#120CowboyTough, 34 Days to Kickoff: Going Deep

July 29, 2013


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Going Deep

You always want to beat your rival, and setting an all-time mark in the process is just icing on the cake.

The highly anticipated and annual Border War came up on the 1972 schedule. UW's quarterback, the fleet-footed and savvy Steve Cockreham, led a multi-faceted Wyoming attack that season, and against Colorado State, he and teammate Scott Freeman came up big.

At Hughes Stadium, the Rams got on the board first with a field goal in the first quarter to lead 3-0. A UW touchdown gave the Cowboys a narrow 7-3 lead to begin the second quarter, and with 7:58 left in the first half, Cockreham found Freeman for a 91-yard catch and run for a touchdown, one of four TDs in the quarter for the Pokes. The Cowboy defense limited the Rams to just six more points the entire game, and UW went on to thrash the rival Rams, 28-9, for one of four wins for the season. But the 91-yard bomb was the longest pass play of the season, and even 41 years later, remains the longest pass in program history.

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.