Cowboys have no time to sulk over San Jose State loss with Border War game this week

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LARAMIE, Wyoming — Eddie Yarbrough was disappointed, like the rest of his University of Wyoming football teammates and coaches.

But at the end of his interview with the media after the Cowboys' 27-20 overtime loss to San Jose State last Saturday, he said that disappointment won't linger.

Not with what faces the Cowboys (3-4 overall, 1-2 Mountain West) this week.

"We got the team down south. I'm not going to dwell on this at all," Yarbrough said.

He was referring to the Cowboys' game at Border War rival Colorado State (6-1, 2-1) at 5 p.m. Saturday.

Perhaps Yarbrough's excitement will be tempered after he watches tape on the Rams, who won their league-high fifth straight game with a 16-13 home win over Utah State on Saturday.

Colorado State leads the conference and is 18th nationally in passing yards (307.9 yards per game), is 27th nationally in total offense (466.1 ypg) and tied for 30th in points allowed per game (21.4).

The Cowboys allowed San Jose State junior quarterback Joe Gray to complete 33 of 45 passes for 322 yards and two touchdowns, and their offense has produced 20 points or less in six of their seven games.

UW enters this week 117th out of 125 Football Bowl Subdivision teams in scoring (18.6 ppg) and 112th in total offense (327.4 ypg)

UW suffered injuries to three defensive starters against San Jose State: senior outside linebacker Mark Nzeocha, senior defensive end Sonny Puletasi and senior cornerback DeAndre Jones. The status of those players will be announced today, but Nzeocha's appeared to be the most serious. Nzeocha suffered a knee injury in the first half and didn't return.

Despite the loss, UW has scored a defensive touchdown for the second straight game thanks to senior cornerback Blair Burns's 63-yard fumble return.

And, Yarbrough is coming off his best game of the season with eight tackles, 3½ tackles for loss and two sacks - the first two by a Cowboys' defensive end this season.

The 3½ tackles for loss gives Yarbrough 23½ for his career, which is tied for fifth in school history with defensive end John Flora (2004-05).

Colorado State handed UW a 52-22 loss in Laramie last season, the fifth-most lopsided loss for UW in the series that began in 1899. This will be the Cowboys' first game in Fort Collins, Colorado since 2011. After the addition of San Jose State and Utah State to the MW in 2013, the schedule had Colorado State play back-to-back years in Laramie in 2012 and 2013.

UW has won the last two games at Colorado State by a combined five points.

Information from: Wyoming Tribune Eagle,

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