Coming into the Arizona Bowl, Wyoming struggled to open up their passing game throughout the season. They’re leading passer was freshman quarterback Sean Chambers with an underwhelming 915-yards with seven touchdown passes.
Still, Wyoming was able to start the season strong going 6-2 positioning themselves as conference title contenders. Eventually, not having the ability to be a balanced offense caught up with them. Being a one-dimensional offense lead to teams stacking the box and slowing down the Cowboys offense leading them to finish the season losing three out of their last four games.
So, coach Craig Bohl decided to start freshman quarterback Levi Williams in the Arizona Bowl Wyoming due to the inabilities or injuries from the other quarterbacks that have started this past season. Williams had minimal experience with only 13 pass attempts and 109-yards in his two appearances during the regular season.
The Arizona Bowl marked the first career start for Williams. He would have a tough test against a Georgia State team that went on the road and beat Tennessee during the regular season.
At first, the freshman struggled to finish off drives against the Panther defense ending those drives with two field-goal attempts and just three-points to show for them. Williams would get from his defense, who were able to flip the field, setting up their quarterback to build confidence. He took advantage of the field position scoring twice on a short field giving Williams two touchdown passes early in the game.
Throughout the game, Williams was able to rely upon his defense and a strong run game led by running back Xazavian Valladay. Still, when Wyoming needed a big play, it was Williams who came through time and time again, finishing with 234-yards, three TDs, and just one turnover as he helped lead his team to a 38-17 victory over Georgia State.
I think it is safe to say that Wyoming found themselves a young quarterback to lead their team in Williams in the 2019 Arizona Bowl. Plus, with a young roster, Wyoming has a bright future to build upon as we enter a new decade.