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The Wyoming Cowboys have reached a bowl game in two of Dave Christensen’s first three seasons at the helm. Now Christensen’s challenge is to take the Cowboys to back-to-back bowl games for the first time since 1987-88.

“Absolutely that’s a goal,” he said. “It’s also a product of something we want to do, which is maintain a winning tradition and continue to compete for the conference championship.”

Leading the way for Wyoming is sophomore QB Brett Smith, who threw for 2,622 yards and led the team in rushing with 710 yards last season en route to MW freshman of the year honors. His top three receivers return, but top rusher Alvester Alexander left school early, and No. 2 back Ghaali Muhammad has moved to linebacker. Junior Brandon Miller (364 rushing yards, 199 receiving yards in 2011) is the top candidate to be the No. 1 running back this fall.

“I think we’ve got some talent there, just not a lot of experience,” Christensen said. “I think I’d take that over not having many options.”

Expect the Cowboys to be tough against the pass, with the entire defensive backfield returning after giving up less than 200 yards per game last season. Three of the top four tacklers on defense are gone, but in his fourth season, Christensen has built depth to where he can withstand those losses.

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