By Robert Gagliardi

Defensive turnaround biggest factor in UW's 2017 football success

Plenty of experience returns as Cowboys seek consistent success.


January 3, 2018

LARAMIE – Expectations were high for the University of Wyoming football team in 2017, and for the most part, the Cowboys lived up to them.

UW posted back-to-back winning seasons for the first time since 1998-99, and played in consecutive bowl games for the first time in 30 years. Its 37-14 victory over Central Michigan in the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl on Dec. 22 capped an 8-5 season, and was its first bowl win since 2009.

But when looking back at this past season, the biggest storyline is more like a worst-to-first scenario.

Despite eight victories in 2016, UW's defense wasn't very good. Y...

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