Flashback in Wyoming Athletics History

Sept. 16, 1950
Laramie, Wyo.
War Memorial Stadium
Wyoming 61, Montana State 13

The 2007 Cowboy football season marks the 58th season at War Memorial Stadium and the game on Saturday, Oct. 6 against TCU is the 300th game to be played in the facility. The 'Pokes had their first game at the stadium on Sept. 16, 1950 against Montana State. They opened that season with a 61-13 win over the Bobcats.

Wyoming scored their first touchdown of the game against MSU only four minutes into the first quarter and rolled from there. Montana State did not score a touchdown until the fourth quarter and by that time the Cowboys' entire third string was in the game. Wyoming had a total of 561 yards; 359 rushing and 202 passing.

UW was led by All-American tailback Eddie Talboom (South Bend, Ind.) who scored three touchdowns, along with fellow running backs Royal McMullen (Rockford, Ill.) and John Melton (Slovan, Pa.) who scored two touchdowns apiece.

Although the stadium's first game was versus Montana State, it wasn't quite finished, lacking a scoreboard for the first game. The official dedication of the stadium came the next week on Sept. 23 versus nationally ranked Baylor. In a defensive struggle, the Cowboys won that game 7-0.

Bowden Wyatt was Wyoming's head coach during the undefeated 1950 season.

When the Cowboys opened their season at War Memorial in 1950, it marked more than just the opening of a new stadium--it marked the beginning of a new era in Wyoming Football. The Cowboys had a perfect season in 1950 going 10-0 and they earned their first bowl bid into the 1951 Gator Bowl. In that game the Cowboys went up against No. 14 ranked Washington & Lee and won 20-7. Wyoming ended their season with multiple national rankings. They were ranked No. 12 by the Associated Press and No. 14 by the United Press International poll.

War Memorial's original capacity was 20,000 in 1950. It was expanded to 25,000 in 1970, and the seating was increased to 33,500 in 1978. Following reconstruction of the upper west seating in the summer of 2004, War Memorial's current capacity is 30,514. The original cost for War Memorial was $1.5 million.

Wyoming has won 68.6 percent of its games in War Memorial Stadium.

Corbett Field, on the UW campus, was the site of Cowboy football games from 1925 to 1949.

Content contributions: Kenzie Kotby, Lyndsey Lewis.