#120CowboyTough, 41 Days to Kickoff: 1967 Sugar Bowl

July 22, 2013


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1967 Sugar Bowl

After arguably the best season in Wyoming history, the 10-0 Cowboys were invited to the 1967 Sugar Bowl to face the LSU Tigers. The game featured two All-Americans from Wyoming, quarterback Paul Toscano, and running back Jim Kiick. UW, the only unbeaten team in the nation through the regular season, took a 7-0 lead on the first play of the second quarter when tailback Jim Kiick's 1-yard carry capped off an 80-yard drive. Heading into halftime, the Cowboys took a 13-0 lead as kicker Jerry Depoyster hit a then-Sugar Bowl record 49-yard field as the half expired. The Pokes had outgained the Tigers 215-38 in the first half.

The second half, however, was a different story. LSU found a rhythm and rolled up 20 unanswered points to go ahead 20-13 with 4:22 remaining in the game. A Wyoming fumble on their next possession allowed LSU to burn some clock, punting the ball away to UW with 39 seconds left, pinning the Pokes at their own 18-yard line. The Cowboys wouldn't go down without a fight, and drove the ball all the way down to the LSU 5-yard line. Eventually time would run out, leaving the Cowboys just 5 yards short of a perfect season. Despite the loss, the Cowboys ended up fifth in the nation in the final polls.

The game featured two of the all-time UW greats, including Kiick and Toscano. Kiick's smash-mouth running style earned him three All-WAC selections and an All-American accolade his senior season. In the 1968 NFL draft, Kiick was selected in the fifth round by the Miami Dolphins. He was also part of the 1972 Miami team that went unbeaten en route to a Super Bowl crown, which still remains the only undefeated team in NFL history. He even scored the winning touchdowns for his team in Super Bowls VII and VIII.

Toscano had proven himself as an All-WAC safety in 1966, but he stepped up to the challenge of becoming the team's quarterback in 1967. His skill set included tremendous speed and elusiveness out of the backfield. One of the highlights of the season was a 263-yard, four-touchdown performance over Air Force.

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.