Sept. 30, 2005
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
The Wyoming Cowboys return to Mountain West Conference play this week as they host the UNLV Rebels. Wyoming is 3-1, 1-0 in the MWC, while UNLV will enter Saturday's game with a 1-3, 0-1 conference mark.
UW has enjoyed a very successful first month of the season, despite playing three of its first four games on the road. Wyoming currently has the Mountain West's longest winning streak, with three consecutive wins. The Cowboys are one of four conference members who are undefeated in conference play entering this weekend. TCU is 2-0, while UW, New Mexico and Colorado State are all 1-0 in league play.
A year ago, Wyoming and UNLV played one of the most exciting games in the Mountain West, with Wyoming coming away with a 53-45 triple overtime victory in Las Vegas. The Pokes are looking for their first win over the Rebels in Laramie since 1997. UNLV has won the last three contests played in Laramie between the two conference members.
Under head coach Joe Glenn, Wyoming opponents have had little success at Jonah Field at War Memorial Stadium. Wyoming posted a 5-1 home record in 2004, and has won six of its last seven games in War Memorial Stadium.
Saturday's kickoff is set for 1:00 p.m. The game is being televised by SportsWest TV. In the state of Wyoming, the SportsWest affiliate is KTWO-TV of Casper, Wyo. The game will also be carried on ESPN GamePlan on a pay-per-view subscription basis. As with all Wyoming football games, Saturday's contest will be broadcast on the Cowboy Sports Network, beginning with the pregame show one hour before kickoff.
This weekend is Hall of Fame weekend at the University of Wyoming. Six individuals and one team will be inducted in a banquet Friday night in the Union Ballroom on the UW campus as the 13th Class into the UW Athletics Hall of Fame. The six individuals include: former Wyoming Track and Field All-American Ryan Butler (1995-96); former Wyoming Football Coach Phil Dickens (1953-56); wrestling coach Joe Dowler (1973-87); two-time NCAA Champion skier Ann Melander (1984-85); current NBA star and former Wyoming basketball great Theo Ratliff (1992-95); former NFL and Wyoming football star Vic Washington (1965-67); and the 1989 Cowgirl Volleyball Team that advanced to the Elite 8 of the 1989 NCAA Tournament.
Looking ahead to next week, Wyoming will host first-year Mountain West Conference member TCU in a 1:00 p.m. game at Jonah Field at War Memorial Stadium. That game should also mark an attendance milestone in War Memorial Stadium as the 5 millionth fan will walk through the turnstiles at War Memorial. That lucky 5 millionth fan will be recognized at halftime of the Wyoming-TCU game on Oct. 8 and will receive an attractive prize package.