Sept. 14, 2005
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
The Wyoming Cowboys and the Air Force Falcons meet this Saturday in an important, early Mountain West Conference matchup. The two teams will be meeting for the 44th time in the two schools' histories, and will be playing each other for the 26th consecutive season. The game is scheduled to kickoff at Noon, Mountain Time at Falcon Stadium at the Air Force Academy.
Wyoming (1-1, 0-0 in the Mountain West Conference) has the league's top rushing defense - allowing opponents an average of only 92.5 yards per game this season. Air Force (2-0, 1-0 in the MWC) is the top rushing team in the league - gaining 245.0 yards per game on the ground.
The Cowboys results to date include a 14-32 loss at current No. 6 ranked Florida and a 38-0 shutout victory over Louisiana-Monroe last week in Laramie. Air Force opened the 2005 season with a 20-17 win over Washington in Seattle. Last week, the Falcons began their conference schedule defeating San Diego State 41-29 in Colorado Springs.
This year's meeting will mark the third time in the seven seasons of the Mountain West Conference that Wyoming will open its MWC season against Air Force. Both of the previous MWC openers between the two schools have been played in Colorado Springs. Wyoming won the first MWC meeting in 1997 by a score of 10-7. The Cowboys also began the 2003 Mountain West schedule at the Academy. Air Force won that meeting 35-29. The Mountain West series between the two Front Range rivals is tied at 3-3.
In the overall series, Wyoming has won 19 times, Air Force 21 and there have been three ties. A year ago, the Cowboys posted a 43-26 victory in Laramie.
There is no television coverage of this week's game, but the game will be broadcast on the 26-station Cowboy Sports Network beginning one hour before game time. This week's radio affiliate in the state of Colorado is KRKS 990 AM in Denver.
Tickets are still available for Saturday's game. Fans interested in purchasing tickets can contact the Air Force Academy ticket office toll free at 1-800-666-USAF (1-800-666-8723).