In a stunning 27 to 10 upset, the struggling San Diego team pulled out a hard win against the top ranked Wyoming State University. The game was a rout, starting with a disappointing fumble by University of Wyoming, and ending with completely scoreless third and fourth quarters.
This is only San Diego’s third win so far in the season, so this isn’t going to change the outcome of their season by very much. However, the upset is the game that will keep Wyoming State out of the playoffs this year.
“It’s been a long season so far,” Scott Thomas, head coach for San Diego said, “It’s hard for a team with this many sophomore players to get it together but they’re starting to get it together.”
Although it’s not completely unheard of for a team to be as young as San Diego, it is unusual to have so many younger players in starting roles. If Thomas is right and this game is a sign of things to come for San Diego, this bodes well for their chances next year and the year after.
When asked about Wyoming, Thomas stated, “They’re a great team. The way they were playing out there, though, it was almost like they expected us to go down easily, and were surprised that we fought back.”
Wyoming was subdued after the game, as losing their chance at a playoff spot was not the expected outcome of a game against the ailing San Diego team.
“San Diego played a surprisingly strong game,” said University of Wyoming head coach Glen Torrance. “We weren’t expecting their offense to run the ball as well as they did.”
To the credit of U of Wyoming and Glen Torrance, however, they didn’t go into the game last Saturday in the best shape. The Wyoming team has been plagued with injuries this season. Since last week, starting safety Martin Nash has been out with a dislocated shoulder, and wide receiver Lars Pearson has been out with a sprained wrist. This is on top of the other injuries that the team has sustained in the past month.
Looking forward, San Diego has another tough game coming up against Fresno. Although Thomas is confident that the team has turned a corner in the strength of their playing, just how much of a change they’ve made since the first half of the season waits to be seen.
Wyoming State goes on the road next week to play Boise State. Under ordinary circumstances, this would be a match-up that doesn’t cause them much concern. However, considering their performance last Saturday, they should be careful not to get too complacent.