Sept. 7, 2009
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
This week the Wyoming Cowboys will host the highest-ranked team to ever visit Laramie, Wyo., -- the No. 2 ranked Texas Longhorns. Prior to this week's game, the highest ranked team to play in Laramie was Utah back in the 2004 season when they were ranked No. 7.
Both the Cowboys and Longhorns will enter Saturday's game with 1-0 records this season. Wyoming defeated Weber State 29-22 in its season opener, while Texas posted a 59-20 home victory over Louisiana-Monroe. Saturday's game is scheduled to kick off at 1:30 p.m., Mountain Time from Wyoming's War Memorial Stadium.
Saturday's game is officially sold out, after the final 700 general admission tickets were bought up by fans online Sunday, Sept. 6. The game will be televised live on VERSUS.
With the No. 2 ranked Texas Longhorns coming to town this week, the question has been asked, "What is the highest ranked team that the Wyoming Cowboys have ever defeated?"
The answer is the No. 11 ranked Arizona State Sun Devils on Sept. 30, 1972, in Wyoming's War Memorial Stadium. ASU was coached by the legendary Frank Kush. Wyoming won the game 45-43 in 1972.
The most recent win by a Cowboy team over a Top 15 ranked opponent came on Nov. 13, 1999, when UW defeated then No. 12 ranked BYU 31-17 in Laramie.
UW enters this week's game ranked second in the nation in turnover margin as the Wyoming defense forced five turnovers by Weber State in Week 1. Offensively, the Cowboys rank No. 21 in the country in rushing offense, having rushed for 246 yards in the season opener.
Senior defensive tackle John Fletcher recorded two sacks this past Saturday to move into eighth place on the Wyoming career sack list. He ranks No. 4 in the nation in sacks this season. True freshman strong safety Shamiel Gary intercepted three Weber State passes to tie a Wyoming school record for interceptions in a single game. He is tied for the nation's lead in interceptions for this season.
Texas will come to Laramie ranked No. 9 in the nation in total offense, accounting for 562 yards against ULM. UT is also No. 5 in scoring offense, having scored 59 points in their season-opening victory. Their offense is led by Heisman Trophy candidate Colt McCoy. The senior quarterback was the Walter Camp Player of the Year last season.
Wyoming and Texas have played only two previous times. Both of those games were played in Austin, Texas. The Longhorns have been ranked in the Associated Press Top 10 each of the three times they've faced the Cowboys. On Sept. 21, 1974, Texas was ranked No. 9 and defeated UW 34-7. Wyoming returned to Austin on Sept. 23, 1978, and lost to the then No. 6 ranked Longhorns 17-3.
Texas will be the first of back-to-back Big 12 Conference opponents for Wyoming. On Saturday, Sept. 19, the Cowboys will travel to Boulder, Colo., to play the Colorado Buffaloes.