A preview of Nebraska's next opponent as published in The World-Herald on Sept. 8.
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Overall record: 1-0
Offensive yards per play: 5.74 (T-70th)
Defensive yards per play: 6.08 (T-101st)
Turnover margin: plus-1.00 (T-28th)
Penalty yards per game: 100.0 (116th)
Sagarin strength of schedule: 103rd
Craig Bohl (7-18 at Wyoming, 111-50 overall)
A familiar face returns to Memorial Stadium. Bohl was a Nebraska player (1977-79), G.A. (1981-83) and assistant (1995-2002) — the last three of those years as defensive coordinator. Took his first head coaching job after being let go by the Huskers, and led North Dakota State to a 104-32 record and three FCS championships over 11 years. Wyoming has presented a bigger challenge — the Cowboys own just three winning seasons since 2000. Bohl has started out with 4-8 and 2-10 records.
Coordinator: Brent Vigen
Wyoming runs some of the same stuff that North Dakota State did so successfully, and hopes Josh Allen can be the triggerman to make it work. The sophomore quarterback showed flashes in his second career start last week, passing for 245 yards and two touchdowns and also scrambling for the winning score in triple overtime. The Cowboys surround him with decent skill players at tailback (Brian Hill) and receiver (Tanner Gentry, Jake Maulhardt). Allen was Mountain West Conference offensive player of the week to start the season.
Coordinator: Steve Stanard
Wyoming had some patchwork to do after ranking No. 114 last season in rushing defense (225.2 yards per game), No. 92 in total defense (422.1) and No. 102 in scoring defense (34.0). The Cowboys returned their entire back seven from a year ago, however, and Bohl likes the speed. Stanard also is returning home, having been a player and student assistant coach at Nebraska, and also an assistant at Nebraska Wesleyan.
PLAYER TO WATCH
Tailback Brian Hill
The junior already is closing in on Wyoming’s all-time rushing record, bumping his career total to 2,560 yards last week with a hard-earned 133 against Northern Illinois. The 6-foot-1, 219-pound product of Belleville, Illinois, led the Mountain West last season at 135.9 yards per game. “He runs hard. He pushes the pile,” Nebraska defensive coordinator Mark Banker said. “He’s got great balance, great toughness. He does not go down.” Hill topped 200 yards four times last season, with a career-high 242 on 21 carries against Eastern Michigan.
THEY SAID IT
“They’re committed to running it. It will be one of our greatest opportunities this year to go against their run game.” Wyoming defensive coordinator Steve Stanard, to Casper Star-Tribune
“We really believe in being a physical team, being able to run the football and play good defense. We have steps to go, but we’re starting to see the stamp of the program we want to have.” Cowboys coach Craig Bohl
“This is a team that is going to be on the rise.” NU coach Mike Riley on Wyoming
35:39: Wyoming time of possession in regulation Saturday vs. Northern Illinois.
35: Wyoming first downs in a 37-34 loss at Nebraska in 2013, the most ever accumulated by a Husker opponent.
.111: The road winning percentage by Wyoming over the last three seasons (2-16).
Sept. 3 N. Illinois, W 40-34(3OT)
Sept. 10 at Nebraska
Sept. 17 UC Davis
Sept. 23 at Eastern Michigan
Oct. 1 at Colorado State
Oct. 8 Air Force
Oct. 22 at Nevada
Oct. 29 Boise State
Nov. 5 Utah State
Nov. 12 at UNLV
Nov. 19 San Diego State
Nov. 26 at New Mexico