#120CowboyTough, 15 Days to Kickoff: What a Great Two Weeks

Aug 17, 2013

LARAMIE, Wyo. -


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What a Great Two Weeks

The three-year era of Dana Dimel as Wyoming's head football coach was marked with big wins over tough opponents. Nowhere was this more evident than in 1999, when UW defeated two rivals in consecutive weeks. On Nov. 6, the Pokes soundly defeated Utah in Salt Lake City, 43-29. Starting the game down 10-0, UW outscored the Utes 43-19 through the final three quarters. Wide receiver Wendell Montgomery had four catches for 111 yards, while Cliff Brye and Brock Ralph each had two rushing TDs. On the defensive side, Trent Gamble, Matt Lehning and Jared Jarnigan each had 11 tackles.

One week later, Wyoming beat 15th-ranked BYU in Laramie with a 31-17 effort. Quarterback Jay Stoner had a great day, going 20-for-30 for 302 yards and three passing TDs. Montgomery had seven grabs for 122 yards and two scores, and the Cowboy defense limited BYU to just 29 rush yards. Lehning had 13 tackles, followed by Patrick Chukwurah with 13 stops and two sacks and Jarnigan had 11 tackles.

Wyoming finished 7-4 that season, the fourth-straight season of seven or more wins. Dimel left Wyoming to become the head coach of the University of Houston after the 1999 season.

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.