The Nebraska defense will face a confident quarterback in Wyoming’s Josh Allen when the teams collide on Saturday in Memorial Stadium. The Redshirt sophomore from California is the reigning Mountain West Conference offensive player of the week after The Cowboys’ 40-34 victory over Northern Illinois in triple overtime.
Allen passed for 245 yards and rushed for another 70 yards, including a seven yard scramble for the winning touchdown.
“He has got a gun for an arm and was very impressive”, said Nebraska defensive coordinator Mark Banker. “This is going to be a lunch bucket game with a quarterback that can not only deliver the ball but will also beat you with his feet. He is really a big factor for them.”
It was only the second career start for Allen, who missed nearly all of last season with an injury, and Cowboys coach Craig Bohl says his performance gave him a boost of confidence.
“Josh is confident”, said Bohl. “But I think the rest of our football team recognizes that we have a quarterback that when he steps in the huddle he really has a good understanding of what we are doing offensively but also has the ability to make plays.”
Allen played at Reedley Community College in California before transferring to Wyoming.