Wyoming at Air Force: Key players
Wyoming did not face Worthman last year in its 35-26 win over the Falcons. Nate Romine was still holding down Air Force’s quarterback at the time and threw for two touchdowns and three interceptions in the game. But Worthman emerged midway through the Falcons’ game against Fresno State in 2016 and closed out the season on a six-game win streak. He has thrown for 925 yards this season and run for 793 more, combining for 22 touchdowns. Worthman ranks 23rd in the nation in points responsible for.
McVey was the Mountain West’s ninth-leading returning rusher coming off a 700-yard season. He’s almost matched that already in his senior year, ranking seventh in the conference with 651 rushing yards. McVey is averaging 6.32 yards per carry, fourth in the Mountain West, and his six rushing touchdowns are tied for ninth. With 103, McVey has the most carries behind Worthman in the Falcons’ triple-option offense.
At this rate, Wyoming might have to learn how to play 3-4 defense by the time the season’s over. Serious injuries to Sidney Malauulu, Conner Cain and Ravontae Holt leave Wyoming with just three defensive tackles: Youhanna Ghafain, who was sidelined with turf toe but has otherwise been a starter all year; senior Dalton Fields, a converted offensive lineman; and Jackson, a true freshman. Jackson will start in Holt’s place Saturday.
Wilson tied a career high with 14 tackles against Colorado State. He’s currently tied for third in the Mountain West with 9.4 tackles per game. Wilson’s spot at middle linebacker is all the more important with a freshman starting at defensive tackle in front of him. Plus, Saturday is a big game for the former Mustang. Natrona County faces Sheridan at War Memorial Stadium in the Class 4A state championship game.