#120CowboyTough, 28 Days to Kickoff: Setting the Table For Success

Aug. 4, 2013

LARAMIE, Wyo. -


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Setting the Table For Success

A new decade dawned for Cowboy football in 1980, and the architect of that era was Pat Dye. He took the reins for the 1980 season after coaching at East Carolina for the previous six seasons. Despite staying just one season in Laramie and piloting the Cowboys to a 6-5 mark, Dye's contribution was felt for years afterward.

In the decade prior to his arrival the Cowboys had just one year in which they finished better than .500. In Dye's only year he changed the culture enough to win six games and secure a winning season. Dye and the Pokes beat Oregon State, Utah, San Diego State and UTEP that season. He also impacted future Cowboy teams with the staff he brought on, including his offensive coordinator Al Kincaid, who went on to become the next coach of UW.

In 1981, Dye became the head coach of Auburn and throughout his career, compiled a head coaching record of 153-62-5. He was the Auburn's athletic director from 1981 to 1991 and was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame as a coach in 2005.

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.