Oct. 11, 2007
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
Since 1930, the Wyoming Cowboys and New Mexico Lobos have been playing football against one another. This year's meeting will be the 60th in the series. From 1949 to 1994 the two schools played each other for 37 consecutive seasons. They have faced each other for the last nine years, including this year, as members of the Mountain West Conference. Wyoming brings a 4-1 overall record and a 1-0 conference mark into this week's game. New Mexico is 3-2 overall and 0-1 in the MWC. Wyoming is the only Mountain West Conference team with only one loss on the season. Saturday's game is scheduled to kick off at Noon, Mountain Time, from Wyoming's War Memorial Stadium.
This week's game versus New Mexico will mark the 83rd Homecoming game in University of Wyoming history, and the 58th Homecoming game to be played in War Memorial Stadium. A year ago, Wyoming defeated Utah on Homecoming, by a score of 31-15. UW's overall record in homecoming games is 40-39-3 (.506). Wyoming's homecoming record in War Memorial Stadium is 35-20-2 (.632).
The Wyoming Cowboys once again received votes in this week's USA Today Coaches' Poll, marking the third time this season that the Pokes have received votes in the coaches' poll. For the first time this season, UW received votes in all three national polls this week -- the Associated Press Media Poll, USA Today Coaches' Poll and the Harris Interactive College Football Poll. Two of Wyoming's 2007 opponents are also receiving votes in this week's national polls. Both the Virginia Cavaliers and Boise State Broncos received votes this week. Boise State -- the one team to defeat UW this season -- is ranked slightly ahead of the Cowboys. Oddly enough, Virginia, which Wyoming dominated in a 23-3 Cowboy victory, is ranked ahead of both Wyoming and Boise State.
Here is a summary of the points received by Wyoming and its opponents in this week's national polls.
Team - USA Today Coaches' - Harris Interactive - AP Media
Virginia - No. 26 (67 points) - No. 30 (74 points) - No. 33 (22 points)Boise St. - No. 31 (37 points) - No. 38 (17 points) - No. 36 (17 points)Wyoming - No. 37 (18 points) - No. 39 (16 points) - Tie No. 43 (2 points)
Three Wyoming Cowboys are currently leading the Mountain West Conference in individual statistical categories, while ranking among the best in the nation at their respective positions. Senior cornerback Julius Stinson, junior running back Devin Moore and sophomore defensive tackle John Fletcher are leading the MWC in passes defended, rushing and sacks, respectively. Here is where the three rank in the MWC and the nation.
UW Player - Statistical Category - MWC Rank - NCAA Rank
Julius Stinson, CB - Passes Defended (1.60 per game) - No. 1 - Tie No. 12Devin Moore, RB - Rushing (114.0 yards per game) - No. 1 - No. 16John Fletcher, DT - Sacks (0.70 sacks per game) - No. 1 - Tie No. 43
When the Cowboys and Lobos face each other on Saturday, two of the nation's Top 20 running backs will be featured. Wyoming's Devin Moore is ranked No. 16 in the nation in rushing entering this week, while New Mexico's Rodney Ferguson is ranked No. 19. Moore is averaging 114.0 yards per game this season. Ferguson is averaging 112.0 yards. Both are juniors, and both have played five games this season, with Moore rushing for 570 yards on 87 carries. Ferguson has totalled 560 yards on 125 attempts. Moore averages 6.6 yards per rushing attempt, and Ferguson averages 4.5. Also ranked among the nation's top rushers is Wyoming junior Wynel Seldon, who is tied for No. 70 in the NCAA, averaging 74.0 yards per game.
Wyoming's defense continues to be the best in the MWC, leading the conference in six different defensive categories -- total defense, rushing defense, passing defense, quarterback sacks, lowest opponent third-down conversions and fewest opponent first downs. The Pokes are allowing opponents only 267.8 yards of total offense per game to rank No. 8 in the nation. UW also ranks No. 2 in the NCAA in lowest opponent third-down conversions (24.0 percent), No. 12 in rushing defense (84.4 yards per game), No. 17 in passing defense (183.4 yards per game) and No. 19 in sacks (2.80 sacks per game).
Saturday's game will be televised live on The Mtn. As with all Cowboy Football games, the Cowboys Sports Network will broadcast the game on radio beginning one hour prior to kickoff. The pregame show this week will go on air at 11 a.m., Mountain Time.