Oct. 17, 2006
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
The Wyoming Cowboys and Colorado State Rams will be playing for the 98th time Saturday in "The Border War" series. The series is the oldest rivalry for both schools.
Wyoming enters Saturday's game with a 3-4 overall record, 2-1 in the Mountain West Conference. UW has won its last two games of the season -- at New Mexico by a score of 14-10 on Oct. 7 and last week at home over Utah by a final score of 31-15. UW is tied with Utah in third place in the MWC.
Colorado State is coming off a 21-24 road loss to Air Force on Thursday, Oct. 12. The Rams are alone in fifth place in the conference race.
"The Border War" series has been played in three different centuries, dating back to Nov. 30, 1899, when CSU won the first meeting 12-0 in Fort Collins, Colo. This year is the 107th anniversary of that first meeting. Colorado State leads the overall series 53-39-5. Since 1899, the two schools have only missed playing 12 seasons (1901, `02, `06, `07, `18, `24, `26, `27, `28, `43, `44, `45). In 1919 and 1920, the two archrivals played each other twice both of those seasons.
Since the end of World War II, Wyoming and CSU have played every season for 61 consecutive years from 1946 to 2006. Over the past 60 consecutive meetings, Wyoming leads the series with 34 wins against 26 losses.
Beginning with the 1968 season, Wyoming and Colorado State have battled for a traveling trophy that was established by the ROTC detachments of both schools. That traveling trophy is the Bronze Boot. The Boot was originally worn by Colorado State graduate Jeff Romero Sr. in Vietnam. Since the Bronze Boot was established, the battle to take it home has been as close as a series can be. The Bronze Boot series is tied at 19-19.
Several members of this year's Wyoming and Colorado State rosters chose to stay in their home state to play college football, while a number of other players crossed the Wyoming-Colorado state border to play their football. Wyoming has 42 players from the states of Wyoming and Colorado, combined, on its roster. Nine Wyoming natives stayed home to play for UW, while 33 Cowboys came to Laramie from the state of Colorado. CSU has 47 players from the two states -- four crossed the state line from Wyoming and 43 hail from Colorado.
Saturday's game will be televised nationally by CSTV (College Sports Television). The game is scheduled to kick off at 2 p.m., Mountain Time from Wyoming's Jonah Field at War Memorial Stadium. See the link above for CSTV affiliates.
The radio broadcast on the Cowboy Sports Network will begin one hour before kick off.