Oct. 4, 2007
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
This Saturday's game between the Wyoming Cowboys and TCU Horned Frogs will be a historic game for the Wyoming Football program. It will mark the 300th game to be played in War Memorial Stadium. Wyoming currently holds a 202-90-7 (.687) record in games played in War Memorial. Wyoming's first victory in the stadium came in the first game played in War Memorial on Sept. 16, 1950, as UW defeated Montana State 61-13. The Cowboys' most recent home victory, over Utah State on Sept. 8 of this year, was the 202nd Wyoming win in the stadium. Saturday's game will also mark the 2007 conference opener for UW. Saturday's game is scheduled to kick off at Noon, Mountain Time.
Wyoming will bring a 3-1 (.750) this season into Saturday's Mountain West opener for the Pokes. TCU, the preseason conference favorite to win the MWC, is 3-2 (.600) overall and 1-1 (.500) in conference play. The Cowboys currently sit atop the Mountain West as the only team to have suffered only one loss this year.
Joe Glenn and his Wyoming Cowboys will enter Saturday having posted a five-game home winning streak dating back to last year. That ties for the longest home streak in Glenn's five-year tenure at UW. The Pokes last won five consecutive home games to start the 2004 season, before losing their final home game of that season to Utah. The last time UW won six in a row at home was at the end of the 1997 season and beginning of the `98 campaign. UW strung seven consecutive home victories together during that timespan.
Over its last 11 games, the Cowboys have posted an 8-3 record. That is the most wins over an 11-game span since the end of the 1998 season and the beginning of the `99 campaign. UW also posted an 8-3 record over the last nine games of 1998 and first two games of `99.
Included among Wyoming's wins during these last 11 games are victories over Utah, Colorado State, San Diego State, Virginia and Utah State in Laramie, as well as road wins at New Mexico, at UNLV and at Ohio.
Wyoming's 2007 season-opening win over the Virginia Cavaliers is looking more impressive as the season progresses. The Cowboys dominated the Cavaliers on the scoreboard, defeating UVa. 23-3, and also dominated Virginia statistically. Wyoming allowed Virginia only 100 yards of total offense -- a -3 yards rushing and 103 passing. Meanwhile, the Cowboy offense tallied 452 yards of total offense -- 199 rushing and 253 passing. Since UW defeated Virginia, the Cavaliers have won four straight over Duke (24-13), North Carolina (22-20), Georgia Tech (28-23) and Pittsburgh (44-14).
TCU and UW will be meeting for only the fourth time in history when they kick off Saturday's contest. The Horned Frogs have won two of the three previous meetings over the Pokes, winning in both 2005 and 2006. UW's lone win in the series was in 1998 in Fort Worth, Texas.
A big part of Wyoming's success to date is its defense, which is currently ranked No. 4 in the nation in total defense, allowing opponents only 248.8 yards per game. Wyoming is also ranked No. 8 in the country in rushing defense (72.0 yards allowed per game) and is No. 20 in pass defense, giving up a mere 176.8 passing yards per game to opponents. No team in the nation is better at limiting opponents on third down. UW ranks No. 1 in the NCAA in not allowing opponents to gain a first down on third-down plays. Opponents have managed to convert only 12 of 57 third-down opportunities (21.2 percent) into first downs this season.
Offensively, it has been Wyoming's rushing attack that has led the Cowboys. Junior running backs Devin Moore and Wynel Seldon have been spectacular. Moore is averaging 108.8 yards per game to rank No. 24 in the nation in rushing, and he has posted two 100-yard rushing games in the first four contests of the season. He ran for 125 yards versus Virginia, and rushed for a career high 198 yards at Ohio on Sept. 22. His effort in the 34-33 road win at Ohio earned him Mountain West Conference Offensive Player of the Week honors. Moore is ranked second in the MWC in rushing yards this year, joining him in the Top 10 in the conference is his teammate Seldon. Seldon ranks No. 8 in the conference in rushing, averaging 67.5 yards per outing. He had a season high 92 yards rushing at Ohio, added 74 vs. Virginia and ran for 85 against Utah State. UW is second in the MWC and 44th in the nation in rushing offense this year.
TCU was the preseason favorite to win the 2007 Mountain West Conference title in voting by conference media members. After beginning the season with a convincing 27-0 home victory over Baylor, the Horned Frogs lost at then No. 7 ranked Texas, 13-34. The following weekend, TCU was upset at home by Air Force, 17-20 in overtime. TCU has bounced back the past two weeks with home wins over SMU (21-7) and Colorado State (24-12).
Saturday's game will be broadcast on radio over the Cowboy Sports Network beginning at 11 a.m., one hour prior to kickoff, with the pregame show. The game will also be televised live on The Mtn., beginning at noon.