Feb. 11, 2000
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
Trips to Auburn and Texas A&M, twoconfirmed ESPN Thursday night games, a possible third ESPN Thursday nightcontest and Mountain West home games with San Diego State, Air Force andUtah highlight Wyoming's 2000 football schedule and the beginning of the VicKoenning Era.
In addition to those three MWC home contests in War MemorialStadium, the Cowboys will travel to league foes New Mexico, UNLV, BrighamYoung and Colorado State. Two of those games, at BYU on Oct. 26 and at CSUclosing out the regular season on Nov. 16, are ESPN Thursday night games.There is also a strong possibility that the season opener at Auburn, whichis currently scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 2, could be moved to Thursday,Aug. 31 for a third ESPN Thursday night contest on Wyoming's 2000 schedule.
"There is no doubt it is an extremely challenging schedule with thebonus of playing on ESPN's Thursday night schedule twice and possibly threetimes," said UW Athletics Director Lee Moon. "This schedule should givethe state, the University and the Cowboys tremendous exposure. With atleast two more nationally televised games, the Cowboys will receive a greatdeal of national attention."
The Cowboys will be meeting three of their non-conferenceopponents--Auburn, Texas A&M and Central Michigan -- for the first time inschool history. Wyoming will be playing the fourth non-league foe, Nevada,for the fourth time. The Cowboys lead in that series 2-1.
For the first time since 1978, Wyoming will play five home gamesrather than six. The home schedule includes Central Michigan (Sept. 16),Nevada (Sept. 23), San Diego State (Oct. 7), Air Force (Oct. 14) and Utah(Nov. 11).
"Obviously with one less home game, the season tickets will be lessexpensive," Moon said, "hopefully increasing the number of sales in thatarea. With only five games in War Memorial Stadium it certainly places moreof a premium on the home games."
"The schedule is certainly a challenge for us," said first-year UWhead football coach Vic Koenning. "Five games lessens our opportunity totake advantage of our home stadium, but it also gives us an opportunity toplay high-caliber opponents and challenges us to continue to play well onthe road. With that early schedule, we must make sure we maintain ourpurpose and our goal of a conference title. The non-conference scheduleshould certainly prepare us for league play."
The schedule also features one open date, Nov. 4. Game times havenot been released because of television, and dates are subject to changefor television, as well, Moon said. He also indicated that ticket priceswill be released at a later date.
The Mountain West Conference, which also released its compositefootball schedule today, announced that the remaining ESPN, ESPN2, ABC andESPN Regional telecasts involving Mountain West Conference teams will beannounced in the coming months.
University of Wyoming 2000 Football Schedule
Sat., Sept. 2 at AuburnSat., Sept. 9 at Texas A&MSat., Sept. 16 CENTRAL MICHIGAN Sat., Sept. 23 NEVADASat., Sept. 30 *at New MexicoSat., Oct. 7 *SAN DIEGO STATE Sat., Oct. 14 *AIR FORCESat., Oct. 21 *at UNLVThurs., Oct. 26 *at Brigham Young (ESPN)Sat., Nov. 4 Open DateSat., Nov. 11 *UTAHThurs., Nov. 16 *at Colorado State (ESPN)
Home games in bold
*Indicates Mountain West Conference games