Gagliardi column: UW's new look offense struggles in opener against Iowa

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Two of Stanley's three touchdown passes went to Hawkeye tight end Noah Fant. According to ESPN's Michele Steele, seven teams have made the trek in order to get a look at Allen in action.

Allen was 23 of 40 for 174 yards with two fourth-quarter interceptions.

Wyoming's defense forced four turnovers. "They played the quick game really well".

The Pokes were held to 233 yards of total offense against one of the nation's top defenses. "We couldn't get a running game established".

But the momentum changed in the final seconds of the first half when Tim Zaleski whiffed on the punt. In addition to Granderson's forced fumble, Iowa native Rico Gafford intercepted a pass, Marcus Epps forced a fumble that Cassh Maluia recovered, and Kevin Prosser forced and recovered a fumble. If the Cowboys had any chance of winning this game, they were going to have to play perfectly on both sides of the ball, and come up with several big plays.

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The Cowboys opened the scoring with a career long 49-yard field from sophomore Cooper Rothe at the 11:21 mark of the second quarter.

To the dismay of the 12 scouts from seven National Football League teams in attendance, Allen's 36-yard gem to Johnson was a rarity.

Iowa was able to fall on the ball, gaining excellent field position in the process.

"This wasn't the outcome we wanted, but we'll grow from it and we'll be better", Allen said. Named to the Maxwell Award preseason watch list, the 6-foot-5 Allen has been rated as a possible first-round pick in next year's NFL Draft should he decide to enter. It was the first time UW has failed to score a touchdown since falling to San Diego State 38-3 on November 14, 2015.

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