Oct. 1, 2013
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
ESPN has added the Saturday, Nov. 9, Wyoming-Fresno State game to its college football television schedule. The game will feature two of the nation's most explosive offensive teams and two of the country's top quarterbacks. The ESPN network will be announced at a later date, as will the game time. The game will be played in Wyoming's War Memorial Stadium.
Wyoming enters this week as the Mountain West's most productive offense, averaging 516.2 yards per game of total offense to rank No. 13 in the country. Fresno State averages 489.8 yards, ranking them 25th in the NCAA. Wyoming also ranks second in the league and 15th in the nation in passing offense (322.8 yards passing per game). The only MW team that ranks ahead of the Cowboys are the Bulldogs, who average 362.0 passing yards, placing them No. 6 in the country.
The two quarterbacks in the game, Wyoming junior Brett Smith and Fresno State senior Derek Carr, rank No. 2 and No. 3 in the NCAA in total offense this season. Smith averages 377.8 yards per game, and Carr averages 374.8. The two QBs also rank No. 1 and 2 in the Mountain West in passing. Carr holds the advantage in passing yards, throwing for 361.2 yards per game (No. 2 in the NCAA). Smith averages 321.4 passing yards (No. 9 in the nation).
The series between the two teams has been one of the most hotly-contested in either school's history, and is tied at four wins apiece. Wyoming has won all three previous meetings in Laramie. Fresno State has won all four played in Fresno. The Cowboys won the one neutral-site meeting in the 2009 New Mexico Bowl in Albuquerque. Wyoming captured a 35-28, double-overtime thriller in the 2009 New Mexico Bowl.