Sluggish offense, missed opportunities cost Wyoming in 24-3 loss at Iowa

Sluggish offense, missed opportunities cost Wyoming in 24-3 loss at Iowa

Wyoming punter Tim Zaleski provided a moment that could either be a cautionary tale or fodder for frequent derision by teammates and coaches (and sports highlight reels) during the Cowboys' season opener at Iowa.

Nathan Stanley threw three touchdown passes, including a pair to tight end Noah Fant, and Iowa shut down Josh Allen and Wyoming 24-3 on Saturday.

Wyoming trails Iowa 14-3 at half.

Pass protection was a concern, which made UW want Allen to get the ball out of his hands quickly.

Stanley finished the game 8-15 for 125 yards.

The Pokes defense was aggressive in the opening quarter recording two turnovers in the frame.

Saturday, though, was a struggle from the start to get the passing game rolling. If the Cowboys had any chance of winning this game, they were going to have to play perfectly on both sides of the ball, and come up with several big plays. He had a career-high 10 tackles for UW and added a sack along with a forced fumble. Maybe that was expected as they played against what likely was the best defensive front seven they will face this season. Those points, coming on a career-long 49-yard Cooper Rothe field goal, gave Wyoming the lead after a scoreless first quarter. "They'll be probably the best defense we see all year". In addition to Granderson's forced fumble, Iowa native Rico Gafford intercepted a pass, Marcus Epps forced a fumble that Cassh Maluia recovered, and Kevin Prosser forced and recovered a fumble. Wyoming took over with 50 seconds left in the half, but its drive was killed by a blatant intentional grounding on Allen's part.

Saturday's 24-3 Iowa victory brought with it plenty of frustration for a guy who could be a top NFL Draft pick.

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