Yeah, yeah, yeah, Wyoming beat Central Michigan 37-14 in the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl – it was all about Josh Allen and his big performance. Here are five things that matter.
2017 Famous Idaho Potato Bowl: Wyoming 27, Central Michigan 14
5. 11 completions
Josh Allen STILL can’t be as consistent as he needs to be.
A 56% passer over the last few years, he only hit 11 of his 19 throws against Central Michigan, but no one cares. All that matters is that he completed those 11 passes for 154 yards and three touchdowns, putting the game away before it could even get started.
It was one of the big questions around NFL circles: would Allen play? Should he play? He was able to get through his shoulder problem, stepped in, and Central Michigan didn’t stand a chance. Those 11 completions were all it took. Those, and …
4. The eight turnovers
If you were told before the game that Central Michigan would outgain Wyoming 364 yards to 275 and Josh Allen only threw for 154 yards, you’d have assumed an easy Chippewa win.
But the CMU offense had a nightmarish day at a whole other level, turning it over eight times with four fumbles, four picks, and bad play after bad play for an offense that has the talent and ability to get back in the game after a rough start, but didn’t.
Logan Wilson came up with a team-leading nine tackles with a pick, the defense generated five sacks, ten tackles for loss, and pressure after pressure, and overall, it was a brilliant day from a D that was better than Allen was on O. And because of it …
3. Shane Morris wasn’t Josh Allen
It was a rough end to a rough career. Morris was known for being a superstar recruit at Michigan, getting rocked and appearing to be badly concussed in a game against Minnesota, and for transferring to Central Michigan.
He came up with a good final season, and he threw for 329 yards against Wyoming with a score, but he also gave up those four interceptions. To be fair, he was under pressure all game long, and he didn’t get a whole lot of help from anyone or anywhere else, but it’s not fair.
For all his problems, he should’ve gone out with at least a more interesting, close battle. Instead, the CMU offense turned it over eight times.
2. Wyoming’s big moment
This was a big deal for Josh Allen. This was a big deal for head coach Craig Bohl. This was a big deal for Wyoming football.
The Cowboys won the 2009 New Mexico Bowl over Fresno State, and the 2004 Las Vegas Bowl over UCLA, and that was it since 1966.
Wyoming was just 2-8 in bowls since beating Florida State in the 1966 Sun, and it had been eight seasons since winning that last post-season game. And now it showed that Bohl really is amazing – that 2016 breakthrough season wasn’t a fluke – and it showed that Wyoming could be a real, live, winning program. And it’s not just because of …
1. Josh Allen
Look, you breathless NFL types who wanted to see something, anything that made Allen look like the top ten overall talent he’s supposed to be, and he came through.
He’s still the perfect size. He’s still mobile. He’s still got an otherworldly arm. And he was fine. He might not have gone Baker Mayfield, but he was good enough to look exactly like everyone was hoping for.
It’s still going to be a project for anyone who takes him, hoping for the next big pro football passing thing, but there’s so much there to work with that he’s just so … so … enticing.
And all it took were those 11 completions.