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Bohl brings traditional style to Wyoming

Published on NewsOK Modified: August 29, 2014 at 12:37 pm •  Published: August 29, 2014

LARAMIE, Wyo. (AP) — Driving a pickup and wearing cowboy boots, Craig Bohl fits in well with the state of Wyoming's western culture.

Bohl believes his style of coaching college football will fit the Wyoming Cowboys just as well.

"There's only so many places in the country for me to be a head football coach, that the program that we have is going to fit, it's going to mesh," he said as the Cowboys prepared for their season opener Saturday afternoon in Laramie against Montana.

Bohl was hired last December to replace the fired Dave Christensen, whose spread offense brought some high-scoring games but not many victories.

Bohl brings to Wyoming a more traditional style of play based on hard work and physical and mental toughness that resulted in North Dakota State winning three consecutive Football Championship Subdivision national titles over the last three seasons.

His teams at North Dakota State found success with a ball-control offense and stout defense — a template he believes will succeed at Wyoming, where many small towns are more likely to have a rodeo arena than a football field.

"I long believed that a football program, when successful, will mirror the fabric, the values and how the people of the state of Wyoming are," Bohl said. "This model, if you took it to some other place, say Southern California or south Florida, would fail. I would fail."

Bohl's ideal team features an offense that takes its time in grinding out a 12-play scoring drive and a defense that gets off the field after three plays. Under Christensen, Wyoming's defense was more likely to be on the field for 12 plays a series and give up points, while the offense would more likely be off the field in three plays after a quick score or three-and-out.

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