see their business pick up the most on the nights after home games.
As the Wyoming Cowboys prepare for their home football opener against Idaho, Head Coach Dave Christensen says there is no doubt that his team is better than past years.
People have taken note of Wyoming’s near upset of 18th ranked Nebraska. While the offense impressed a lot of people, Christensen is raving about the improved play of his defense that was worn down in the third quarter, but bounced back to help the team rally.
The Wyoming Cowboys football team has a daunting task this weekend. The Cowboys travel to face the 18th ranked Nebraska Cornhuskers who have won 27 straight season openers. Nebraska features one of the top offenses in the Big Ten Conference, led by Quarterback Taylor Martinez. Wyoming Head Coach Dave Christensen is impressed with their size.
“They are difficult to defend because they got great players. They have an offensive line that is 6-6, 6-7, 6-7…320 pounds…they’re bulldozers”
The Wyoming Cowboys football team remains winless after losing Saturday to Cal-Poly 24 to 22.
Cal Poly's Deonte Williams rushed for 187 yards, including a 65-yard score on the game's fourth play.
Wyoming rallied from an early 14 point deficit to lead 15-14 at the half. But without injured Quarterback Brett Smith, the Cowboys struggled to get much going on offense and the defense struggled for the third straight game.
The Wyoming Cowboys football team begins play Saturday (today) at nationally ranked Texas.
The Cowboys lost to the Longhorns in Wyoming football coach Dave Christensen’s first two seasons. He says his team is better this year, but they will have to prove it.
It’s just a different team, we’ve got more depth, we are just a better football team. Texas is a good team too, as they have been every time we’ve played them. Our kids have competed well for a half both times we’ve played them. Our challenge is that we’ve got to go out and compete well for 60 minutes.
The Wyoming Cowboys football team opens the season at nationally ranked Texas Saturday night. The Cowboys have spent the offseason trying to fine tune their defense, which struggled at times last season. Head Coach Dave Christensen says his defense is showing improvement.
“I like our guys in the secondary; I think they’ve practiced well. Not as experienced at linebacker, is probably the one place where we will gain experience as we go along. I like the way we’ve been playing up front with our defensive line. Now we have to go out and get it done on Saturday afternoon’s.”
University of Wyoming coach Dave Christensen says he has agreed in principle to a new, five-year contract. Christensen and athletic director Tom Burman confirmed the agreement Saturday, the day the Cowboys were beaten by Temple 37-15 in the New Mexico Bowl in Albuquerque, N.M.
Burman said that Christensen would get a substantial raise. No other details of the pending contract were announced. Burman says he expects the contract to be finalized this week.
The Wyoming Cowboys football team has reached a goal, but the head coach says there is more to do. With Saturday’s 31-10 win over New Mexico, the Cowboys became eligible for a post season bowl game with a 7-3 record. It’s a goal that few thought was possible with Wyoming starting a freshman quarterback and several other young players. But Head Coach Dave Christensen said Saturday that he always believed.