Sept. 8, 2010
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
The Wyoming Cowboys travel to Texas this Saturday to face the Top-Five ranked Texas Longhorns. It has been a week of tragedy for the Cowboys following the death of freshman linebacker Ruben Narcisse in a car accident early Monday morning. The Cowboys will honor Narcisse by wearing his initials "RN" on their helmets, and starting strong safety Shamiel Gary will wear Narcisse's #12 jersey in the game on Saturday.
The Cowboys' opponent Saturday is the Texas Longhorns, who enter this weekend ranked No. 4 in the USA Today Coaches' Poll and No. 5 in the Associated Press Poll. It will be Wyoming's first trip to Austin, Texas, since Sept. 23, 1978, when the Cowboys lost by a score of 17-3. The most recent meeting between Wyoming and Texas came a year ago before a sellout crowd in War Memorial Stadium in Laramie, Wyo. The then No. 2 ranked Longhorns captured that victory by a score of 41-10, after leading the Cowboys by only three points at halftime, 13-10. Texas went on to become the runner-up for the BCS National Championship a year ago. Wyoming went on to earn a postseason bid of its own, defeating Fresno State in the New Mexico Bowl.
Two of the nation's top young quarterbacks will face off in Saturday's meeting. Wyoming sophomore QB Austyn Carta-Samuels threw for a career high 319 yards in Wyoming's season-opening victory over Southern Utah. Carta-Samuels ranks first in the Mountain West Conference in passing yards, passing efficiency and total offense. He ranks No. 6 in the nation in passing yards, No. 15 in passing efficiency and No. 14 in total offense. Texas is led by sophomore quarterback Garrett Gilbert. This is Gilbert's first season as the starting quarterback for Texas. He stepped into last season's National Championship Game when All-America quarterback Colt McCoy was injured early in that game. Gilbert completed 15 of 40 pass attempts versus Alabama in the National Championship Game for 186 yards and two touchdowns. In the 2010 season opener against Rice, Gilbert was 14 of 23 for 172 yards.
The Texas defense was impressive in its 34-17 season opening win over Rice last week. The Longhorn D allowed only 219 yards of total offense to the Owls. UT's defense is ranked No. 25 in the nation this week. They also sacked Rice quarterbacks a total of three times to rank No. 16 in the nation in sacks entering this week. Wyoming's defense also had a strong day in the sack department in its 28-20 season opening victory over Southern Utah. The Cowboys sacked SUU four times and is tied for No. 8 in the nation in quarterback sacks this season.
The Cowboys have won four of their last five games dating back to last season. Wyoming's last loss was at home to then No. 4 ranked TCU by a score of 45-10 on Nov. 21, 2009. Texas built a 13-0 record last year heading into the BCS National Championship Game before losing to Alabama 37-21.
Saturday's game will kick off at 5 p.m., Mountain Time (6 p.m., Central Time) from Darrell K Royal - Texas' Memorial Stadium. The game will be broadcast live on radio over the 25 stations of the Cowboy Sports Network. The pregame show begins one hour prior to kickoff. The game will also be televised regionally by Fox Sports Net, but it is not scheduled to be carried live by Fox Sports Rocky Mountain. The game will be available on other Fox Sports Net regional stations or through specific sports packages. Check your local listings for where the game will be televised. The game will be carried by Bresnan Communications on Channel 98 in Laramie and Channel 19 in Cheyenne.