Less than 24 hours before the Mountain West championship game, one of the head coaches involved is being rewarded for, in part, getting there.
Wyoming announced Friday night that Craig Bohl has signed a new seven-year contract that would keep the coach with the Cowboys through the 2023 season. The news comes as UW is set to face San Diego State in the MWC title game.
It’s the football program’s first-ever appearance in the game.
“When I hired Craig three years ago, I believed he was the best coach to turn around our football program,” said athletic director Tom Burman in a statement. “He has certainly delivered and the turnaround is evident in the performance of our team this season.
“What excites me most about this new contract is the opportunity to develop stability in our football program. Our fans, our student-athletes, donors and our state legislators will now get an opportunity to watch this football program continue to grow. I believe Coach Bohl is going to be the head football coach at the University of Wyoming for the rest of his career.”
Bohl came to UW after creating an FCS dynasty at North Dakota State, a program that won three straight national championship before Bohl left for Laramie after the 2013 season. A 4-8 first season with the Cowboys gave way to a 2-10 second year that had some whispering that Bohl might be out of his element at the FBS level.
However, Bohl’s eight wins thus far this season are the most since 2008 and just the second time they’ve reached that mark since 1998. With wins in the league title game and a bowl, the Cowboys would reach double-digits for the first time since 1996.
“This is a mutual agreement to continue to move Cowboy Football forward,” said Bohl. “I can’t thank Tom Burman, Governor Mead, President Nichols and numerous members of the state legislature enough for the support they’ve provided our football program to help us be successful. And to our donors, fans and the UW student body, I want to thank them for the enthusiastic manner in which they have embraced our team and our coaches. …
“All of these elements will provide the resources necessary to give Cowboy Football the opportunity for long-term success, which the people of Wyoming deserve.”
The lead-up into tonight’s Big Ten championship game apparently won’t be without some injury intrigue.
On Wisconsin’s injury report ahead of its title game matchup with Penn State, quarterback Alex Hornibrook is listed as questionable with a head injury. The redshirt freshman sustained the injury in the regular-season finale against Minnesota last Saturday.
Hornibrook took over the starting job in late September and has started the last nine games in a row for the Badgers. However, for the last two-thirds of those starts, he shared significant time with Bart Houston.
Houston started the first three games of the season, and would get the start if Hornibrook is unable to go.
Also making a surprise appearance on the injury report for the Badgers? Defensive lineman Conor Sheehy, who’s listed as questionable with an injury to his right arm.
The junior has started 11 of 12 games this season and 19 total in his career. In 2016, he’s been credited with four tackles for loss and 2.5 sacks.
Boston College’s departure from the ACC a decade ago brought an end to their “rivalry” with Rutgers. That regional series has been on hiatus since, but is set to be renewed. Eventually.
The Scarlet Knights will travel to Chestnut Hill On Sept. 12, 2026, with the Eagles headed to Piscataway Sept. 11 the following season.
The two teams played each other every year from 1981-2004. The last 14 matchups came when both were members of the Big East.
BC owns a 19-6-1 edge in a series that was first played in 1919. The Eagles own a 13-game unbeaten streak against the Scarlet Knights — there was a tie in 1994 — and a 10-game winning streak as well. RU’s last win came in 1991.
Ticket punched? It looks that way out West.
No. 4 Washington stated their case for the College Football Playoff in impressive fashion on Friday night by blowing out No. 8 Colorado 41-10 to capture the program’s Pac-12 championship since 2000.
The Huskies struggled to move the ball against the stingy Buffs defense for most of the first half but broke things open with 24 consecutive points in the third quarter. That run was fueled in part by back-to-back interceptions from the defense to start the half, which clamped down on the South Division champions like they were the Colorado of old.
Quarterback Jake Browning had one of his worst outings of the season despite having the stage he needed to possibly get invited to New York for the Heisman Trophy ceremony. The signal-caller finished just 9-of-24 for 118 yards but did throw two touchdowns on the night, one of which was a remarkable escape job from a sack before finding wideout John Ross for a 19 yard score.
Washington didn’t need their passing game with as effectively as they ran the ball however. Myles Gaskin picked up 159 yards on the night while backup Lavon Coleman added another 101 on the ground in addition to finding the end zone.
Colorado quarterback Sefo Liufau was knocked out of the game with a lower leg injury in the first half but emerged from the locker room to start the third quarter. He promptly struggled upon his return, throwing an interception off a receiver’s hands that was returned for a score and tossing another on the next series. He finished the game with as many passes completed to the Buffs as he did to the Huskies.
To add injury to insult to Colorado and put a slight damper on their Cinderella season, the performance from Levi’s Stadium probably cost the Buffs a shot at the Rose Bowl. The selection committee could still keep them above red-hot USC in the rankings but based on the result in the title game, it seems likely that the Trojans will be smelling the roses in 2017.
Washington’s postseason destination won’t be known until Sunday either but they can rest easy after that outing in knowing they will all but assuredly go to either the Peach Bowl semifinal or stay closer to home for the Fiesta Bowl semifinal in the playoffs.
That will be a celebration for another day however, as all Chris Petersen and the Huskies could do on Friday was hoist a conference title and savor being champions of the Pac-12.