March 21, 2006
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
Wyoming has added Syracuse University as its 12th football game for the 2006 season, UW Athletics Director Gary Barta announced Tuesday.
The Cowboys and Orange have agreed to play a home-and-home series beginning in 2006. The game is scheduled for Sept. 30, at Syracuse's Carrier Dome (49,550). The return game will be played Sept. 26, 2009, at War Memorial Stadium. In order for the 2009 game to be completed, Wyoming had to move its scheduled game with Bowling Green University from the 26th, to Oct. 3.
Syracuse has an enrollment of 18,734, and is a member of the Big East Conference. The Orange were 1-10 last season. This will be the first meeting ever between the two schools.
"We're excited to be able to add a quality opponent like Syracuse as our 12th game," Barta said, "especially since we were able to work out a home-and-home agreement. Our goal is to schedule quality opponents on a home-and-home basis. Our fans deserve to see national programs at War Memorial Stadium. The 12th game also gives our team an additional opportunity to become bowl eligible which is very attractive."
The fact that both schools had an open date on the same weekend (Sept. 30) set the scheduling wheels in motion, Barta said. The Cowboys will now play 12 consecutive weeks in 2006, beginning with Utah State at War Memorial Stadium on Sept. 2, and ending at UNLV on Nov. 18.
"I think this is a wonderful opportunity for two great universities to come together and finalize a 12-game schedule," Cowboy Head Coach Joe Glenn said. "It gives both of us another shot at qualifying for a bowl game.
"We have great respect for Greg Robinson, and his Syracuse program," Glenn continued. "Like Wyoming, they have great tradition. When I think of Syracuse, I think of names like Jim Brown, Ernie Davis, and Floyd Little. This has been one of the most colorful programs in collegiate football through the years. We look forward to the game, and look forward to having them come to Laramie."