Countdown to Kickoff #56: The First Game Ever

July 7, 2013


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The 2013 season will mark the 120th anniversary of Wyoming Cowboy Football. To commemorate that anniversary, we will be counting down some of the great memories and moments from Wyoming football history over the next eight weeks leading up to the Cowboys' season opener at Nebraska on Aug. 31.

The 2013 "Countdown to Kickoff" will take Wyoming fans through Cowboy Football history chronologically. The first week will highlight some of the memorable moments from the period from the first season in 1893 through the 1940s. Then each successive week, the countdown will recall great moments from the 1950s, `60s, 70s, 80, 90s, 2000s and the current decade.

Our countdown will only touch on some of the greatest moments, but we encourage you, the Wyoming fans, to share your favorite memories through the official University of Wyoming Twitter (@wyoathletics) and Facebook pages (Wyoming Cowboys).

Enjoy the countdown, and we look forward to seeing you in War Memorial Stadium on Saturday, Sept. 7 for the home opener versus the Idaho Vandals.

The First Game Ever

It was the beginning of a grand tradition - a football game day in Laramie. In 1893, the Cowboys took the field for the first time as an official football team. On Feb. 22, 1893, the University of Wyoming defeated Cheyenne High School in a 14-0 contest, the only game played that season. The 11 brave souls who took the field that day, under the direction of coach Fred Hess, had no idea the legacy they would eventually leave - a winning tradition of Cowboy Football.