LARAMIE, Wyo. — When Dave Christensen took the job as head coach of Wyoming, one of his main goals was to instill a sense of competitiveness in the Cowboys.
For the first eight games of the season, which included the likes of Texas and Utah, the Cowboys have been able to put up a fight and keep games close. Even against the Longhorns, Wyoming hung in until the second half.
"We've competed well even though we didn't win every game," Christensen said.
That all changed against BYU on Saturday.
For the first time this season, Wyoming was dominated for an entire game, losing 52-0. BYU star Max Hall completed 20 of 22 passes for 312 yards and four touchdowns to lead the No. 25 Cougars, putting him one win away from tying Heisman Trophy winner Ty Detmer's school record for wins by a starting quarterback.
The Cougars (7-2, 4-1 Mountain West) gashed the Cowboys defense for 543 yards, while Wyoming's offense managed 225.
It was the most lopsided loss for Wyoming (4-5, 2-3) since 1985, when BYU beat the Cowboys 59-0. The 52 points given up were the most Wyoming has allowed at home since 1991, when Utah beat the Cowboys 57-42.
Christensen, who was hired away as offensive coordinator at Missouri last December, said he was disappointed in his team's inability to compete for an entire game against the Cougars.
"I'm searching and don't have a lot of answers right now," he said. "They are just a very good football team right now, and we aren't a very good football team right now. And those two aren't a good combination."
Safety Chris Prosinski, who had 16 tackles, said the loss was tough to get a handle on.
"It was a rough game, and we have a lot to learn from this," he said. "We just have to come back and stay positive. We have three games left in the season and need to bounce back against San Diego State next week."
Christensen vowed there will be "no quit in this coaching staff or this football team."
"We will come back tomorrow, find a way to get better and get to work," he said.