LARAMIE, Wyo. - The Wyoming football team has turned to a college basketball approach for its last two regular season games.
"This is a tournament," said interim defensive coordinator Jamar Cain. "Are we going to win this championship or go home? Our backs are against the wall."
Cain said he drew a basketball bracket on a board for his players to show what's in front of them, and it starts by having to beat the University of Hawaii (0-10, 0-7 Mountain West Conference) today.
Brett Smith and Wyoming have lost four games in a row.
The Cowboys (4-6 overall, 2-4) have lost four games in a row by a combined score of 199-83, but if they win their last two games of the regular season, they will be bowl eligible for the third time in coach Dave Christensen's five seasons.
"You have to go hard or go home," said Wyoming receiver Robert Herron. "There's no more talking we can do, or no more motivating. Players have to motivate themselves. Some have embraced this, but I think we have to get others to get into it, too."
The Cowboys have not defeated a team with a winning record this season. They lost 48-7 last week at Boise State, which followed a 48-10 loss to Fresno State on Nov. 9.
"We're not at their caliber in any way, shape or form," Christensen said. "We're trying to get there. They are very established programs with great depth and a lot of big-time playmakers. We're working to get there."
The Rainbow Warriors lost 28-21 in overtime to San Di-ego State last week at home. Hawaii also lost by a combined 22 points to No. 15 Fresno State, San Jose State and Colorado State at home, and by two at Nevada-Las Vegas. All those teams have records of .500 or better.
"They don't quit," Christensen said. "They play hard the entire game. They have skill on defense. They are athletic in the (secondary) and are big up front and at linebacker. They play aggressively."
Joey Iosefa ran for 150 yards and a touchdown for UH last week, and Wyoming is allowing an average of 236.3 yards per game on the ground.
Navy 58, San Jose St. 52, 3OT
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