Countdown to Kickoff #55: UW Grad Takes The Reins

July 8, 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.

UW Grad Takes The Reins

Nearly 20 years after UW played its first football game, a University of Wyoming graduate was elevated to the position of head coach for the Pokes. L.C. Excelby has the honor of being the first UW graduate to be named head coach of the Cowboys. He took the helm in 1912 and presided over a 2-7 campaign. Beginning the season with five-straight losses, Excelby guided UW to wins over South Dakota Mines and Chadron State in consecutive weeks. But Wyoming dropped the remaining two contests, and Excelby was replaced by R.W. Thacker the next season.