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Gary Andersen Excited For Wyoming’s ‘Smash Mouth’ Style Of Football

Defensive tackle Mario Mora #97 of the Wyoming Cowboys leads his team off the field after a defensive stop during the second half against the Boise State Broncos on November 9, 2019 at Albertsons Stadium in Boise, Idaho. Boise State won the game 20-17 in overtime. (Photo by Loren Orr/Getty Images)

LOGAN, Utah – Utah State head coach Gary Andersen is excited about facing Wyoming’s “smash mouth” style of play and loves their physical style of football.

Andersen spoke about the physical nature of Wyoming’s team during his press conference about the matchup between the Cowboys and Aggies.

“They’re a tough, physical-minded group of guys,” said Andersen about the Cowboys. “That’s who they want to be on the offensive side of the ball. That’s who they want to be on the defensive side of the ball. They’re disruptive on defense, aggressive on defense, jump up in your face and play physical. They’ve been built that way for the last few years and it’s obvious that they’ve had a lot of success on the defensive side of the ball. Offensively, the success they’ve had has allowed them to win football games and play their style of football, which is smash mouth, take a chance.”

Andersen and the Aggies are facing a Wyoming squad that sits at 6-3 on the season and has some really tough wins while their only losses on the 2019 schedule have come on the road.

The Cowboys started off the season on a high note with a 37-31 victory tough win over Missouri of the SEC.

Andersen said that his squad will have to match Wyoming’s physicality in order to be successful against the Cowboys.

“You match that in a couple of different ways,” said Andersen. “You match that with being as physical as you can, which is our number one priority. Secondly, if you can use their physicality to their disadvantage in any way, shape or form, especially with how aggressive they are on the defensive side of the ball, then you try to use that against them.”

Andersen is excited to face the Cowboys’ physicality but said his team needs to focus on themselves.

“I love the way they play defense. I love how physical they are. I love how they want to get up in your face and play man coverage,” said Andersen. “I’m all in with it. It’s a great way to play in those settings and those situations. We have to make sure we take care of the Aggies. We have to make sure we give our guys the best opportunity to be physical and also have smart offensive and defensive schemes that allow them to be physical, but yet play to their strengths. We’ve really done that the last couple of weeks on the offensive side of the football.”

Wyoming is coming off of a close 20-17 overtime loss on road against a ranked Boise State team.

“That was a smash mouth, physical football game, and the score would obviously lead you to believe that, but that’s exactly what it was and it came down to a kick at the end,” said Andersen of the Wyoming vs. Boise State game.

Utah State and Wyoming are scheduled to kick off on Saturday, November 16 at 2 p.m. on ESPNU.