Date: Nov. 8, 1999Wyoming Football Contacts: Kevin McKinney, Sports Information DirectorTim Harkins, Assistant Sports Information Director
The Wyoming Cowboys (5-3, 2-2 in the Mountain West) vs.The Brigham Young Cougars (8-1, 5-0 in the Mountain West)
To Be Televised by SportsWest, Saturday, Nov. 13, 1999and To Be Carried By KTWO-TV of Casper, Wyo.Game No. 9: Saturday, Nov. 13, 1999, 4:07 p.m., M.T.Gamesite: War Memorial Stadium (33,500), Laramie, Wyo.Series Record: Wyoming trails 28-34-3Last Meeting: Dec. 7, 1996, Wyoming lost 25-28 in overtime in the WAC Championship Game in Las Vegas, Nev.Wyoming Head Coach: Dana Dimel (Kansas State '86) Overall Head-Coaching Record 21-11 (.656), 3rd year Record at Wyoming SameOpponent Head Coach: LaVell Edwards (Utah State '52) Overall Head-Coaching Record 251-92-3 (.730), 28th year Record at Current School SameCaptains: Wyoming's 1999 captains are seniors #67 Dan Delcorio, C, #22Robbie Duncan, CB, #39 Jared Jarnagin, MIKE, #83 Wendell Montgomery, WR, and#93 Brian Van Emmerik, DE. Wyoming Cowboys Brigham Young CougarsDate Opponent Time/Result Date Opponent Time/ResultSept. 4 at Tennessee L 17-42 Sept. 9 Washington W 35-28Sept. 11 Weber State W 41-16 Sept. 16 Colorado State* W 34-13Sept. 25 at Air Force* W 10-7 Sept. 25 Virginia L 40-45Oct. 2 Idaho W 28-13 Oct. 1 at Utah State (ot) W 34-31Oct. 9 UNLV* L 32-35 Oct. 9 California W 38-28Oct. 16 at La.-Monroe W 38-20 Oct. 16 at New Mexico* W 31-7Oct. 23 Colorado State* L 13-24 Oct. 23 at UNLV* W 29-0Nov. 6 at Utah* W 43-29 Oct. 30 Air Force* W 27-20Nov. 13 Brigham Young* 4:07 p.m. Nov. 6 at San Diego State* W 30-7Nov. 20 New Mexico* 12:07 p.m. Nov. 13 at Wyoming* 4:07p.m.Nov. 27 at San Diego St.* 5:00 p.m. Nov. 20 Utah* 1:00p.m.
*Indicates Mountain West Conference games. All times are Mountain time.All times listed are Mountain time, tentative and subject to change.
Wyoming vs. BYU Game to be Televised by SportsWest at 4:07 p.m. MountainTime From Laramie: This week's game between long-time rivals Wyoming andBrigham Young will be televised by SportsWest television out of Salt LakeCity, Utah. The game will be carried in the state of Wyoming by KTWO-TV ofCasper, Wyo. Tom Kirkland will serve as play-by-play announcer. He will bejoined by color analyst Blaine Fowler. That means that of Wyoming's first nine games of the 1999 season,six of those nine will be televised by SportsWest, ESPN2 or ESPN RegionalTelevision (ERT). The 1999 season will see at least one other Wyoming Cowboy gametelevised. That game will be the Wyoming game at San Diego State onSaturday, Nov. 27. That game will carrried by ESPN, starting at 5:00 p.m.Mountain time (4:00 p.m. Pacific).
Putting Up Points: The Wyoming Cowboys scored the most points of the seasonin their 43-29 win at Utah on Nov. 6. It was the most points scored by the Pokes since Sept. 6, 1997, whenWyoming defeated Iowa State in Laramie by a score of 56-10. The 43 points was also the most scored in a conference game by theCowboys in the Dana Dimel era.
