2000 Cowboy Football Informational Press Release And Game Notes

Sept. 19, 2000


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The Wyoming Cowboys (1-2, 0-0 in the MWC)                  vs.The Nevada Wolf Pack (0-2, 0-1 in the WAC)Sept. 23, 2000, at 7:00 p.m., M.T.The Game Will Be Televised on a Tape-Delayed Basisby SportsWest TV, Beginning at 8:00 p.m., M.T.KGWN-TV of Cheyenne, Wyo., is the SportsWest Affiliatefor the State of Wyoming

Game No. 4: Saturday, Sept. 23, 2000, 7:00 p.m., M.T.Gamesite: War Memorial Stadium (33,500), Laramie, Wyo.Series Record: Wyoming leads 2-1-0Last Meeting: Wyoming won 34-30 on Oct. 11, 1997, in Reno, Nev.

Wyoming Head Coach: Vic Koenning (Kansas State '83) Overall Head-Coaching Record 1-2 (.333), 1st year Record at Wyoming Same

Opponent Head Coach: Chris Tormey (Idaho '78) Overall Head-Coaching Record 33-25 (.569), 6th year Record at Current School 0-2 (.000), 1st year

Nate Scott Named Mountain West Conference Offensive Player of the Week:With 192 yards rushing and two touchdowns, Wyoming's Nate Scott earnedMountain West Conference Offensive Player of the Week honors on Monday,Sept. 18.

Scott accounted for 192 of Wyoming's 321 rushing yards in the 31-10victory over Central Michigan. Scott carried 20 times for a 9.6-yardaverage -- both career bests for him at Wyoming.

A transfer from College of Siskiyous in Weed, Calif., Scottredshirted the 1999 season at Wyoming. He has rushed for 253 yards throughthe first three games of the 2000 season, and is averaging 7.4 yards percarry and 84.3 yards per game. Scott's 84.3-yard per game average ranks No.44 in the nation entering this week.

Scott Sets Wyoming and Mountain West Conference Record With 95-Yard Run:Wyoming junior running back Nate Scott set a new Wyoming record on Saturday,Sept. 16 when he broke a 95-yard touchdown run versus Central Michigan --the longest rush from scrimmage in Wyoming and Mountain West Conferencehistory.

Scott's 95-yard dash broke the previous UW record, which was an87-yard run from scrimmage by Kevin Lowe versus South Dakota State on Nov.10, 1984.

Cowboys 321 Rushing Yards Most Since 1995 Season: Not only did Nate Scotthave an outstanding day rushing the ball vs. Central Michigan, but theCowboys put up the most rushing yards as a team since Nov. 18, 1995, when UWran for 307 yards in a 38-10 home victory.

Defense Shuts Down Central Michigan Running Attack: While the Wyomingoffense was rushing for over 300 yards, the Cowboy defense was holdingCentral Michigan to under 50 yards rushing -- 43 yards to be exact.

The last time a Wyoming defense shut down an opponent's rushing gamelike that was versus Brigham Young on Nov. 13, 1999. Against BYU, UW'sdefensive unit held the Cougars to 29 yards rushing in a 31-17 victory.

Tom Waring Continues to Improve Each Week, Ranks No. 4 in NCAA in PuntingAverage: Senior Tom Waring enters this week ranked No. 4 in the nation inpunting, averaging 45.8 yards per punt.

In the first week of the season at Auburn, Waring averaged 44.2yards per punt on eight punts. He improved the second week at Texas A&M,averaging 45.3 yards on nine punts. Waring punted eight times versusCentral Michigan for a 48.3 yard average, including a seasons long68-yarder. Waring also dropped three punts inside the 20-yard line againstCentral Michigan. In fact those three inside the 20 were at the CMU 4, 5and 2-yard lines.

Waring ranked No. 43 individually in 1999 with a 41.6 average.

Aaron Elling Continues Perfect for the 2000 Season, Ranks No. 27 in Nationin Field Goals Made: Perfection isn't something any football player expectsto achieve, but through the first three games of the 2000 football seasonsenior place-kicker Aaron Elling has been perfect in both field goals andextra points.

Elling enters this week having hit 5 of 5 extra-point attmepts and 4of 4 field-goal attempts for the 2000 season. Elling hit field goals of 19,28 and 50 yards versus Central Michigan to go with a 40-yarder against TexasA&M.

As of the most recent NCAA Statistics, Elling ranks No. 27 in thenation in field goals made, averaging 1.33 field goals per game.

For his career, Elling is now 5 of 6 in field goals of 50 yards ormore, with a long of 56 yards versus Colorado State in the 1999 season.

McGuffey is Fourth Wyoming Performer to Rank Nationally: Wyoming juniorrunning back Nate Scott, senior punter Tom Waring and senior place-kickerAaron Elling are joined by redshirt freshmen Ryan McGuffey in this week'sNCAA Statistical rankings. McGuffey is ranked No. 40 in punt returnsentering this week, averaging 10.8 yards per return.

