#120CowboyTough, 8 Days to Kickoff: A Special Season

Aug 24, 2013


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A Special Season

Grit, moxie, toughness - call it what you want, but the 2009 Cowboys had it.

A year after finishing 4-8, a new coach came to Laramie. Dave Christensen changed the culture upon arrival, instilling a new attitude among his players that urged them to finish games. The Pokes did just that, making nearly every game exciting until the very end.

After a season-opening win over Weber State, UW welcomed national powerhouse and second-ranked Texas to Laramie. Wyoming held a 10-6 lead late in the first half, but couldn't hold back the powerful Longhorns the rest of the way, much to the chagrin of the capacity crowd. A loss to Colorado on the road gave the Cowboys a 1-2 mark, but the team reeled off three-straight victories to get back into contention at 4-2. But again, a three-game skid in the next few weeks put the record below .500. But two wins in the final three regular-season games ensured a 6-6 mark. The Cowboys beat San Diego State 30-27 and Colorado State 17-16 in the regular-season finale in the Border War to earn the Pokes a bowl berth.

UW earned a trip to the New Mexico Bowl against Fresno State and won a 35-28 double-overtime thriller. Facing the nation's leading rusher in Ryan Mathews, the Cowboy defense held Fresno State out of the endzone on four rushing attempts from the UW 1 during the first overtime. UW defensive end Mitch Unrein, who had a key forced fumble in the fourth quarter, was the defensive MVP and played a role in the goal-line stand in overtime. In the second overtime, wide receiver David Leonard caught a 13-yard TD pass from quarterback Austyn Carta-Samuels for the game-winning score.

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.