It is always interesting to catch the college football match between old rivals, and the same holds true when Poinsettia Bowl will feature BYU Cougars Vs Wyoming Cowboys on Wednesday 21st December, 2016 at 9:00 P.M. ET at the Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego County Credit Union.
Ty Detmet for the first time will be coaching the BYU Cougars in his first ever bowl game. The Cougars are at 8-4 standing, which noted a rough start in their 2016 campaign. Playing against Utah Utes and the West Virginia Mountaineers was challenging for the team that ended up 1-3 during their first four games. BYU own their next 3 matches in-line, before suffering a disappointing loss to Boise State, 28-27. During the season end, the team won their final four games, during which QB Taysom Hill was side lined for elbow injury. For 3 games in the season, Tanner Mangum finished at 14 to 18 passes for 146 yards and 2 touchdowns. But after Hill’s injury, Mangum just threw 23 t touchdowns with unacceptable 10 interceptions and hit on under 60% of his passes for over 3,400 yards. Running Back Jamaal Williams is great on the offensive side for Cougars. The runner led his way for 1,165 yards on 208 carries and managed 11 trips to BYU. Defensively, BYU experienced ups-and-downs in 2016. The season seven permitted only 108.4 yards rushing per event, which also made the team sit at 8th in the country.
Wyoming Cowboys (8-5):
The Wyoming Cowboys will be making their first ever appearance in the San Diego Country, which is currently at 8-5 standing. The Cowboys appeared the bowl season as the champions of Mountain West Conference Mountain Division, and this season will allow Wyoming to play 14 games in single season. Put together, Cowboys have 5-game winning streak to being their season 7-2. However, things went upturned when Cowboys lost to UNLY 69-66 with a triple over-time. Wyoming Cowboys, lost their two final games of the year, comprising the Mountain West title game to San Diego State, 27-24 at home city. Quarterback Josh Allen finished 56.3% of his passes for 2,996 yards, 26 touchdowns and 13 interceptions. Defensively, Cowboys have been playing terrible, with a ranking status of 105th in the country
Both teams have their own flaws and play tough to find success against each other. Cougars could play thorough defense, while Cowboy’s QB Josh Allen might find BYU’s defensive back Kai Nacua stalking his passed attack. Wyoming, should continue hanging around with the Cougars, if BYU is capable to squad them, it is BYU that will travel to next game.