Oct. 14, 2004
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
The Wyoming Cowboy football team is off to one of its best starts in the past 20 years, having begun this season with a 4-1 record, 1-0 in the Mountain West Conference. The Cowboys' 4-1 start is exceeded only by the 1990 and 1996 UW squads over the past 20 years. Both the 1990 and 1996 Cowboy teams began their seasons 5-0.
Wyoming's 4-1 start this season is its best since 1998, when the Pokes began 4-1. The last time Wyoming began a season 5-1 was also the 1998 season when the Cowboys started off 8-1 on way to an 8-3 season record.
UW will travel this Saturday to take on long-time rival Brigham Young. The Cougars are 2-4 overall, 1-1 in conference play. Saturday's game will kick off at 8:00 p.m. from LaVell Edwards Stadium in Provo.
The Wyoming Cowboys received one vote in each of this week's two national polls. That is the first time since the 1999 season that Wyoming has been mentioned in the national polls. The Cowboys were ranked as high as No. 27 in 1999.
Wyoming is one of only 35 schools out of 118 NCAA Division I-A programs to receive votes in this week's Associated Press media poll. The Cowboys are tied with Northern Illinois for No. 34 with one vote each.
In the ESPN/USA Today Coaches' Poll, Wyoming is one of only 46 Division I-A programs receiving votes. UW received one vote in the coaches' poll to tie for No. 45 with Alabama-Birmingham.
The resurrgence of the Wyoming Cowboy Football program over the past two seasons has been one of the most dramatic in school history.
Wyoming has won seven of its last 12 games (58.3 percent), and have won four out of five games (80.0 percent) this season.
Since Wyoming hired head coach Joe Glenn and his staff, UW has won eight out of 17 games (47.1 percent) over the past two seasons. The three seasons prior, Wyoming won only five of 34 games (14.7 percent).
The turnaround compares to that of former Cowboy head coaches Bowden Wyatt in 1947 and `48, Fred Akers in 1975 and `76 and Paul Roach in 1987 and `88.
In 2004, the Wyoming Cowboys have accomplished a number of goals that some thought they couldn't. Wyoming defeated a Southeastern Conference school for the first time in school history -- a 37-32 win over Ole Miss on Sept. 25.
Wyoming is 4-0 at home for the first time since 1998 -- the first time in seven seasons.
And the Pokes defeated Mountain West Conference member San Diego State by a score of 20-10 on Oct. 9, 2004. That is UW's first win over SDSU since the two long-time conference foes moved to the MWC in 1999.
This week, Wyoming will be looking to win in Provo, Utah, against rival BYU for the first time since Paul Roach guided the Cowboys to a road victory over the Cougars in 1987. The `87 Cowboy squad won by a score of 29-27 in Provo on Oct. 10, 1987 -- that was 18 seasons ago.
Wyoming has faced Brigham Young five times in Provo since that last road win in `87.
This week's game at BYU will of course be carried by the 25-station Cowboy Sports Network. The pregame show will begin at 7:00 p.m. The game will also be televised by SportsWest TV. In the state of Wyoming, the SportsWest affiliate is KTWO-TV of Casper, Wyo. The game will also be carried on a subscription basis on ESPN GamePlan.