When it was time to roll the credits on the Warriors’ 17-13 comeback victory over Wyoming, everyone’s name was called.
“It felt like a true team win,” wideout Marcus Armstrong-Brown said. “Usually before, you could point to one side of the ball, offense or defense, but we came together collectively.”
> Nick Rolovich: The recent trend against the Warriors’ run-and-shoot/run-pass option hybrid is to place five in the tackle box — 3-2 or 4-1 front — and drop six into coverage. Or more specifically, double up on the slots. To avoid throwing into condensed coverage — and this takes patience, lots of patience — is to run dives or draws into the thin box (see: Dayton Furuta) or throw to the wideouts coming off slants. Rolovich, UH’s play-caller, took what the Cowboys conceded and went with a methodical ball-control attack.
> Chevan Cordeiro: In practices, Cordeiro is known for quick recognition, quick release and quick feet. He also has instant amnesia. In training camp, he threw a few interceptions, many run back for TDs, but came back firing the next play. In his NCAA debut, Cordeiro gave up a pick-6 to Wyoming defensive end Carl Granderson in the third quarter. At that point, he was 12-for-20 for 72 yards. After that, he was seven of nine for 76 yards. “He never gets too high, he never gets too low,” quarterback coach Craig Stutzmann said. The best thing about Cordeiro’s heroic night? It might not cost him a year. If he doesn’t play in more than four games this season, he gets to count it as a redshirt year.
> Defense: It seems the Warriors have seen every form of offense in the first six games. But now the Warriors are starting to find a defensive rhythm. Against run-oriented teams, rush end Kaimana Padello used to be pulled for a bigger end. But Padello is such a dual force as pass rusher and run defender, he now is an every-down lineman. He was credited with three tackles, but all were in the backfield, and his pressure steered Wyoming’s Tyler Vander Waal into bad throws.
> Gamesmanship: Through the week, the Warriors struggled with whether Cole McDonald, who had an undisclosed injury, would be ready for Saturday’s game. Apparently late Thursday or Friday, it was decided to start Cordeiro. McDonald, who provided guidance for Cordeiro, was co-creator of a plan in which backup quarterback Kolney Cassel would wear McDonald’s No. 13 jersey during warmups. Cassel, who is a graduate transfer from Sacramento State, said: “My master’s degree is in acting. I put it to use.”