Wyoming Cowboys Begin MWC Play on Saturday Hosting Air Force

Sept. 21, 2010

LARAMIE, Wyo. -

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    This Saturday, the Wyoming Cowboys (1-2 overall and 0-0 in the Mountain West Conference) will kick off the conference portion of their 2010 schedule when they host the Air Force Falcons (2-1 overall, 1-0 in the MWC) in a game beginning at Noon from Wyoming's War Memorial Stadium.

    The 2010 season marks the 12th season of the Mountain West Conference. Air Force has played one conference game already this season, having defeated BYU, 35-14, on Sept. 11 in Colorado Springs.

    For the Cowboys, it will mark the first time in three weeks that they aren't playing a team ranked in the Top 5 of the national polls, but in Air Force they face a team that is not too far out of the national rankings. The Falcons are receiving votes in both national polls, ranking No. 26 in the Associated Press media poll and No. 33 in the USA Today Coaches' Poll.

    Saturday will mark the 49th meeting between the Wyoming Cowboys and Air Force Falcons. The two Front Range rivals first played on Nov. 2, 1957, in Laramie, Wyo. That game set the tone for the closeness that the rivalry would experience through the years as it ended in a 7-7 tie.

    The two teams have played every season uninterrupted since 1980 when Air Force joined Wyoming in the Western Athletic Conference. The two teams have been conference rivals ever since. Both were founding members of the Mountain West Conference, which began competition in the fall of 1999. Air Force holds a slight edge in the series, having won 25 times in the series. Wyoming has won 20 of the previous 48 meetings and there have been three ties.

    Four of the 11 MWC meetings in the series have been decided by a touchdown or less and seven of the 11 have been decided by 10 points or less.

    A year ago at the Academy, the two teams fought to a 0-0 tie at halftime before the Falcons came away with a 10-0 victory. Both teams earned bowl bids in 2009. Wyoming defeated Fresno State, 35-28 in double overtime, in the New Mexico Bowl. Air Force defeated Houston, 47-20, in the Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl.

    Wyoming is 5-6 (.455) in Mountain West Conference openers. The Pokes have won 4 out of their last six MWC openers, including last year's win over UNLV, 30-27 in Laramie. UW is 3-3 (.500) when opening MWC play at home, and is 2-3 (.400) when opening conference play on the road. This week's MWC opener with Air Force will be the sixth time in the 12 seasons of the MWC that the Cowboys have opened Mountain West Conference play against the Falcons.

    Saturday's game will be televised live on The Mtn. The game will also be broadcast on radio over the Cowboy Sports Network beginning with the pregame show one hour prior to kickoff.