Sept. 21, 2005
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
When the Wyoming Cowboys travel to Oxford, Miss., to play the Ole Miss Rebels this Saturday, it will mark the first time in history that the Cowboys will play a game in the state of Mississippi. It is also only the second time Wyoming has played a school from the state of Mississippi - the first meeting came last year when the Pokes defeated Ole Miss, 37-32, in Laramie.
Wyoming enters the game 2-1, 1-0 in the Mountain West Conference. Ole Miss is 1-1, 0-1 in the Southeastern Conference. The 2005 season also marks another first for Wyoming - it is the first season the Cowboys have played two SEC schools in the same season. Wyoming began the '05 campaign losing at current No. 5 ranked Florida, 14-32. The past two weeks, Wyoming has posted an impressive 38-0 shutout victory over Louisiana-Monroe in Laramie, and won a memorable 29-28 classic at Air Force, to record the first road win in the Mountain West Conference this season.
Ole Miss is under the direction of first-year head coach Ed Orgeron. The Rebels opened the season with a 10-6 road win at regional rival Memphis. They then had a bye the second week of the season, and last week lost their SEC opener at Vanderbilt, 23-31. This Saturday's game versus Wyoming will be the Rebels' home opener.
Following Wyoming's 29-28 victory over Air Force, the Cowboys are once again receiving votes in the USA Today Coaches' Poll. Wyoming received two points in this week's poll, and was one of 20 schools, in addition to the Top 25, to receive votes this week.
UW has become a strong road team under third-year head coach Joe Glenn. With its victory at Air Force, Wyoming has now won three of its last five games away from Laramie.
Oxford, Miss., is similar to Laramie, Wyo., in that it is a small college town. While Oxford's official population is listed at 11,756, with a student population of 16,498, its size multiplies several times on football Saturdays as Vaught-Hemingway Stadium holds 60,580 fans.
This Saturday's kickoff is set for 5:00 p.m., Mountain Time (6:00 p.m., Central Time). There is no television coverage of this week's game, but the game will be carried on the 26-station Cowboy Sports Network, beginning with the pregame show one hour before kickoff. This week's affiliate in the state of Colorado is KSXT 1570 AM.