Shutting Down the Rush: The last two weeks, the Cowboys have faced the toptwo rushers in the Mountain West Conference in Kevin McDougal of ColoradoState and Mike Anderson of Utah. McDougal entered the Wyoming game averaging 116.6 yards per gamerushing. The Cowboy defense held him to only 61 yards rushing -- 55.6 yardsunder his average. Anderson entered the Wyoming contest rushing for 92.6 yards pergame. Wyoming defenders held him to 45 yards rushing -- 47.6 yards underhis average.
How Close is the Recent Wyoming-BYU Series? The recent series between theWyoming Cowboys and BYU Cougars can be described by the No. 3. In the last three meetings between the two Rocky Mountain rivals,each game has been won by BYU by identical three-point margins. The last meeting in Laramie was Oct. 17, 1992, when BYU won 31-28. The last meeting in Provo was Oct. 21, 1995, when the Cougarsprevailed 23-20. The most recent meeting came in the inaugural Western AthleticConference Championship Game in 1996 in Las Vegas, Nev. On Dec. 7, 1996,BYU won in overtime 28-25.
Title Hopes of Several Teams Depend on Outcome of Wyoming-BYU Matchup: TheWyoming-BYU game has always carried added meaning. The two teams exited the Western Athletic Conference this year asthe two winningest programs in terms of regular-season conference victoriesand conference championships. And now the first Mountain West Conference title is coming down tothe last two weeks of the season. Not only are the Cowboys trying to keep their title chances alivethis week, but a victory by UW would keep the hopes alive for a tie for theconference title by Colorado State, New Mexico and Utah. If BYU wins the Cougars clinch the first MWC football championship.Wyoming's Jay Stoner Named MWC Offensive Player of the Week: Wyoming juniorquarterback Jay Stoner was named Mountain West Conference Offensive Playerof the Week this week as he posted the second-best passing performance ofhis career. Stoner completed 21 of 38 passes (.553) for 349 yards in a 43-29 winover Utah. Stoner accomplished that feat despite being sacked seven times.His best career day came against UNLV in 1998 when he threw for 357 yards. Stoner shared this week's honor with Colorado State wide receiverFrank Rice. BYU linebacker Rob Morris was named the MWC Defensive Player ofthe Week. CSU punter Deone Horinek earned Special Teams Player of the Weekhonors.
The MWC's Top Two Passing Offenses and Top Quarterbacks to Faceoff ThisWeek: The Wyoming Cowboys and Brigham Young Cougars will faceoff Saturdayin a matchup of the top two passing offenses in the league. BYU leads the MWC in passing offense, averaging 321.8 yards pergame. Wyoming ranks second at 240.9 yards through the air per game.Nationally, the Cougars rank No. 9, and Wyoming ranks No. 32. On an individual basis, this game will feature last year's First andSecond Team All-Conference quarterbacks in BYU's Kevin Feterik and Wyoming'sJay Stoner. Feterik was the First Team WAC Pacific Division QB a year ago,and Stoner was the Second Team WAC Mountain Division QB. Although he was hampered by injuries earlier this season, Stoner isnow back to his winning ways. The junior from Colorado Springs suffered abruised shoulder in the first half at Tennessee and missed the entire secondhalf. He also suffered a bruised sternum and missed the entire UNLV andLouisiana-Monroe games. But Stoner came back to start against ColoradoState and threw for 257 yards. Last week, he guided the Pokes to a 43-29victory at Utah and enjoyed the second best passing day of his career,throwing for 349 yards. Stoner currently ranks third in the conference inpassing yards (178.0 yards per game) and sixth in passing efficiency (129.8rating). Nationally, Stoner ranks No. 39 in the NCAA in passing efficiency. BYU's Feterik leads the league in passing yards (320.3 yards pergame) and is second in passing efficiency (146.3 rating). In the nationalrankings, Feterik is No. 7 in passing efficiency and is No. 8 in totaloffense (313.4 yards per game).