Pokes Passing Game Held Under 100 Yards for the First Time Since 1997: WithNo. 1 and No. 2 quarterbacks Jay Stoner and Matt Swanson, respectively,unable to play against Central Michigan last Saturday, young quarterbacksBrandon Neill (sophomore) and Casey Bramlet (redshirt freshman) rotated atquarterback.

The Central Michigan defense held the Pokes to 47 yards passing onthe day. The last time Wyoming was held under 100 yards passing was Sept.27, 1997, when Colorado held the Cowboys to 90 yards passing in a 19-20loss.

Injuries Hitting Cowboys Hard in 2000: Injuries have been a big story forthe Wyoming Cowboys early in the 2000 season.

It began early in fall drills when redshirt freshman free safetyJohn Levingston and junior running back Aaron Frude both suffered tornanterior cruciate ligaments and were lost for the season. Levingston wasthe projected starter at free safety entering fall practice, and Frude wasone of the Cowboys top special teams players.

The week following the season opener at Auburn, it was determinedthat senior Al Rich, who was Wyoming's No. 1 running back, would have toundergo a second wrist surgery in the last six months and would be lost forthe 2000 season. Rich had moved to running back in the fall after being anAll-Conference free safety for the Cowboys during his career.

Coming off a Sept. 9 loss at Texas A&M, starting weak-sidelinebacker Leo Caires suffered a lower leg fracture and will also be lostfor the remainder of the season. Both Rich and Caires will be eligible toapply for a medical hardship with the NCAA.

Junior-college transfer Daniel Gibson suffered a fracture in a footearly in fall drills that required him to have surgery. Gibson was expectedto be a big contributor on the defensive line for UW in 2000. His statusfor the remainder of the season is uncertain at this time.

Also versus Texas A&M, the No. 1 and No. 2 quarterbacks for theCowboys, senior Jay Stoner and junior Matt Swanson respectively, wereinjured. Stoner having suffered a concussion and a separated sternum versusA&M, and Swanson suffering from injured ribs. Both missed the CentralMichigan game.

Also injured in the Texas A&M game were starting linebackers AdrianHill (leg contusion) and starting offensive tackle Rob Kellerman (separatedsternum). Hill and Kellerman both missed the Central Michigan game.

Wyoming Injury Report: Here are a list of injuries to Wyoming Cowboys.

No. Player          Year  Pos. Injury 3  Al Rich         Sr.   RB   Injured wrist, out                               for the season11  Jay Stoner      Sr.   QB   Concussion,                               separated sternum15  Matt Swanson    Jr.   QB   Injured ribs17  Adrian Hill     Sr.   LB   Leg contusion27  John Levingston RFr.  FS   Torn ACL, out                               for the season46  Aaron Frude     Jr.   RB   Torn ACL, out for                               the season50  Leo Caires      Sr.   LB   Lower leg fracture,                               out for the season79  Rob Kellerman   So.   OT   Separated sternum94  Daniel Gibson   Jr.   DT   Broken foot98  Kendrick Rawls  Sr.   DE   Arthroscopic knee surgery

Back in the WAC: Wyoming returns to its roots when the Cowboys play amember of the Western Athletic Conference for the first time since leavingthe league two years ago. Nevada is in its first year in the WAC, joiningits new league July 1, 2000. The Cowboy game will be the first of threeconsecutive games Nevada plays against Mountain West teams. Next week theWolf Pack hosts Colorado State and the week after that travels to Las Vegas,to battle UNLV

Cowboys All-Time Record vs. WAC Teams: The Cowboys have a winning or .500record against every current member of the Western Athletic Conference.They are a combined 56-22-1 against the current league.

Here is Wyoming's all-time record against current members of theWestern Athletic Conference: Fresno State, 3-3, Hawai'i, 12-8, Nevada, 2-1,Rice, 1-0, San Jose State, 6-1, SMU, 2-1, TCU, 1-0, Tulsa, 3-2, and UTEP26-6-1.

Familiar Face: Many Wyoming fans will notice a familiar face on the Nevadasideline this coming Saturday. Former Laramie High and University ofWyoming standout Jim House coaches the Wolf Pack offensive guards andcenters.

Streaking: Wyoming enters Saturday's game with Nevada having won 13consecutive home games against non-conference opponents. The Pokes have notlost a non-league game in War Memorial Stadium since Oregon State beat them27-16 on Sept. 4, 1993.

Opening Success: With the victory over Central Michigan, Wyoming now haswon seven straight home-openers. The Cowboys have not lost a home openersince 1993, when Oregon State won 27-16, Sept. 4, 1993. That is also thelast time UW lost a non-conference home game.

Under the Lights: Saturday's game marks the first time the Cowboys willhave played a night game in War Memorial Stadium with permanent lights.

Their three previous night games in War Memorial--all with BYU--wereplayed under portable lights. Wyoming is 2-1 in night games at "The War".

Here is the previous Wyoming night games in War Memorial Stadium.

