#120CowboyTough, 51 Days to Kickoff: Lighting Up The Scoreboard

July 12, 2013


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Lighting Up The Scoreboard

Scoring was nothing new to the UW faithful in the Bowden Wyatt coaching era (1947-52), but one Saturday afternoon in 1949, a mark was set that may never be reached again. The Cowboys, armed with a 7-0 mark, went to Greeley, Colo., to take on winless Colorado State Teachers College (now Northern Colorado) on Nov. 5. After scoring twice in the first quarter, the Cowboys turned it on in the second quarter when UW Hall of Famer Eddie "Boom Boom" Talboom scored on an 89-yard punt return TD and tossed 59- and 60-yard scoring passes.

UW was up 42-0 at the half with a victory well in hand, and Wyatt told his players that if anyone scored in the second half, "they would have to walk home." That warning was not heeded, as the third- and fourth-stringers scored six touchdowns in the third quarter and four more in the fourth. When the dust settled, UW had won the game by a staggering 103-0 margin, a modern-day NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision record for most points in one game. The Cowboys scored 15 touchdowns and kicked 13 extra points, both NCAA records. UW rolled up 812 yards of total offense, including 460 on the ground and 352 through the air.

About the #120CowboyTough Countdown

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 Athletics Twitter (@wyoathletics) and Facebook pages (Wyoming Cowboys). Fans are encouraged to use #120CowboyTough when sharing their memories.

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.