Special Teams Outstanding for Pokes: The Wyoming special teams have beenoutstanding for the Cowboys this season. Wyoming leads the Mountain WestConference in kickoff returns and ranks No. 2 in the MWC in net punting.The Cowboys also rank No. 6 in the nation in kickoff returns and No. 21 innet punting. Individually, Wyoming's Alex English ranks No. 1 in the MWC inkickoff returns. English hasn't averaged enough returns per game to qualifyfor NCAA rankings. Place-kicker Aaron Elling is No. 4 in the league andranks No. 31 nationally in field goals made, averaging 1.25 field goals pergame. Punter Tom Waring is No. 3 in the league and No. 21 in the nation inpunting. Senior running back/punt returner Jon Jennings also sits in theNo. 3 spot in punt returns in the league and No. 50 nationally. Below is abreakdown of where the Cowboys' special teams rank. Statistical Category Rank in the MWC (Avg.) Rank in the NCAA (Avg.)Individual Punting Tom Waring, No. 3, 42.6 Tom Waring, No. 21, 42.6Individual Kickoff Returns Alex English, No. 1, 32.0 NAIndividual Field Goals Aaron Elling, No. 4, 1.25 pg Aaron Elling, No. 31, 1.25pgIndividual Punt Returns Jon Jennings, No. 3, 9.2 No. 50, 9.2 yards per returnTeam Net Punting Wyoming, No. 2, 38.5 Wyoming, No. 21, 38.5Team Kickoff Returns Wyoming, No. 1, 25.5 Wyoming, No. 6, 25.5Team Punt Returns Wyoming, No. 5, 8.1 No. 75, 8.1
From Sick Bay: The Cowboys came out of the Utah game in relatively goodshape physically with no serious injuries. The injury list includes thosewho did not play last week. Here is the report as of Monday:Brian Van Emmerik, thigh contusion, probable.Rob Kellerman, thigh contusion, probable.Robbie Duncan, ankle sprain, questionable.Louis Horton, ankle sprain, questionable.Jerel Haynes, knee sprain, questionable.Jon Jennings, rib separation, questionable.Anthony Stannard, knee sprain, questionable.Brahms Derenoncourt, foot sprain, questionable.Herman White, shoulder sprain, probable.
BYU Travel Plans: The Cougars will fly into Cheyenne Friday afternoon andbus to Laramie. They will headquarter at Foster's Country Inn, Best Western.They will return to Provo, following the game.
Series Record with BYU: The Cowboys and Cougars renew their rivalry thisseason, marking the first time since the 1996 WAC Championship game that thetwo teams have met on the football field. This will be the 66th meeting ever between the two institutions.BYU leads the overall series 34-28, and there have been three ties. This meeting will be the first in the regular season since 1995, andis the first time since the 1992 campaign that BYU has played in WarMemorial Stadium. Wyoming owns a 15-12 advantage at home. All three of the ties camein Laramie. BYU is 21-13 in games played at Provo. The Cougars have now won six in a row in the series, their longestwinning streak, and 15 of the last 18 games played. Wyoming's longestwinning streak in the series is seven games. Wyoming's last victory in theseries came Sept. 1, 1988, at Laramie, 24-14, the first night game in thehistory of War Memorial Stadium, and the first time BYU and Wyoming had everopened a season against one another In the last meeting between the two, the championship game at LasVegas, the Cougars won in overtime 28-25 to win the WAC crown. In the last meeting during the regular season, the Cougars won 23-20at Provo. The last time the two got together in Laramie (Oct. 17, 1992),BYU won 31-28.
