Offensive Improvement

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I believe this is the second time this season that I have used this title.  Last time it was a hope and a dream, but now it is reality backed up by yards, points and wins.  The Cowboy offense, despite losing their starting quaterback and top two receivers from a year ago, is blowing away the offensive statistics that they posted during Christensen’s first two seasons.  The biggest knock on the Cowboys coming into 2011 was that having to start a true freshman quarterback would hamper a team that otherwise was poised to move up the Mountain West Conference ranks.  After four games that theory can be officially dispelled.  While the Cowboys may yet have some growing pains with Smith at the helm, the true freshman has already won a game with a last minute drive and has blown away the passing numbers from the previous two seasons under Christensen.  In fact Smith is only 4 touchdown passes away from surpassing the Cowboy touchdown pass total from a year ago and 5 away from surpassing the 2009 mark.  His ability to throw touchdowns is a big reason that Cowboy scoring offense has jumped from an anemic 19.2 points per game to 30.5.

Points Per Game (National Rank out of 120, Mtn West Rank out of 8 )
2011: 30.5 (58, 4)
2010: 19.2 (107, 6)

When it comes to moving the ball this season’s Cowboy offense has been a cut above what Wyoming has seen since the Bramlet era.  The Cowboy offense is moving up and down the field utilizing Smith, 3 running backs and virtually every receiver on the roster.  Through four games the offense has not established a single “go to” receiver, or a featured running back.  Instead the Pokes have been a plug and go offense and whoever is on the field for a given play may end up with the ball.  The offensive improvement is self evident in the numbers posted below.

Rushing Offense
2011: 204.25 YPG (31, 3)
2010: 119.5 YPG (99, 6 )

Passing Offense
2011: 241.3 YPG (31, 3 )
2010: 166 YPG (100, 7)

Total Offense
2011: 445.5 YPG (32, 3)
2010: 285.5 YPG (116, 7 )

Yards Per Play
2011: 6.0
2010: 5.0

Cowboy fans were disappointed with the outcome of last Saturday’s game against Nebraska and the Cowboys certainly seemed that they were capable of more, but even with the poor execution and at times lackluster offense, the Pokes still posted 305 yards.  That 305 yards bests the yardage totals for last years games against Texas, Boise State, Air Force, Toledo, TCU, BYU and UNLV.  So it appears that a disappointing performance from this year’s offense is still better than what Cowboy fans are used to.

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Topics: Air Force, Boise State, Brett Smith, BYU, Cowboys, Dave Christensen, Football, Nebraska, TCU, Texas, Toledo, UNLV, Wyoming

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