Saturday, November 22, 2008

Farris, Morton burn UW secondary thrice

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Wyoming sophomore Chris Prosinski steps in front of a CSU receiver for an interception on Saturday.

By Richard Anderson

Joe Glenn warned us. He said before the game that the Cowboys couldn’t let the talented Colorado State receivers get past the Wyoming secondary.

Unfortunately for Wyoming, Glenn’s forewarning came true. CSU quarterback Billy Farris connected on three long touchdown passes to wide receiver Dion Morton and the Rams won the Bronze Boot again with a 31-20 come-from-behind victory Saturday at War Memorial Stadium.

“Third and long is tough,” Glenn said. “They were great plays by CSU … great throws, great catches and athletic. Give them all the credit. All three were in third and long, I think. They out-played us in that regard.”

Trailing 14-3 with less than a minute left in the first half, Farris and Morton connected on a huge 51-yard touchdown pass that took a little air out the Cowboys’ sails.

“That one definitely hurt. Going into half 14-3 would have been nice,” Wyoming sophomore safety Chris Prosinski said. “They all hurt, they all count on the score.”

Early in the third quarter, the Rams kept that momentum and Farris found Morton again behind the Wyoming coverage on a nice 43-yard strike. Suddenly, the Rams were up 17-14.

Wyoming did bounce back with a pair of field goals by Nick Landess for a 20-17 lead, but early in the fourth quarter, it was one strike, two strikes and three strikes you are out for the Cowboys.

Farris found Morton on a 31-yard touchdown pass as Morton just got his toes down in the back of the end zone.

“I think coach had a good game plan. We came in ready … just too many big plays,” said Prosinski, who wasn’t covering Morton on any of those touchdowns. “Those three touchdowns just killed us. That was a big momentum change to. As far as the yards, it has been something we have been working on all year. We kept them pretty low for the most part, we just had an off day.”

Wyoming junior defensive tackle John Fletcher, who put good pressure on the CSU quarterbacks all day, admitted that the scoring plays were frustrating to watch.

“We were rushing three and dropping eight and I still don’t know how the kid was getting behind us,” Fletcher said. “They are a good, potent offense and that’s what they do, and that’s what they have been doing all year. They are good at it.”

Prosinksi, who had a second-half pass interception, said the Rams have good speed and the Cowboys just couldn’t adjust to it.

“I can’t say what happened, I wasn’t in the coverage,” he said. “But as a secondary, we have to make plays and we didn’t today.”

Morton finished with six catches for 160 yards. CSU coach Steve Fairchild said the long touchdown passes were the difference in the game … especially the first one.

“The touchdown was huge to get us back within range and then to get the ball back to start the second half,” Fairchild said. “All of those long pass plays were big. Billy (Farris) did a great job on those throws.”

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