Oct. 20, 2005
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
Read more about the Bronze Boot here.
It is a football rivalry that has been played in three different centuries -- a series that began 106 years ago in 1899. It is a series that will see two archrivals meet for the 97th time this coming Saturday. It is a series that, for the last 60 consecutive seasons, has been played without interruption. It is the oldest rivalry for both the Wyoming Cowboys and Colorado State Rams. It is "The Border War."
The Border War series has seen many parents' emotions torn between watching one son, a Wyoming Cowboy, face another son, a Colorado State Ram, on the football field. It is a series where high school teammates choose to go different directions - some go on to wear the colors of the Cowboys, some the colors of the Rams. It is college football tradition at its best, and on Saturday, Oct. 22 at 1 p.m. that tradition will continue as the Wyoming Cowboys, 4-3 overall and 2-2 in the Mountain West Conference, and the Colorado State Rams, 3-3 overall and 2-1 in the MWC, play in Fort Collins, Colo.
On the rosters of this year's teams, Wyoming has a total of 50 players from the states of Wyoming and Colorado. Colorado State has 48 players from those two states on its roster.
Since 1968, the two teams have played for a traveling trophy - The Bronze Boot. The Boot was a combat boot originally worn by CSU graduate Jeff Romero Sr. in Vietnam. He bronzed his boot and donated it to the rivalry to serve as a traveling trophy. Over the past 37 years, the ROTC detachments of both schools have kept that tradition alive. Wyoming leads in the Bronze Boot portion of the series 19-18.
CSU leads the overall series by 13 games, with 52 wins against Wyoming's 39 victories. There have been only five ties. After a three-year break in the series during World War II, the rivalry has been played uninterrupted for 60 seasons beginning in 1946. During the past 59-year span, Wyoming holds a nine-game advantage, having won 34 times since 1946, while CSU has won 25 times during that period.
It is a rivalry that players, coaches and fans from both schools mark on their calendars every year. This season the game has added significance as both UW and CSU are fighting to stay in the Mountain West Conference race and both are fighting for possible bowl bids down the road.
Saturday's game will be televised nationally on ESPN Classic, with a special halftime feature dedicated to the tradition of the Wyoming-CSU rivalry.
As with all Wyoming games, the Cowboy Sports Network will broadcast the game live, beginning one hour before kickoff. Dave Walsh, the Voice of the Cowboys, and UW Associate Athletics Director Kevin McKinney will describe the action over CSN's 26-station network. This week's radio affiliate in the state of Colorado will be KRKS 990 AM in Denver, Colo.