July 30, 2013
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
Quite a Year for Wyoming
After six straight seasons with a sub-.500 record, 1976 was the turnaround season for which Cowboy fans had been waiting.
After a 1-1 start with a win over South Dakota and a close loss to Michigan State, the UW faithful may have been nervous for another year of mediocrity. But the Pokes reeled off five straight wins over conference foes like Arizona State, New Mexico and Utah to sit in the driver's seat for the conference title. Over 11 regular-season games, eight victories were enough to clinch the WAC crown - the first conference title since 1968.
Among the notable wins was a game against rival BYU on the road, a 34-29 victory. The Cowboys had not won in Provo in the previous three trips, and only once in the previous six meetings overall. Wyoming ended the season with a bid to the Fiesta Bowl against Oklahoma on Christmas.
UW head man Fred Akers was named Coach of the Year in the WAC for his efforts.
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.
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