2000 Cowboy Football Informational Press Release And Game Notes

Oct. 9, 2000


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The Wyoming Cowboys (1-5, 0-2 in the MWC)                  vs.The Air Force Falcons (4-1, 2-1 in the MWC)Oct. 14, 2000, at 1:00 p.m., M.T.

Game No. 6: Saturday, Oct. 14, 2000, 1:00 p.m., M.T.Gamesite: War Memorial Stadium (33,500), Laramie, Wyo.Series Record: Wyoming trails 17-18-3Last Meeting: Wyoming won 10-7 on Sept. 25, 1999, in Colorado Springs

Wyoming Head Coach: Vic Koenning (Kansas State '83) Overall Head-Coaching Record 1-5 (.167), 1st year Record at Wyoming Same

Opponent Head Coach: Fisher DeBerry (Wofford '60) Overall Head-Coaching Record 130-70-1 (.649),17th year Record at Current School Same

Many New Cowboys See Action in 2000, Six Freshman Have Started for PokesThis Season: The Wyoming Cowboys have had a number of new faces play for thefirst time this season.

In the season opener at Auburn, seven of Wyoming's 22 starters onoffense and defense were playing their first game for the Wyoming Cowboys --five on defense and two on offense. Of the 44 players on the UW depth chartin the season opener, 20 of the 44 were playing in their first NCAA DivisionI game.

Over the course of the first six games of the 2000 season, Wyominghas had a total of six freshman start -- five on offense and one on defense.The freshman starters have been: Ryan McGuffey, WR (6 games), Malcom Floyd,WR (5 games), Rano Sasa, OG (5 games), Derek Armah, RB (3 games), KolbyDrube, TE (1 game), and Tyler Gottschalk, MIKE, (2 games).

Wyoming Series Record vs. Air Force

The 2000 Meeting Will be the: 39th
Overall Series Record: UW trails 17-18-3
Wyoming Record in Laramie: 9-6-2
UW Record in Colorado Springs: 8-12-1
Wyoming Record at Neutral Sites: 0-0-0
UW Head Coach Vic Koenning vs.: 0-0-0
Longest UW Win Streak: 3 (Twice)
Longest AFA Win Streak: 3 (1970-72)
Largest UW Margin of Victory: 27 (1967)
Largest AFA Margin of Victory:42 (85)
Most Points Scored by UW: 48 (1988)
Most Points Scored by AFA: 51 (1991)

Other Notes of Interest: The Wyoming-Air Force rivalry is one that bothschools are proud of, and is one that has been among the most intense incollege football. This year's game will carry an added meaning for oneCowboy, who has ties to Colorado Springs.

UW quarterback Jay Stoner grew up in the home city of the Air ForceAcademy -- Colorado Springs, Colo. Stoner played high school football atMitchell High School in Colorado Springs.

The past four meetings between the two Rocky Mountain-area rivalshave been extremely close affairs. Last year, Wyoming came away with athree-point victory (10-7) at the Academy. In 1998, Air Force prevailed bya touchdown in Laramie, 10-3. In '97, Wyoming was driving for a go-aheadtouchdown when the Falcons intercepted a UW pass on the Air Force seven-yardline returned it for a touchdown to win 14-3. The Cowboys gained a victoryin 1996, winning by a field goal, 22-19, in Laramie.

The series has also been key to determining the conference championin two of the last four seasons. In '96, Wyoming won the WAC PacificDivision, and in '98 Air Force captured the conference championship.

Scouting Air Force: The Falcons are off to an outstanding start, as usual.They enter Saturday's game with a 4-1 record after last week's win over Navyat Falcon Stadium. The Falcons are 2-1 in Mountain West play having beatenBYU and Utah and losing to surprising UNLV, 34-13.