About the Cougars: The Cougars enter Saturday's game with an 8-1 overallmark, and a 5-0 Mountain West Conference record. The Cougars are undefeatedon the road, having won at Utah State, at New Mexico, at UNLV and at SanDiego State. Their lone loss came at home to Virginia. BYU has out-scored its opponents by 298 to 179, and enters the gameaveraging 440 yards of total offense to 287 for the opponents. The Cougarsare averaging 322 yards per game through the air. Leading the offense is quarterback Kevin Feterik who is having anoutstanding season. He has thrown for 22 TD passes, and has an efficiencyrating of 146.26. He has completed 225 of 354 for 2,883 yards. He hasthrown 11 interceptions. His top receiver has been a junior from Waco, Margin Hooks. Throughnine games, Hooks has caught 46 passes for 785 yards and a team-leading fivetouchdowns. He is averaging 17 yards per reception. Another junior receiver, Ben Horton has caught 35 for 373 yards. On the ground freshman sensation Luke Staley has produced a solidyear. The Oregon Player of the Year as a prep senior has rushed 92 timesfor 470 yards, an average of 4.7 yards per carry, and has scored ateam-leading 10 touchdowns. He is averaging 54 yards per game. Hisfreshman running mate at running back, Fahu Tahi, also a freshman, hasrushed 86 times for 434 yards and two touchdowns. The Cougars have been very good on defense with a pair of premierplayers in middle linebacker Rob Morris and right end Byron Frisch. Bothare senior veterans who anchor the defense. Morris has a total of 57 tackles, and four sacks. He has missedtime due to injury. Frisch has a total of 43 tackles including 13 for lossand five sacks. Left tackle Chris Hoke also has five sacks. Left end GaliSetema has produced seven sacks. The team's leading tackler is weak safety Jared Lee who has 71 totalstops and three interceptions. Leading the team in scoring is one of the league's best placekickers, Owen Pochman, a junior who has scored 80 points thus far. He hashit on 16 of 21 field goals thus far including 5 of 6 from 30 to 39 yards
About Coach LaVell Edwards: A legend in collegiate football, LaVell Edwardsis in his 28th year at BYU, and has compiled a 251-92-3 record. Along the way he has earned National Coach of the Year honors(1984), won 18 conference titles, and coached in 21 bowl games. The 1952 graduate of Utah State has coached a Heisman Trophy winner,two Outland Trophy winners and four Davey O'Brien Trophy winners. A totalof 31 Cougars have been recognized as All-Americas, and 173 Cougars named tothe All-WAC team. A total of 134 Cougars have been named to theAll-Conference Academic team. He also was a selection to the Utah Sports Hall of Fame, the UtahState All Century team. That's the kind of success he has had. He is now the eighth winningest active coach.
Last Meeting: The last time these two programs met for a regular-season gamewas Oct. 21, 1995 at Cougar Stadium. A crowd of 60,376 saw the Cougars winthe game, 23-20. In a very atypical Wyoming-BYU game, the Cowboys led at the end ofone quarter, 3-0 on a Cory Wedel field goal. The Cougars added a couple ofBill Hansen field goals in the second quarter, and it was 6-3 at half. BYU scored 10 in the third period, the big one a 90-yard punt returnby James Dye, and the Cowboys received a 15-yard TD pass from Josh Wallworkto Marcus Harris. BYU added a TD in the fourth, while the Cowboys scored 10, and felljust short. Wyoming had 374 yards of total offense to 369 for the Cougars.Wallwork was 24 of 39 for 257 yards and two touchdowns but threw twointerceptions. Harris caught 11 for 189 yards and two touchdowns. Last Meeting at Laramie: The date was Oct. 17, 1992, and the site WarMemorial Stadium. A crowd of 21,709 saw Wyoming jump out to a 21-7 lead at halftime.But the Cougars came back with 24 points in the second half to win the game31-28. Quarterback Joe Hughes had a big day for Wyoming completing 34 of 51passes for 399 yards and two touchdowns. His top target was Ryan Yarboroughwho caught 13 passes for 201 yards and a TD. BYU QB Ryan Hancock was even more impressive throwing for 408 yardson 24 of 40, and three touchdowns. Wyoming threw a pair of interceptions and fumbled once, BYU did notcommit a turnover.
