Sept. 29, 2004
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
The Wyoming Cowboys, coming off a big win over the Ole Miss Rebels last Saturday, will be looking to build on their early-season success when they host the University of Louisiana-Monroe this coming Saturday, Oct. 2. The game will kick off at 1:00 p.m., Mountain time.
Wyoming, now 2-1 on the season, recorded its first-ever victory over a Southeastern Conference school when it defeated Ole Miss 37-32 in Laramie. The game also marked the first time an SEC team played in Laramie. A crowd of 22,331 watched the Cowboys defeat the Rebels. That was the largest crowd in War Memorial Stadium against a non-conference opponent since the 1996 season when the Cowboys attracted 22,797 against Western Michigan. The 1996 crowd came at a time when Wyoming was in the midst of a 10-game winning streak, the longest in the nation at the time. UW's win over Ole Miss was also the first against a Bowl Championship Series (BCS) conference team since 1997 when the Cowboys defeated Iowa State, 56-10, in Laramie.
Two Wyoming Cowboys were named Mountain West Conference Players of the Week this week. Junior wide receiver/punt returner Josh Barge earned MWC Special Teams Player of the Week, as he returned a punt 87 yards for a TD against Ole Miss. Barge also caught a 69-yard touchdown pass from fellow wide receiver Jovon Bouknight. Sophomore cornerback Derrick Martin was named the MWC Co-Defensive Player of the Week after breaking up seven passes, making nine tackles and coming away with a spectacular diving interception in the end zone to stop an Ole Miss scoring drive. Martin was also named the National Defensive Player of the Week by the Bronko Nagurski Award Committee. The committee that selects the weekly award consists of the All-America committee of the Football Writers Association of America (FWAA). Martin has also been added to the 2004 Bronko Nagurski Trophy Watch List, which fellow Cowboy Zach Morris was named to prior to the start of the 2004 season. The Nagurski Trophy is awarded at the conclusion of each college football season to the top defensive player in the nation.
Louisiana-Monroe, 0-3 and 0-1 in the Sun Belt Conference, lost a heart-breaker at home to conference opponent Arkansas State by the score of 28-21 last Saturday. ULM tied the game at 21 with 11:08 remaining in the fourth quarter, but two fumbles by Louisiana-Monroe in the fourth quarter were recovered by Arkansas State, and ASU completed a 17-yard touchdown pass with 4:30 left in the game to defeat the Indians. Monroe has played a tough schedule to begin the 2004 season. Prior to its loss to Arkansas State, the Indians were defeated 31-0 by Auburn, now ranked No. 8 in the nation, on Sept. 4, and then lost to Arkansas, 49-20, in a game played in Little Rock, Ark., on Sept. 19.
The Wyoming Cowboys and Louisiana-Monroe Indians have met two previous times, in 1994 and '99. The Cowboys have won each of the previous two meetings.