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Wyoming coach hoping to contain Cougar rushing attack

Wyoming coach hoping to contain Cougar rushing attack



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LARAMIE, Wyo. -- Wyoming (4-4, 2-2 MWC) is one of five MWC teams yet to beat the Bronco Mendenhall led BYU Cougars, something new Head Coach Dave Christensen would like to see change this Saturday when the two teams face off in Laramie.

"I've come here to do a job. [Wyoming] has hired me to rebuild the program," Christensen told KSL. "We have a long ways to go and a lot of work to get done, but we are taking steps and moving in the right direction."

The Cowboys are heading down the right track, lead by freshman quarterback Austyn Carta-Samuels. Carta-Samuels replaced Robert Benjamin as the starting quarterback after the Cowboys lost 24-0 to Colorado. He won his first three games as the starter before losing to both Air Force and Utah.

"He is a mature young man who has come in and done a nice job directing our offense," Christensen said. "Our biggest challenge is that we need to get the 10 other guys on the field doing their job to take some pressure off of him."

Last week against the Utes, Carta-Samuels led the Cowboys to a 10-3 halftime lead. He scored the only touchdown of the half, a 30 yard reception from backup QB Robert Benjamin on a double pass.

BYU (6-2, 3-1 MWC) has had plenty of time to get ready for the Cowboys with a bye last week. BYU has won their last four games coming off a bye week and should be eager to get back out on the field after their 38-7 home loss to TCU.

Defensively, the Cowboys will be looking to slow down the Cougars' rushing attack, led by Harvey Unga. "If you allow them to run the football it will open up their passing game," Christensen said.

Kickoff for Saturday's showdown is scheduled for 12:00 p.m. You can hear more from Coach Christensen during the BYU pregame show on KSL Newsradio 102.7FM/1160AM beginning at 10:00 a.m.

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