#120CowboyTough, 23 Days to Kickoff: Stars Shine Brighter Under The Lights

Aug. 9, 2013

LARAMIE, Wyo. -


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Stars Shine Brighter Under The Lights

Nearly 40 years after the Cowboys began playing in the venue, War Memorial Stadium had never hosted a night game. That changed in 1988, when an agreement between UW, BYU and ESPN tabbed Wyoming's season opener as the first Thursday night game in network history and the first night kickoff in the War.

There was only one catch: The stadium didn't have lights. So ESPN provided four massive lighting trucks and a 175,000-watt generator. The Cowboys provided the highlights.

The UW defense limited a talented and nationally ranked BYU squad to just 213 yards of offense and forced three fumbles. The Cougar quarterbacks became very familiar with the Cowboy defense, which spent a lot of the evening in the BYU backfield. The game featured BYU's Ty Detmer, forced into action at quarterback due to injury. He had a rough night against the Pokes, being sacked four times and tossing four picks, although he had immense talent - three seasons later, he won the Heisman Trophy.

But the night belonged to players such as UW senior defensive end Dave Edeen, who had five sacks, including four in the first half. Tackle Pat Rabold had 11 tackles with two sacks, while linebacker Mike Schenbeck had two sacks and a fumble recovery. The offense wasn't bad either. QB Randy Welniak threw for two TDs and ran for another and receiver Freddie Dussett caught four balls for 97 yards and a score. UW cruised to a 24-14 win to open the season with a dominant victory in its first home night game.

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.