#120CowboyTough, 17 Days to Kickoff: Joe Knows Football

Aug 15, 2013

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Joe Knows Football

Joe Tiller learned from one of the best, and in time, became one of the best in UW history. An assistant coach under legendary coach Paul Roach from 1987-88, Tiller became the UW head man in 1991 and directed some of the most successful teams in UW history. Over six seasons, he won 39 games and led the Cowboys to the Copper Bowl in 1993. In his last season, he guided the 1996 Cowboys to a 10-2 mark and a spot in the WAC Championship game after winning the Pacific Division of the conference. Tiller was named WAC Coach of the Year for his efforts. He was twice named the American Football Coaches Association Region 4 Coach of the Year, in 1993 and 1996.

Tiller coached five All-America honorees, including three in 1996 - wide receiver Marcus Harris, offensive tackle Steve Scifres and placekicker Cory Wedel. Harris and fellow wideout Ryan Yarbrough were two-time All-America honorees during Tiller's tenure. Punter Brian Gragert also was an All-America performer. Four Cowboys earned First Team Academic All-America awards, including Ryan Christopherson (1994), Joe Cummings (1995) and Jay Korth and Cory Wedel in 1996.

He went on to coach Purdue in the Big Ten and became the school's winningest coach, guiding the Boilermakers to 10 bowls in 12 seasons.

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.