Sept. 15, 2008
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
This year's meeting between longtime rivals Wyoming and BYU will be the 75th meeting in the series. The Cowboys trail in the overall series with the Cougars with 30 wins against 41 losses. There have been three ties in the previous 74 meetings.
Saturday's game will kick off at 1:00 p.m., Mountain Time, and will be televised live on The Mtn. (Mountain West Sports Network). The Cowboy Sports Network radio broadcast will begin at Noon, Mountain Time on the 27 affiliate stations across, Wyoming, South Dakota and Colorado.
Wyoming will be BYU's Mountain West Conference opener this season. For the Pokes, it will be their second MWC game of the season, having lost to Air Force, 3-23, on Sept. 6.
The last time Wyoming defeated BYU was in Joe Glenn's first season as head coach of the Cowboys in 2003. UW won that meeting 13-10 in Laramie. A year ago in Laramie, the Cougars came away with a 35-10 victory.
For whatever reason, the Wyoming Cowboys and BYU Cougars don't generally meet this early in the season. In fact, only twice in the previous 74 meetings between these two old rivals have they played in the month of September. Those previous two meetings were split between the two schools, with BYU winning 19-12 in Provo back on Sept. 27, 1930, while Wyoming won on Sept. 1, 1988, in Laramie by a final score of 24-14.
The series with BYU is the third oldest for the Cowboys. The oldest rivalry for the Pokes is versus Colorado State. UW and CSU will be playing for the 100th time later this season. Wyoming will face Utah for the 81st time this season for its second longest rivalry.
Wyoming's senior running back tandem of Wynel Seldon and Devin Moore each moved up the Wyoming Career Rushing list in last Saturday's win over North Dakota State. Seldon rushed for 56 yards versus NDSU to improve his career total to 2,197 rushing yards. With those 56 yards he moved from No. 7 to No. 4 in Career Rushing at Wyoming. He passed former Cowboys Walt Goffigan (2,167 rushing yards from 1980-83), Kevin Lowe (2,188 rushing yards from 1981-84) and Derek Armah (2,190 rushing yards from 2000-03).
Moore rushed for 145 yards against North Dakota State. He has now rushed for 1,959 career yards, moving him into 10th place on the Wyoming Career Rushing list. He passed Dwight Driver, who rushed for 1,912 yards from 1990-92 for Wyoming.
Last week, Wyoming hosted and defeated the No. 1 ranked team in the nation at the Football Championship Subdivision level -- North Dakota State -- by a score of 16-13. This week the Cowboys go on the road to face the BYU Cougars ranked No. 11 in this week's USA Today Coaches' Poll and No. 14 in this week's Associated Press Media Poll.
The last times Wyoming defeated a Top 25 ranked team was Oct. 26, 2002, defeating Air Force, 34-26, in Laramie. Air Force was ranked No. 19 in the USA Today Coaches' Poll at the time, and was No. 22 in the Associated Press Media Poll. The last time the Cowboys defeated BYU when the Cougars were ranked was Nov. 13, 1999, by a score of 31-17, in Wyoming's War Memorial Stadium. The Cougars were ranked No. 12 in the Coaches' Poll and No. 15 by AP.
Three Wyoming Cowboys rank among the nation's leaders entering this week. Senior running back Devin Moore ranks No. 26 in the nation in rushing, junior free safety Chris Prosinski is tied for No. 16 in the NCAA in interceptions and junior place-kicker Jake Scott is tied for No. 31 in the country in field goals made.
The starting quarterbacks for this week's game -- Dax Crum of Wyoming and Max Hall of BYU both began their college careers at the same University -- Arizona State University. Sophomore Crum walked on to the ASU football team in the fall of 2006 and redshirted. After Dennis Erickson was hired to replace Dirk Koetter following the 2006 season, Crum transferred to Mesa Community College in Mesa, Ariz. In 2007, Crum led Mesa to a 9-2 record and a No. 8 national ranking. He was named the NJCAA Co-Region I Offensive Player of the Year, throwing for 2,807 yards and 23 touchdowns.
Junior Hall redshirted his freshman season at Arizona State in 2004. He then went on and LDSU Church mission to Des Moines, Iowa, in 2005 before enrolling at BYU in 2006. He sat out the 2006 season to satisfy NCAA transfer rules. As a sophomore in 2007, he took over as the Cougars' starting quarterback and earned First Team All-Mountain West Conference honors, while throwing for 3,848 yards.
BYU currently owns the nation's longest winning streak at 13 games. The Cougars have also won their last 16 consecutive Mountain West Conference games, going undefeated in conference play the last two seasons. The last loss in the MWC was in the final game of the 2006 season, losing 34-41 to Utah in overtime.