Wyoming beats Montana 17-12 under new coach

Published on NewsOK Modified: August 30, 2014 at 9:16 pm •  Published: August 30, 2014
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LARAMIE, Wyo. (AP) — Bohl-ball is now the official brand of Wyoming football.

"This is going to be a new brand of football," new coach Craig Bohl said after Wyoming ground out a 17-12 win over Montana on Saturday behind a methodical pro-style, ball-controlling offense and a stingy, swarming defense.

Shaun Wick rushed for 134 yards and a touchdown, D.J. May added 96 yards and a score and the Cowboys defense held Montana to 253 yards total offense. Wyoming (1-0) has beaten Montana, a Football Championship Subdivision school, in all 14 of their matchups.

Of the 301 total yards gained by the Cowboys against the Grizzlies, 209 came on the ground.

The Grizzlies (0-1) were led by quarterback Jordan Johnson, who completed 24 of 45 passes for 185 yards and one touchdown.

Bohl was hired last December after leading North Dakota State to three consecutive FCS national championships.

Bohl's style of football is completely opposite from the quick-strike, high-scoring offense and a worn out, porous defense that resulted in few wins for Wyoming in recent years under former coach Dave Christensen.

Wyoming's offense averaged 31.2 points and 472.8 yards per game last year, while the defense gave up 36.7 points and 482 yards a game.

Bohl, on the other hand, stresses "field position" football and running the clock down.

"The ultimate deal is to win the game, it doesn't count on style points," he said.

On Wyoming's last offensive series of the game, the Cowboys drove down to Montana's 9-yard line with 1:23 left, but chose to run time off the clock rather than trying to score. The Grizzlies only had 2 seconds left when they got the ball back after Wyoming turned it over on downs on the Montana 16 yard line.

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