The Mountain West’s offensive player of the week is a backup quarterback who came off the sideline to lead his team from a double-digit, fourth-quarter deficit.
Congrats to … Wyoming’s Tyler Vander Waal?
Like those similar-themed movies that are released at the same time, Vander Waal and Chevan Cordeiro have a nearly identical storyline.
Similar but not the same.
> Change: Vander Waal replaced starter Sean Chambers, who was injured in the first series of the game. Cordeiro entered in the fourth quarter with UH trailing 28-13 with 11:55 to play.
> Late charge: Wyoming trailed 27-14 with 8:44 to play before scoring 21 points in the final five minutes. Cordeiro threw three touchdown passes and a two-point conversion in three possessions.
> The numbers: Vander Waal amassed 247 yards in total offense and four TDs — two on rushes, two on passes of 11 and 22 yards.Cordeiro’s TD passes covered 64, 20 and 68 yards. The 20-yard scoring pass, which was looped over three defenders and caught just in bounds by JoJo Ward, was the most on-point throw since Colt Brennan‘s bomb to Jason Rivers in the 2006 Hawaii Bowl.
> Impact: Wyoming (5-6) moves into position to become bowl eligible if it beats New Mexico this week. Cordeiro’s heroics helped the Warriors clinch their first winning regular season since 2010, assured them of the Hawaii Bowl (even though the league won’t fess up to that berth yet), and kept the fan-phone comments civil.
So, was Cordeiro snubbed?