Air Force enters the game averaging 413.2 yards of total offense,273 yards of that on the ground. An impressive ground attack is not newswith the Falcons. They seem to be passing more, with excellent success.They will enter Saturday's game averaging 140.2 yards per game through theair, just 30 less than the Cowboys per game. As a matter of fact, they havethrown for one more touchdown than have the Cowboys, 7-6. They have 12rushing touchdowns.

Possibly the most amazing Falcon statistic through five games is thefact they have only fumbled twice, and lost just one! On the other hand,they have forced 14 opponent fumbles and recovered seven. The Falcons havethrown three interceptions on the year, and picked off two.

The Falcons are on their way to a seventh consecutive winningseason. They have ranked eighth in the nation in wins over the most recentthree-year span with 28. During that same period they have led all MountainWest schools in victories.

Air Force has won 16 conference rushing titles. Last season theFalcons were second in the nation in rushing offense. In 11 of Coach FisherDeBerry's 16 years at Air Force the Falcons have finished in the top fivenationally in rushing.

Pacing the offense as usual is the quarterback spot with senior MikeThiessen. He was second among the nation's quarterbacks in rushing lastseason. He has carried 82 times for 298 yards and two touchdowns. He isaveraging 60 yards per game.

The fullback is a major part of the offense, and as usual thefullbacks have played well. The Falcons have two seniors who are good onesin Scott Becker and Nate Beard. Becker has rushed for 220 yards on 38carries--he has not lost a yard this season--and Beard has carried for 212yards. Beard leads the team in touchdowns with three.

Senior halfback Qualario Brown has been the top speed back with 180yards and a touchdown. Senior veteran Scotty McKay has also been effectiveas usual. He has rushed for 162 yards and two touchdowns. Every one of thebacks and fullbacks are averaging five yards a carry or more. Thiessen isat four yards per carry.

The go-to-guy through the air is senior Ryan Fleming. Not yourtypical, everyday Air Force receiver, Fleming is 6-6, 220 pounds and hasproduced an outstanding season thus far. The senior from Wyoming, Ohio, hascaught 15 balls for 408 yards and three touchdowns. He is averaging 27yards per catch. Q. Brown has been effective catching the ball out of thebackfield with five receptions, two for touchdowns.

The leading scorer has been kicker Dave Adams, a senior veteran whohas made six of nine field goals, and 15 of 16 PAT's, for 33 points. Hislong field goal of the year has been 45 yards. He is three for four from 30to 39 yards and two for three from 40 to 49 yards.

Defensively senior inside linebacker C.J. Zanotti has had a greatyear. He has 45 total tackles thus far, nine for losses of 40 yards andfour sacks for losses of 27 yards. Senior outside linebacker Corey Nelsonleads the team in sacks with six. Air Force has a total of 20 sacks on theyear. Air Force's defense starts six seniors, four juniors and a sophomore.The lone underclassman is cornerback Joel Buelow.

The offense is even more impressive. There are nine senior starterson that side of the ball, and two juniors. The only junior starters are onthe offensive line, left tackle Ben Miller and right guard Terrance Barreau.

Head Coach Fisher DeBerry: One of the class gentlemen of the coachingprofession, Fisher DeBerry is in his 17th season as head coach. He hascompiled a 130-70-1 record while at the Academy. A 1960 graduate of WoffordCollege, he is a native of Cheraw, S.C.

He has taken the Academy to 10 bowl games during his career therewhile producing a 78-47-1 conference record. His teams have won five bowlgames. He has three conference championships under his belt. He has postedwinning seasons in 14 of his 16 years. He has an overall record of 27-6 vs.service academies.

He was named National Coach of the Year in 1985.

Third Quarter Woes: Both Air Force and Wyoming have had more troublescoring in the third period than any other quarter.

In six games the Cowboys have managed just three points in the thirdperiod. The fourth has been their best with 39 points. Air Force has scored21 in the third. The Falcons' best is the second quarter in which they havescored 50. AFA has outscored its opponents 149-90, UW has been outscored byits opponents, 210-93.

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