Wyoming conducted its second scrimmage of the spring football season on Wednesday, and once again the offense ran away from the defense.
Behind a combined four touchdown passes and five rushing touchdowns, the Wyoming offense defeated the defense 101-41 at War Memorial Stadium.
"We've got to become a better running football team," Christensen said in a release. "We weren't great [Wednesday], but we were certainly better than we've been up to this point and time."
The Cowboys sophomore duo of Shaun Wick and D.J. May each ran for two touchdowns, with Wick totaling 146 yards on 14 carries. May ran for 96 yards on 12 carries and freshman Omar Stover added 81 yards. The offense totaled 335 yards on 58 total carries.
Wyoming junior quarterback Brett Smith finished 13-for-21 for 162 yards and two touchdowns; he also added a six-yard rushing touchdown. Cowboys sophomore Jason Thompson and senior Colby Kirkegaard each threw touchdown passes; Thompson threw two of the offense's three interceptions.
"We've had a few slow starts [on offense] in practices this spring, and we have to fix that," said Smith, who led the No. 1 offense to six scoring drives, including the final five of the scrimmage. "But obviously we finished well [Wednesday]."
Four different receivers caught the four touchdown passes: juniors Trey Norman and Justin Berger; freshman, and Lander product, Tanner Simpson; and junior college transfer tight end J.D. Krill. Wyoming kickers were a combined 13-for-13 on field goal attempts, including junior Stuart Williams' 10-for-10 output (long of 40 yards, twice).
Even with the lopsided scrimmage score, there were bright spots on the defensive side of the ball. The defense forced three turnovers, with nine tackles for loss and four sacks. In Wyoming's first scrimmage of the spring, an hour-long portion on April 5, the defense forced zero turnovers and tallied just one tackle for loss.
Cowboys freshman defensive tackle Sam Hardy returned one of Wednesday's interceptions for 25 yards, while junior linebacker Nehemie Kankolongo and freshman cornerback Cortland Fort also added picks. Wyoming freshman linebacker Lucas Wacha led the defense with nine total tackles and added a sack; senior linebacker Devyn Harris had five total tackles and a sack.
Christensen and senior cornerback Marqueston Huff both said the defense started well, got a little gassed toward the end of the scrimmage, which allowed for the offense to make some plays.
"We made the plays we needed to make, but we died down later on in the scrimmage, and that's something we really need to work on as a defense," Huff said.
Wyoming returns to practice at 8 a.m. on Friday.
"We're about halfway done, and we've got to come out in the second half and fine tune things," Christensen said. "We have a few more things to add on both sides of the ball, but what we really need to do at this point is eliminate all mental errors."