Wyoming and Virginia Will Meet for the First Time This Saturday

Sept. 5, 2006


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The Wyoming Cowboys and Virginia Cavaliers will meet for the first time on the gridiron this coming Saturday, Sept. 9. Wyoming (1-0, 0-0 in the Mountain West Conference) will travel to Charlottesville, Va., to play Virginia (0-1, 0-0 in the Atlantic Coast Conference) in a game scheduled to kick off at 1:30 p.m., Mountain Time (3:30 p.m. Eastern Time).

Wyoming is coming off a dominating, 38-7, home victory over Utah State last Saturday. This Saturday's game will be the home opener for Virginia, which lost last week on the road at Pittsburgh by a score of 13-38.

The Wyoming Cowboys hold a 3-0 advantage in previous meetings versus Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) schools. Wyoming holds a 1-0 advantage over Florida State and a 2-0 mark versus North Carolina State. The last time Wyoming played an ACC school was almost 40 years ago on Dec. 24, 1966, when the Pokes defeated Florida State 28-20 in the 1966 Sun Bowl in El Paso, Texas. The Cowboys defeated N.C. State in Raleigh, N.C., by a 26-0 margin in 1959, and came back two seasons later to defeat the Wolfpack 15-14 in Laramie.

Under head coach Joe Glenn and his staff, Wyoming has a 3-4 (.429) record against teams from leagues with automatic bids to BCS Bowl games. In Wyoming's last four meetings versus BCS automatic qualifying leagues, the Cowboys have built a 3-1 (.750) record.

UW will be looking for its first 2-0 start to a season since 1996. The `96 Cowboy squad began 2-0 on way to a 10-2 season and No. 22 final ranking in both the Associated Press Media Poll and USA Today Coaches' Poll.

Never in the 110 seasons of Wyoming Football have the Cowboys played a football game in the state of Virginia -- that is until this week's game versus the Virginia Cavaliers.

While Wyoming hasn't ever played a game on the road in the state of Virginia, UW has played two other teams from the state of Virginia. Wyoming's first meeting with a team from Virginia came way back at the conclusion of the 1950 season when the Pokes played Washington & Lee University in the 1951 Gator Bowl on Jan. 1, 1951. It was Wyoming's first-ever bowl game, and the Cowboys defeated Washington & Lee by a score of 20-7 in Jacksonville, Fla.

The only other Virginia team to face the Cowboys in football was Richmond. The Pokes hosted Richmond in back-to-back seasons -- 1979 and `80. UW defeated the Spiders, 9-7, on Sept. 22, 1979, in War Memorial Stadium and came back the next year to win, 35-14, on Sept. 20, 1980, in a game also played in Laramie.

There is no television coverage of this week's game, but the game will be carried live on the 26 affiliate stations of the Cowboy Sports Network, beginning with the pregame show one hour before kickoff at 12:30 p.m., Mountain Time.