They’ve Got to Find a Way to Get the Passing Game Going

Aug 27, 2022; Champaign, IL, USA; Wyoming Cowboys quarterback Andrew Peasley (6) looks to throw against the Illinois Fighting Illini during the first quarter at Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Troy Babbitt-UW Media-Athletics

by Keith Kelley–30 Aug ’22

There were a lot of question marks surrounding Wyoming’s quarterback battle this offseason. Utah State transfer Andrew Peasley came out of training camp as the guy. Now we know that Jayden Clemons is the backup QB for the Pokes, after Monday’s two-deep was released by head coach Craig Bohl. There’s still a lot of questions after last Saturday’s 38-6 loss at Illinois. Peasley was 5-20 for 30 yards and an interception. There were a lot of reasons for that performance, but Bohl said that one thing didn’t cause the issue, and that was the pass protection.

“The protection was there,” said Bohl. “Between the guys running the routes, their catching ability and Andrew’s (Peasley) accuracy needs to improve. And it needs to improve significantly. Those numbers are there, I think we were 5-20 for 30 yards passing. We ran the ball well, but we’ve got to throw the ball and complete the ball.”

Wyoming sophomore wide receiver Will Pelissier caught his first ball as a Cowboy in the loss. The Big Horn, Wyoming native says there’s a lot they can work on this week in practice. And they’ll have to, if they want to beat a good Tulsa team.

“I don’t think there’s a whole let we can pinpoint,” said Pelissier. “Illinois is not a bad team whatsoever, but obviously, collectively as a group, we underperformed. We know that we have a better performance out there, so we can’t really dwell on that (Illinois) game. We’re going to go in and watch the film today (Monday) and correct what we can, but all this focus has to go into to Tulsa this week, because they’re a darn good team as well.”

Wyoming hosts Tulsa Saturday afternoon at War Memorial Stadium. Kickoff is set for 1:30 pm.

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