Aug 28, 2013
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
Two seasons after taking over the program, UW head coach Dave Christensen and the Pokes made a breakthrough in 2011. Compiling an 8-5 mark, it was a year featuring several memorable moments.
The Pokes went 8-5, the first eight-win season since 1998. Among those wins were four road victories, the highest road-win total since 1996. After winning the first two games of the season in Laramie, UW traveled to Bowling Green and gutted out a 28-27 victory thanks to a block PAT to end the game. The Cowboys followed that up with two losses, but rebounded with authority against UNLV, posting a dominant 41-14 victory. On the road at San Diego State, UW jumped out to a 30-0 lead and survived a 30-27 contest to sit at 5-2. A close victory at Air Force (25-17) and at home over New Mexico (31-10) put the Cowboys in great position, and a road win over rival Colorado State (22-19) gave the Pokes an 8-4 mark to end the regular season. The Cowboys were 5-2 in conference play, good for third in the MW, the team's highest finish in conference since 2006.
Individually, quarterback Brett Smith was named the Mountain West Freshman of the Year, while Christensen was tabbed as the conference Coach of the Year.
Wyoming capped off the year with an appearance in the Gildan New Mexico Bowl on Dec. 17 Albuquerque, N.M., versus Temple.
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.
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