#120CowboyTough, 22 Days to Kickoff: No Quit In This Team

Aug. 10, 2013


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No Quit In This Team

A 3-0 start for the 1988 Cowboys had fans and the Cowboys thinking big, and for good reason. The UW offense was humming along, while the defense was shutting opponents down.

But in the annual rivalry game against Air Force on Sept. 24, the Pokes were in a tight spot. After UW led 17-10 at the half in Colorado Springs, the Falcons reeled off 28 unanswered points in the third quarter to take a 38-17 advantage heading into the final frame.

Things looked bleak, but the Cowboys never gave up. Thanks in large part to the play of QB Randy Welniak, UW tied it up at 45-all with 1:36 remaining. An Air Force fumble with 45 seconds left gave the Cowboys life, and Welniak drove the Pokes to the Air Force 9-yard line with one second left. Placekicker Sean Fleming drilled a 27-yard field goal as time expired for the 48-45 UW win.

The fourth quarter featured a UW offensive explosion as the Pokes outscored the Falcons 31-7. For the game, Welniak had 359 yards passing and 108 yards rushing, the first player in NCAA history to post such numbers, and he scored four touchdowns. Receiver Freddie Dussett had six grabs for 82 yards and two scores, while safety Eric Coleman had 16 tackles and linebacker Mike Schenbeck had 10.

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.