Wyoming Cowboys Host San Diego State Aztecs in MWC Opener for Both Teams

Oct. 6, 2004

LARAMIE, Wyo. -

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The Wyoming Cowboys and San Diego State Aztecs open Mountain West Conference play Saturday in what is the 26th meeting between the two schools. Wyoming and San Diego State are the final two MWC teams to begin conference play this season. The Cowboys enter Saturday's game with a 3-1 overall record. San Diego State is 2-2 on the season.

Wyoming is 3-1 for the first time since 1999. UW is 3-0 at home this season that is the first time since 1998 that the Pokes have begun a home schedule 3-0.

The Cowboys and Aztecs feature some of the top defensive players in the country this season. Wyoming senior defensive tackle Zach Morris and Aztec senior linebacker Kirk Morrison were two of only 60 players nationally to be named to the Bronko Nagurski Trophy Preseason Watch List. The Nagurski Trophy is presented to the top defensive player in the nation at the conclusion of each college football season. Wyoming sophomore cornerback Derrick Martin and SDSU junior linebacker Matt McCoy have both been added to the Nagurski Watch List this season, as both were named by the Nagurski Trophy Committee as National Defensive Players of the Week. Martin earned the National Player of the Week honor with an outstanding effort in a 37-32 Wyoming win over Ole Miss. McCoy was named National Player of the Week with a stellar performance against Michigan in a 21-24 Aztec loss.

This Saturday is Homecoming for the Cowboys. It is the 80th Homecoming football game played in school history. Wyoming is an even 38-38-3 (.500) in Homecoming games. It will be the 55th Homecoming contest played in War Memorial Stadium, where Wyoming has posted a record of 33-19-2 (.630) in Homecoming games.

Wyoming holds a one-game advantage in the overall series with San Diego State. The Pokes have won 13 games. SDSU has won 12.