#120CowboyTough, 45 Days to Kickoff: Replacing a Legend

July 18, 2013


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Replacing a Legend

Filling the shoes of future Hall of Fame coach Bowden Wyatt would not be an easy task to behold, but Wyoming found a good one in Phil Dickens, who arrived in Laramie from Wofford College (SC) where he never had a losing season over six years and attained a 40-16-7 record as a head coach, including 20 straight wins during the 1949-50 seasons.

Dickens came from the same mold as Wyatt. Both starred at Tennessee under Gen. Robert Neyland's single-wing offense and both would use the same system to excel as coaches at Wyoming. While Dickens began his Wyoming career with solid marks in 1953 (5-4-1) and 1954 (6-4), the Cowboys really emerged in 1955 with an impressive 8-3 mark that included wins over Kansas State, Utah State, Tulsa, BYU and New Mexico. Although the Pokes lost the final two regular season games at Denver and Houston, Wyoming was the only school from the Skyline Conference to be invited to a bowl game and accepted the invite to play in the Jan. 2 Sun Bowl. Led by quarterback Joe Mastrogiovanni and backs Jerry Jester and Jim Crawford, UW defeated Texas Tech, 21-14, to capture the bowl win.

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.