Wyoming and Ohio Meet for the First Time in History This Saturday

Sept. 18, 2007


Complete Weekly Press Release in PDF Format

The Wyoming Cowboys take to the road for the second straight week on Saturday when they will face the Ohio Bobcats in Athens, Ohio. The game will kick off at 1 p.m., Mountain Time (3 p.m., Eastern Time). It will be the first meeting between the two schools in history. Both the Pokes and Bobcats will bring 2-1 records into Saturday's game. It will mark only the second time in history that UW has played in the state of Ohio. In Wyoming's 111 years of playing college football, the only previous game it played in Ohio was on Aug. 28, 1997. On that day, Wyoming played the Ohio State Buckeyes in the Eddie Robinson Classic in Columbus, Ohio. The Pokes lost that day by a score of 10-24.

Saturday's meeting will mark only the fourth time that UW has faced one of the current members of the Mid-American Conference (MAC). Wyoming holds a 2-1 overall record versus MAC teams.

Wyoming continues to be one of the nation's top-ranked defenses. Entering this week, UW ranked 10th in the NCAA in total defense, 15th in scoring defense, 16th in pass defense and 22nd in rushing defense. Individually, senior cornerback Julius Stinson ranks 13th in interceptions, with two on the season. Senior punter Billy Vinnedge also ranks nationally. Vinnedge's 45.8-yard punting average ranks him No. 8 in the country. The Cowboys have won seven of their last 10 games coming into this week.

The Ohio University Bobcats are coming off one of their greatest seasons in school history in 2006. Ohio posted a 9-5 overall record, 7-1 in Mid-American Conference (MAC) play in `06, and captured the MAC Eastern Division Championship. Ohio went on to play in the GMAC Bowl on Jan. 7, 2007, losing to Southern Miss by a score of 7-28.

Leading the way for the Bobcats is two-time First Team All-MAC running back Kalvin McRae. McRae enters this week with 3,245 career rushing yards, ranking him third on the Ohio career rushing chart.

The Cowboy Sports Network carries all Wyoming Football games, beginning with the pregame show that airs one hour prior to kickoff.

Saturday's game will be televised by WSFJ-TV of Athens, Ohio, and will be carried live in the state of Wyoming on KCWY-TV of Casper, Wyo. The game will also be available on ESPN's GamePlan subscription service.