Date            Opponent        ResultSept. 1, 1988   BYU             W 24-14Nov. 10, 1990   BYU             L 14-45Nov. 13, 1999   BYU             W 31-17

Stoner Has Fond Memories: While it is doubtful he will play this week,Quarterback Jay Stoner will never forget the last time Wyoming met theUniversity of Nevada.

Stoner earned WAC Player of the Week honors as he completed 16 of 31passes for 312 yards and three touchdowns, including the game-winner, a41-yard TD to Wendell Montgomery. Stoner accounted for 359 yards of totaloffense vs. Nevada. That still stands as the best day of his career intotal offense.

It also marked the first start of Stoner's career.

Scouting Nevada: The University of Nevada is coming off of an open weekafter losing its first two games of the season on the road to Oregon (36-7)and at home to TCU (41-10). Nevada, like Wyoming, has a new head coach,Chris Tormey who had been at Idaho for five seasons.

This is only the fourth meeting between the two schools, and Wyomingis 2-1. Nevada won the first-ever meeting in 1937 (9-7). Wyoming has wonthe last two meetings -- 25-6 in 1992, and 34-30 in 1997.

The Wolf Pack have struggled offensively averaging 186.5 yards pergame, as well as defensively giving up 413 per outing thus far.

Davey O'Brien Quarterback Award Candidate David Neill has completed27 of 69 for 332 yards and one touchdown. He has thrown threeinterceptions, all of which came at Oregon. After completing just 8 of 30passes for 108 yards against the Ducks, he rebounded against TCU hitting on19 of 39 passes for 226 yards. Part of his problem is that he has beensacked 22 times in two games for a combined loss of 45 yards. The juniorfrom Newhall, Calif., is a two-time All Big-West selection and was named tothe preseason All-WAC first team. He could become the career passing leaderbefore his senior season. He is fifth on the career yardage chart andfourth in total offense.

Neill's favorite target has been Mike Crawford, a sophomore transferfrom TCU via Orange, Calif., Lutheran High School. The 5-9 wide receiverhas nine catches for 121 yards in the TCU game, and leads the team with 12for 151 yards.

The top rusher has been Adrien Dugas, a 5-10, 190-pound senior andco-captain. He has 20 carries for 43 yards and one touchdown. The team hasonly gained a net of eight yards on the ground in two games while giving up542 yards.

The Wolf Pack has two outstanding defensive players in middlelinebacker Josh Smith, a senior from Reno, a defensive tackle Horacio Leyva,a junior from Gonzales, Calif. Smith is a team co-captain and leads theteam with 23 tackles, including 14 unassisted and nine assisted. He had 11tackles at Oregon and 12 vs. TCU. He was fourth on the team in tackles as ajunior with 91.

Leyva is also a captain. He had seven tackles, forced a fumble andhad a fumble recovery against Oregon. He has a total of 10 tackles thusfar. He was the second in tackles for loss last year with 35.

Like the Cowboys, the Wolf Pack is a young team. Nineteen freshmenor red-shirt freshmen have played thus far. Of that group seven werestarters and eight true freshmen have already played. Brad Lindstrom atfree safety was the lone true freshman starter and has opened both games,including nabbing an interception against TCU. Other true freshmen who haveseen action include Alan Parker at right offensive tackle, Isaiah Ross atdefensive tackle, cornerback Humphrey Garrett, linebackers Jesse Adams andDaryl Towns, offensive guard John Tennert, who started vs. TCU and defensivelinemen Derek Kennard, Jr., and Mike Yenick.

Head Coach Chris Tormey: While he is in his first year at Nevada, HeadCoach Chris Tormey is no stranger to Wyoming. While at Idaho from 1995through 1999, he has played the Cowboys twice and lost both times, 40-38 in1996 and 28-13 in 1999.

A 1978 graduate of Idaho, he has a career record of 33-25, and now0-2 at Nevada. This is his sixth year as a head coach. Following asuccessful five years at Idaho the longtime University of Washingtonassistant guided the Vandals to their first bowl game in 1998 when they wonthe Big West Conference title and upset Southern Mississippi in theHumanitarian Bowl. He also took Idaho to the 1-AA playoffs in his firstyear, 1995.

A Spokane, Wash., native, Tormey was All-Big Sky twice as alinebacker at Idaho.

While at Washington he was part of three straight Rose Bowl squads,including the 1991 national championship team. During his 11-year tenure asa position coach (1984-92) and then defensive coordinator (1993-94) for theHuskies, he was part of 10 bowl squads. Considered an outstandingrecruiter, his signees include running back Napoleon Kaufman, quarterbackMark Brunell, and running back Rashaan Shehee. He began his collegecoaching career in 1980 as a graduate assistant at Washington for two years.He then took the defensive line coaching position at Idaho in 1982.

From Nevada: Saturday's game with the University of Nevada marks the 12thtime that Wyoming has met a team from Nevada. The Cowboys are 2-1 againstthe Wolf Pack and 4-4 vs. UNLV.

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