Oct. 5, 2010
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
The Wyoming Cowboys return to Mountain West Conference play this Saturday when they travel to Fort Worth, Texas, to play the No. 5 ranked TCU Horned Frogs. Wyoming is coming off a 20-15 road win at Toledo last Saturday. Wyoming's win broke a three-game losing streak for the Pokes and it broke a three-game winning streak for Toledo, who was coming off a big road win at Purdue the week prior to hosting Wyoming. Wyoming has a 2-3 record this season and is 0-1 in the MWC. TCU is 5-0 overall and 1-0 in conference play, having defeated Colorado State 27-0 in Fort Collins last Saturday. Saturday's game will kick off at 1:30 p.m., Mountain Time (2:30 p.m., Central Time) from Amon G. Carter Stadium in Fort Worth.
Wyoming and TCU will be meeting for the seventh time. The Cowboys trail in the overall series 2-4. UW is 1-2 in games played in Fort Worth, Texas. The lone win for the Cowboys in Fort Worth came in the first meeting in the series on Halloween night 1998 when UW captured a 34-27 road win.
The Cowboys have been a strong road team during the two years under head coach Dave Christensen. UW has posted a 4-4 (.500) in road games under Christensen. The Pokes were 3-3 on the road in 2009, and have begun this season with a 1-1 record away from Laramie. If you add in a neutral-site win in last year's New Mexico Bowl, the Pokes are 5-4 (.556) in games played away from Laramie. UW is 4-1 (.800) in its last five games played away from Laramie, including the 2009 bowl win.
Wyoming will be making its second trip to the state of Texas this season. UW lost to the Texas Longhorns in Austin on Sept. 11 by a score of 34-7. The Horned Frogs enter Saturday's game with a 16-game home winning streak.
No other team in the nation has faced as many highly-ranked teams in 2010 as have the Wyoming Cowboys. Believe it or not, the Cowboys will be facing their third Top 5 ranked team in the first six weeks of this season when they travel to TCU this week. The Texas Longhorns were ranked No. 4 in the USA Today Coaches' Poll and No. 5 in the Associated Press poll when Wyoming played them on Sept. 11. On Sept. 18, Wyoming hosted then No. 3 ranked Boise State and lost to the Broncos 51-6.
The only team that has even come close to matching Wyoming's difficulty in schedule has been the Oregon State Beavers, who also played TCU, when they were ranked No. 6; Boise State, when they were ranked No. 3; and this week OSU travels to No. 9 ranked Arizona.
Winning close games has also been a trademark of the Pokes over the past two seasons. When the Cowboys won by five points (20-15) at Toledo on Oct. 2, it marked the fifth time in the last two seasons that Wyoming won a game by less than a touchdown. Wyoming's other close victories came against: UNLV, 30-27, in 2009; at Florida Atlantic, 30-28, in '09; at San Diego State, 30-27, a year ago; at Colorado State, 17-16, in 2009; and this year at Toledo, 20-15.
There are six scholarship players and two walk-ons on the Wyoming Football roster who hail from the state of Texas. Leading the way are three starters -- sophomore running back Alvester Alexander from Houston and cornerbacks and brothers Marcell and Tashaun Gipson from Dallas. Other scholarship Cowboys from the state of Texas are: sophomore free safety Kenny Browder from Round Rock, freshman cornerback Marqueston Huff from Texarkana and true freshman quarterback Emory Miller Jr. from Mesquite. Walk-on sophomore Brandon James from Missouri City and walk-on junior Joseph Knighten from Odessa round out the eight Cowboys from Texas.
There were three milestones reached by Wyoming Cowboys last week. Senior free safety Chris Prosinski recorded seven tackles at Toledo to improve his career total to 313 tackles. Prosinski moved into the No. 8 position in career tackles at UW. He passed former Cowboy Bruce Mowry, who had 311 tackles from 1981-84. Senior wide receiver David Leonard caught seven passes in the win at Toledo, and improved his career reception total to 126. Leonard broke into the No. 10 spot in career receptions in school history. Leonard moved ahead of former standout receiver Steve Martinez, who caught 124 passes from 1979-82. Sophomore quarterback Austyn Carta-Samuels completed 11 passes versus Toledo to bring his career completion record to 262 completions. Carta-Samuels moved into the No. 11 position in career completions, passing former Cowboy quarterback Phil Davis, who completed 261 career passes from 1978-81.
Saturday's Wyoming-TCU game will be televised live on CBS College Sports. As with all Wyoming Football games, it will be broadcast on radio over the Cowboy Sports Network beginning with the pregame show one hour before kickoff, or 12:30 p.m., Mountain Time this Saturday.