Welcome back to our (hopefully) weekly feature, highlighting the best Cougar Football performances of the week. In the past, we tried to publish this article even in a losing effort. We didn’t do that last year, though, because all four of WSU’s losses were somewhere from partial to complete face plants. No issue in that regard this week, as WSU put together a great team performance to turn a close game into a runaway.
It is often easier to identify standout performances on offense, since the skill guys are the ones who compile the stats and the majority of the scoring plays. On defense, and especially in games like Saturday’s win in Laramie, nobody put up eye-popping stats or made a game-altering play, but there were some performances worthy of recognition amid a solid team effort.
With that, away we go.
Honorable Mention: Jamire Calvin
Calvin got the Cougs rolling on their first possession, as he took a screen pass and turned on the jets, streaking down the sideline to get WSU into scoring position. His back-to-back sequence in the third quarter was even bigger. First, he caught the crucial fourth down pass, while sliding, for a first down. Then he caught a 14-yarder that set up WSU in the red zone. Three plays later, WSU was in the end zone, and had a lead it wouldn’t relinquish. Calvin led all receivers with 82 yards on five catches.
2nd Runner-Up: Dominick Silvels
The sophomore saw his first extended action on defense Saturday, and acquitted himself quite well. Silvels led the team with six solo tackles and two tackles-for-loss, including one sack. That sack came at a huge moment. WSU was up one score, and Wyoming was looking to get back in the game. On 3rd-and-nine, Silvels sacked Tyler Vander Waal for an 11 yard loss. The resulting punt put WSU in great field position, and the Cougs put the game away six plays later, taking a 34-19 lead.
1st Runner-Up: Gardner Minshew
Is it Gardner Minshew or Gardner Minshew II? This is all confusing. Are we to believe there’s really a Gardner Minshew I? Either way, I’m going with Gardner Minshew II because of his great second half Saturday! /crickets. But seriously Minshew was nails after halftime. The Cougs went into the break trailing 16-13, then outscored Wyoming 28-3 in the second half, and Minshew II’s presence was a big reason why. Here is a quick summation of WSU’s second half possessions: touchdown, punt, touchdown, touchdown, touchdown. That’s ok I guess. As soon as Minshew settled down and took command, the other players followed him, straight to the end zone.
Winner: James Williams
For the second year in a row, our first POTW is Mr. Boobie himself. Williams got the Cougs rolling right off the bat, taking two straight handoffs and going for eight and 13 yards. His touchdown catch was a thing of beauty. Despite the fact that he was wide goddamn open as soon as the ball was snapped, WIlliams didn’t quit on the play. Once Minshew finally came to his senses, he threw a high pass that Boobie snagged, followed by a beautiful toe tap before falling out of bounds. Touchdown, Cougs.
Williams had 16 carries over the course of the game. Seven of those 16 came on WSU’s first and last possessions. Hey coach, it would be pretty cool if he got to carry the ball a little more in between, since he averaged 5.1 YPC. He’s pretty good! In all, Williams led the team in both rushing yards and receptions, chalking up 135 yards and two touchdowns. Be afraid, San Jose State. Be very afraid.
Who was WSU’s Player of the Week against Wyoming?
This poll is closed
Gardner Minshew II
James "Boobie" Williams
Shirtless, barrel-wearing Wyoming fan