Sept. 15, 2009
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
The Wyoming Cowboys will make their first road trip of the 2009 college football season on Saturday, Sept. 19 when they travel to Boulder, Colo., to face the Colorado Buffaloes in a game scheduled to kick off at 1:30 p.m.
The game will be televised by FOX College Sports. In the state of Wyoming the telecast will be available through Bresnan Cable's Sports Entertainment Package. For DIRECTV customers, it will be on Channel 617. It won't be televised on FOX Sports Rocky Mountain. As with all Wyoming Football games, the Cowboy Sports Network will broadcast the game live on radio over its 25-affiliate stations beginning one hour prior to kickoff with the pregame show.
Wyoming enters Saturday's contest with a 1-1 record on the season. CU is 0-2 for the year. The Cowboys are coming off a 41-10 loss to No. 2 ranked Texas in Laramie last Saturday. That game saw Wyoming lead Texas by a score of 10-6 late in the first half. Wyoming won its season opener over Weber State on Sept. 5 by a score of 29-22.
Colorado lost at Toledo last Friday night by a 54-38 final score. In the season opener at home against Colorado State, the Buffs lost 17-23 to the Rams.
The last time the Wyoming Cowboys and Colorado Buffaloes played was 12 seasons ago. That game saw a wild finish in which Wyoming lost a heartbreaker on Sept. 27, 1997, in CU's Folsom Field. With 4:29 remaining in the game, Wyoming scored a touchdown on an 18-yard TD run by running back and Denver native Marques Brigham to put the Cowboys up 19-10. But on the ensuing kickoff, Colorado cornerback and return specialist Ben Kelly ran the kickoff back 99 yards for a touchdown to pull CU to with two at 19-17 at the 4:06 mark. Wyoming still looked as if it would seal the victory as the onside kick attempt went out of bounds to the Cowboys on the Wyoming 44-yard line. The Pokes gained a first down and were on the CU 44 when Brigham carried right, but the ball was knocked loose and picked up on the bounce by the Buffs who returned it 33 yards to the Wyoming 25-yard line, with 1:06 remaining. Following a three-yard rush and a 21-yard pass, CU had the ball on Wyoming's one-yard line. UW stuffed the Buffs on back-to-back running plays, but Colorado then kicked an 18-yard field goal with three seconds remaining to capture a 20-19 victory.
The Wyoming Cowboys currently have 27 players from the state of Colorado on the roster -- far more than any other state. Of those 27, 15 have played for the Cowboys this season and eight have started this season.
A total of nine different Cowboy defenders are ranked among the nation's leaders after the first two weeks of the college football season. True freshman strong safety Shamiel Gary ranks No. 3 in the nation in interceptions and No. 4 in passes defended. Senior linebacker Weston Johnson ranks No. 9 in the nation in interceptions. Senior defensive tackle John Fletcher is 18th in both sacks and tackles for losses, and junior free safety Chris Prosinski ranks No. 18 in the NCAA in tackles.
Two other Wyoming Cowboys are also ranked among the NCAA leaders. Junior wide receiver David Leonard and sophomore punter/place-kicker Austin McCoy. Leonard ranks No. 2 in the Mountain West Conference and No. 21 in the nation in punt returns. He also ranks No. 3 in the MWC and No. 23 in the country in receptions. McCoy is ranked No. 12 in the NCAA in average number of made field goals per game, and is No. 26 in punting.
Senior wide receiver Greg Bolling returns to the starting lineup this week after serving a two-game suspension for violation of team rules. His suspension was announced during the summer and prior to fall football practice beginning. Last season, Bolling was the Cowboys' leading receiver, catching 26 passes for 271 yards. For his career, Bolling has 62 pass receptions for 646 yards.
It has been a positive turnaround in turnover margin for the Wyoming Cowboys thus far in the 2009 season. UW is currently tied for No. 1 in the Mountain West Conference and tied for No. 6 in the NCAA in turnover margin this season with a per-game average of +2.00 in TO margin. Wyoming has forced six opponent turnovers this season, while committing only two. All six turnovers that Wyoming has forced are via interception. The two turnovers committed by the Pokes have both been fumbles. A year ago, the Cowboys couldn't seem to stop a rash of turnovers, ranking No. 9 in the MWC and No. 118 out of 119 NCAA FBS schools in turnover margin with a -1.83 turnover margin.