Oct. 16, 2007
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
The Wyoming Cowboys (4-2 overall, 1-1 in the Mountain West Conference) and the Air Force Falcons (5-2, 4-1 in MWC play) will face off in the 46th meeting between the two Rocky Mountain rivals this Saturday in Colorado Springs. The game will kick off at noon, Mountain Time, and will be televised live by The Mtn. The Cowboy Sports Network will broadcast the game on radio, beginning with the pregame show at 11 a.m.
It has truly been one of the great rivalries for both schools, and one of the hardest fought.
Entering this week's game, the overall series between the two Front Range rivals has been decided by only two games. Wyoming has won 20 of the previous 45 meetings, while Air Force has won 22 and there have been three ties. Since the two teams joined the Mountain West Conference in 1999, the series is tied at 4-4. Head coach Joe Glenn is 2-2 versus the Falcons in his time as head coach of the Cowboys.
Since the beginning of the Mountain West Conference, home-field advantage hasn't meant much in the Wyoming-Air Force series.
In the eight Mountain West meetings between the Cowboys and Falcons, each team has posted a 2-2 record at home and a 2-2 record on the road in the series.
The last two meetings, 2005 and 2006, were each won by the road team. Below is a summary of the eight previous MWC meetings.
Date / Score / Site
Sept. 25, 1999 / W 10-7 / Colorado Springs
Oct. 14, 2000 / L 34-51 / Laramie
Oct. 13, 2001 / L 13-24 / Colorado Springs
Oct. 26, 2002 / W 34-26 / Laramie
Sept. 20, 2003 / L 29-35 / Colorado Springs
Oct. 30, 2004 / W 43-26 / Laramie
Sept. 17, 2005 / W 29-28 / Colorado Springs
Sept. 23, 2006 / L 24-31 / Laramie
The Mountain West Conference's top two rushing teams are Air Force and Wyoming. Air Force leads the Mountain West and ranks No. 5 in the country in rushing offense, averaging 260.4 yards per game. Wyoming ranks No. 2 in the MWC and No. 54 in the nation, rushing for an average of 161.7 yards per game. Individually, Wyoming's Devin Moore is ranked No. 3 in the MWC and No. 31 in the country, rushing for 100.0 yards per game. Air Force's Chad Hall is averaging 83.3 yards rushing per outing, to rank No. 5 in the conference and No. 56 in the NCAA. Wyoming's Wynel Seldon ranks No. 8 in the league in rushing. He is averaging 63.0 yards per game.
Not only will the top two rushing offenses in the Mountain West be facing each other in Saturday's Wyoming-Air Force game, but one of the nation's top defenses against the run will also be featured.
The Wyoming defense ranks No. 16 in the country this year in rushing defense, allowing opponents only 95.8 yards per game. UW ranks No. 2 in the MWC in rush defense. Only New Mexico, which ranks No. 12 in the country, giving up 82.8 yards per game, ranks higher.
Despite playing against some of the top running backs in the country this season, the Wyoming defense has not allowed a 100-yard rusher. In fact, Wyoming hasn't allowed a 100-yard rusher in its last 13 games.
The Pokes have faced several outstanding running backs this season, including: Ian Johnson of Boise State, Kalvin McRae of Ohio, Aaron Brown of TCU; and Rodney Ferguson of New Mexico. The last opponent to rush for over 100 yards versus the Cowboys was Delone Carter of Syracuse, who ran for 129 yards in the fifth game of the 2006 season. The last opponent to have two players rush for over 100 yards vs. Wyoming in the same game was Air Force. Quarterback Shaun Carney and RB/WR Chad Hall rushed for 131 and 122 yards, respectively, on Sept. 23, 2006.
2007 Opponent / Top Rusher and Yards / Current National Rank in Rushing
Virginia / Cedric Peerman, 18 yards / No. 36 in the NCAA (97.5 yards per game)
Utah State / Curtis Marsh, 61 yards / Not ranked
Boise State / Ian Johnson, 83 yards / No. 35 in the NCAA (97.6 yards per game)
Ohio / Kalvin McRae, 56 yards / No. 37 in the NCAA (97.1 yards per game)
TCU / Aaron Brown, 50 yards / Not ranked (Hasn't played enough games)
New Mexico / Rodney Ferguson, 89 yards / No. 23 in the NCAA (108.2 yards per game)
Both Wyoming and Air Force are receiving votes in national polls this week. Wyoming received one point in the USA Today Coaches' Poll, while Air Force received four points in the Associated Press Media Poll and two points in the Harris Interactive Poll.