#120CowboyTough, 21 Days to Kickoff: Offensive Firepower, and a Little Defense, Too

Aug. 11, 2013

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Offensive Firepower, and a Little Defense, Too

In one of the most entertaining games in Cowboy history, two quarterbacks took to the air to decide the contest. The date was Oct. 6, 1990, and Wyoming welcomed San Diego State to War Memorial Stadium.

The man leading the UW offense, Tom Corontzos, was one of the top quarterbacks in team history. From 1988-91, he amassed 7,945 passing yards, good for No. 2 in UW history. He is third all-time in career pass attempts, completions and TD passes. His counterpart for the day, SDSU's Dan McGwire, was a mountain of a man. The brother of former MLB slugger Mark McGwire, he stood at 6-feet-8-inches and weighed 240 pounds. He remains one of the tallest QBs ever to be drafted into the NFL, a first-round selection by the Seattle Seahawks.

Facing a potent Aztec passing attack, Corontzos picked a great time a career game. After a relatively quiet first quarter in which UW took a 7-0 lead, both offenses came alive in the remaining three quarters. Wyoming tallied 648 total yards of offense (a healthy 10.1 yards-per-play average,) while SDSU had 615. Corontzos threw for 421 yards on just 20 completions, a 21-yard-per-completion average, and tossed three TDs.

McGwire had a stellar day as well, throwing for 415 yards and five TDs. Each team had two receivers go for more than 115 yards. UW's Shawn Wiggins (eight catches, 166 yards, one TD) and Robert Rivers had four catches for 117 yards and one score.

The game was tight throughout, but when the dust settled, UW had a 52-51 win.

While it was an offensive display, UW's defense played its part. Linebacker Pete Gosar had 12 tackles, including two sacks. The biggest play of the game came when the Aztecs scored late in the fourth quarter to trail 52-51. SDSU elected to go for the two-point conversion and the win, but Wyoming All-America defensive lineman Mitch Donahue pressured McGwire on the attempt and the pass fell incomplete to preserve the UW win.

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.