#120CowboyTough, 37 Days to Kickoff: A Traveling Trophy Worthy of the Rivalry

July 26, 2013


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A Traveling Trophy Worthy of the Rivalry

Wyoming and Colorado State have battled on the gridiron in three centuries, making it one of the longest-running rivalries in the nation. The "Border War" is circled on the calendars of all Poke fans every year. But in 1968, some incentive was added to the series - the Bronze Boot traveling trophy. Worn by a CSU graduate and Vietnam War veteran, the combat boot was bronzed and the ROTC detachments of the two schools run the entire length of the route - 65 miles - to carry the trophy to the host school each season. The winner keeps the trophy for a whole season until the next game. Since its inception, the Boot has been in Laramie for 24 of the 45 years of the series.

The 2013 season will mark the 105th meeting between the two schools. Even in a mediocre season, keeping or claiming the Boot brings a great source of pride and bragging rights for the entire year. The good news for Pokes fans - UW is riding a four-game win streak and the Boot has been in Laramie since 2009.

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.