1999 University of Wyoming Highlights: *Wyoming is not currently ranked in the Top 25, but is tied for 41stin this week's Associated Press media poll. UW was ranked as high as No. 15 inthe New York Times computer rankings (Oct. 3), and was No.27 in the Associated Press media poll (Oct. 3). *Defeated No. 24 ranked Air Force 10-7 in Colorado Springs, Colo.,Sept. 25, 1999 *Broke Air Force's 11-game winning streak -- the longest in thenation. *Wyoming was the first team in Mountain West Conference history torecord a conference road win -- a 10-7 win at Air Force on Sept. 25, 1999. *In the first month of the '99 season, Wyoming played the twowinningest teams in the nation over the previous two seasons (Tennessee and AirForce) and played three teams that won bowl games in 1998 (Tennessee, Air Force andIdaho). Wyoming posted a 3-1 record against those teams.
Wyoming Highlights Entering This Week: *Wyoming is now 5-3, 2-2 in the Mountain West Conference. *UW is 2-2 at home. The Pokes defeated Weber State (41-16) andIdaho (28-13), and lost to UNLV (32-35) and Colorado State (13-24). *The Cowboys are 3-1 in road games for the '99 season, having won atAir Force (10-7), at Louisiana-Monroe (38-20) and at Utah(43-29). UW's only road loss was at Tennessee (17-42). *Wyoming is 3-1 in day games during the 1999 season. *This season's meeting between Wyoming and BYU is the first sincethe 1996 WAC Championship game when UW lost in overtime 25-28 in Las Vegas,Nev. *The Cowboys and Cougars will be meeting for the 66th time on thegridiron this week. The '99 meeting will be the first regular-season meetingsince 1995, and is the first time since 1992 that BYU hasplayed in War Memorial Stadium. *Wyoming and BYU renew a long-time standing rivalry this week. From1946-1992 the two Rocky Mountain schools played 47 consecutivegames. The string was broken in 1993 when Fresno State joined the WAC and BYU became the team Wyoming didn't play for two seasons ('93 and '94). The two teams did play in '95 at Provo and in the Inaugural WAC Championship game in '96 at Las Vegas. *Wyoming junior quarterback Jay Stoner posted the second best day ofhis career when he threw for 349 yards vs. Utah last week.Stoner completed 21 of 38 passes (.553). His career bestday was against UNLV in 1998 when he threw for 357 yards. *Stoner also passed the 5,000-yard milestone in career passing yardslast Saturday. He enters this week with 5,331 yards to rank No. 4all-time at Wyoming. *Wendell Montgomery caught a pass in his 38th consecutive game vs.Utah on Nov. 6, 1999, extending his school record. He brokethe previous school mark of 36 consecutive games which washeld by Ryan Yarborough (1990-93). *Senior wide receiver Wendell Montgomery recorded a 100-yard receiving game vs. Utah. Montgomery caught four passes for111 yards. His career best was 158 yards against UNLV in '98. *The Cowboys have now won three straight games on the road. UWwon at Air Force on Sept. 25 (10-7), at Louisiana-Monroe on Oct. 16(38-20) and at Utah on Nov. 6 (43-29). The last time Wyoming loston the road was in the season opener at defending nationalchampion Tennessee on Sept. 4 (17-42). *Wyoming is now 2-0 on the road in the Mountain West Conference,having won at Air Force and at Utah. *Forcing turnovers has been a strength for the Cowboys defense in1999. Against Utah last Saturday, the Pokes forced six turnovers- three fumbles and three interceptions. Two of the interceptionslater resulted in Wyoming touchdowns, and one of the fumble recoveriescame on a Cowboy sack which was recovered by UW linebackerCortney Barnes in the end zone for a TD. The Cowboy defensealso recored its first safety of the season when Wyoming banditPatrick Chukwurah sacked Utah's quarterback in the end zone. *For the season, Wyoming has forced 11 opponent fumbles andpicked off 12 opponent passes. Including one safety, thoseturnovers have resulted in 13 TDS, 3 FGs and one safety for atotal of 102 points.
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