Wyoming Cowboys Host Ole Miss Saturday

Sept. 20, 2004


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The Wyoming Cowboys (1-1, 0-0 in the Mountain West Conference) will host the Ole Miss Rebels (1-2, 1-1 in the Southeastern Conference) this coming Saturday, Sept. 25 in a 1:00 p.m. kickoff. It is the first time in history that an SEC team will play in Laramie, Wyo.

The Cowboys are coming off their one bye week of the 2004 season, while Mississippi will arrive in Wyoming after an overtime win against Vanderbilt last Saturday in Oxford, Miss.

Wyoming junior wide receiver Jovon Bouknight will enter Saturday's game needing only one reception to move into the UW career Top 10 in catches. He currently has 118 career receptions. Bouknight will also be looking to continue his streak of consecutive games with at least two receptions. He has caught at least two passes in each of the 26 games he has played as a Cowboy.

Ole Miss' win last Saturday came after falling behind 3-0 to Vanderbilt. The Rebels bounced back to take a 10-3 lead in the first quarter. By halftime, Vanderbilt regained the lead at 16-10 and built a 23-10 lead in the third quarter. But the Ole Miss Rebels fought back scoring 13 unanswered points to tie the game at 23-23 with 2:23 remaining in the game. In overtime, Mississippi won the toss and chose to play defense first. The Rebels held Vanderbilt on its first series, and then after three rushing plays Ole Miss sent in All-America place-kicker Jonathan Nichols, who booted a 35-yard field goal for the win.

The Cowboys rank among the top defensive teams in the country entering this week. UW's defense is ranked No. 31 in the nation in rushing defense, allowing opponents only 93.0 yards rushing per game. The Pokes are also ranked No. 39 in the NCAA in scoring defense, giving up only 19.0 points per game to opponents.