#120CowboyTough, 19 Days to Kickoff: To Be The Best, You Have To Beat The Best

Aug 13, 2013

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To Be The Best, You Have To Beat The Best

On the strength of a powerful passing attack and a strong defense, the 1993 Cowboys tied for first in the WAC standings with Fresno State and BYU. But the road to the regular-season title wasn't an easy one. The conference wins were hard enough to come by - UW beat Utah, Air Force, UTEP, Hawai'i, San Diego State and Fresno State. But the non-conference slate was no picnic, either. The schedule that season featured several teams with prolific quarterbacks.

After starting out the season with a 27-16 loss to Oregon State, the Cowboys rebounded with seven-consecutive victories. During that run, UW defeated three teams with quarterbacks who went on to play in the NFL. There was a 45-42 win over Northern Iowa, led by Kurt Warner, on Sept. 11. A week later, UW toppled San Jose State and Jeff Garcia in a 36-25 contest. On Oct. 30 of the same season, the Pokes downed Trent Dilfer and Fresno State, 32-28. Led by a talented quarterback of their own, Joe Hughes, the Pokes finished 8-4 that year and went on to play in the Copper Bowl against Kansas State. Hughes is No. 5 in UW history in career yards (6,078), No. 4 in attempts (787) and completions (452), No. 5 in TD passes (38) and No. 2 in single-season yards, with 3,372 in 1993. He was aided by the efforts of one of UW's best running backs ever, Ryan Christopherson, who tallied 1,042 rushing yards that season.

As for the opponents that season, Warner is perhaps the most distinguished player on the list - a two-time NFL MVP, he appeared in three Super Bowls and was the game's MVP in Super Bowl XXXIV in 1999. Dilfer won Super Bowl XXXV in 2000 with the Baltimore Ravens, while Garcia was a four-time Pro Bowl selection with the San Francisco 49ers.

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.