LARAMIE, Wyo. (AP) -- His team won by 46 points, gained 537 yards
total offense and limited Appalachian State to just 30 yards
rushing, but Wyoming coach Joe Glenn says the Cowboys can do
"We can get better everywhere you look, but if we can win by
this margin and still have room to improve, I'm very, very happy,"
Glenn said Saturday.
Corey Bramlet threw for 239 yards and two touchdowns in his
first career start as Wyoming routed Division I-AA Appalachian
In an opener delayed for 33 minutes in the first quarter because
of lightning, Wyoming gained 318 yards in the first half, and
jumped out to a 41-0 lead.
Appalachian State, sustaining its worst season-opening loss,
managed just 87 yards total offense in the first half. The
Mountaineers (0-1) fared better in the second half, when the
Cowboys pulled most of their starters, and finished with 230 yards.
Bramlet -- a Wheatland native and the brother of former Cowboys
quarterback, Casey -- connected with Dustin Pleasant on touchdown
passes of 34 and 55 yards, both in the first half.
Bramlet completed 16 of 29 passes with no interceptions before
leaving the game with Wyoming ahead 44-7 with about 5 minutes left
in the third quarter.
Glenn likened Bramlet's first start to "driving your parents'
car for the first time."
"You know you're a little cautious," he said. "He'll just get
better and better."
Pleasant, who was granted a medical hardship last year because
of injury, had a career day, catching seven passes for 140 yards.
"He did a great job today," Bramlet said.
Glenn liked how his team played after the delay and with a big
"It's hard to come back and play with that intensity when you
have -- what was the halftime score, 41-nothing," he said.
DaVon Fowlkes caught a career-high 10 passes for 153 yards,
including a 61-year TD strike from Richie Williams in the third
quarter, for Appalachian State, which was ranked 20th in the
preseason Division I-AA poll.
The Mountaineers' previous worst opening loss was 50-17 at
Marshall in 2002. Its worst loss ever was 50-0, also against
Marshall, in 1990.
"We had some long days and gotten beat, but not like this
combined with all the mistakes," Mountaineers coach Jerry Moore
said. "Mistakes on offense, dropped balls, fumbles, and we didn't
tackle well on defense. Just a combination of all those things."
Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh said Tuesday he has informed competing quarterbacks Jake Rudock and Shane Morris of his decision on a starter for the Wolverines' opener Thursday night at Utah.
No. 5 Michigan State will start redshirt freshman Vayante Copeland at one of its two cornerback spots Friday night at Western Michigan.
Less than four months removed from his transfer to Florida State, Everett Golson has been named the Seminoles' starting quarterback.
After hinting at it for more than a week, LSU coach Les Miles confirmed Monday that Brandon Harris will start at quarterback in Saturday's opener against McNeese State.
USC AD Pat Haden said he had "thoughtful conversations" with medical professionals and that "a lot of careful thought was given" before deciding on a course of action for coach Steve Sarkisian.
A final decision in Ohio State's quarterback derby won't be revealed until just before the season kicks off, but Urban Meyer isn't ruling out playing both his decorated candidates.