#120CowboyTough, 27 Days to Kickoff: Davis and Kincaid Engineer an Upset

Aug. 5, 2013

LARAMIE, Wyo. -


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Davis and Kincaid Engineer an Upset

In Coach Al Kincaid's first season in 1981, expectations were low. Preseason predictions picked the Cowboys seventh in the conference. But with a quarterback like Phil Davis, those predictions went out the window. Davis' prowess running the option made UW a tough matchup for every team on the schedule. With wins over Cal State Fullerton, Air Force, UTEP and UNLV to begin the season, the UW train was rolling along when 13th-ranked BYU and star quarterback Jim McMahon came to Laramie on Oct. 24. No UW senior on the roster had ever beaten the Cougars, and this one meant everything to Wyoming.

The weather made things interesting. A blizzard made the teams earn every yard, but Wyoming's star QB made the most of his opportunities. Davis finished with 140 rushing yards and three TDs on the ground, along with 124 yards through the air and an 81-yard TD strike to tight end James Williams. When the horn sounded, the Pokes had a 33-20 upset victory, and Davis was named the WAC Offensive Player of the Week for his efforts.

As a bonus, Wyoming steamrolled Colorado State the next weekend, 55-21, and finished fourth in the WAC standings.

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.