Oct. 25, 2007
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
In what has developed into an exciting annual matchup, the Wyoming Cowboys (4-3 overall, 1-2 in the Mountain West Conference) and the UNLV Rebels (2-6, 1-3 in MWC play) will square off this Saturday on the turf of Jonah Field at War Memorial Stadium in Laramie. The game will kick off at noon, Mountain Time.
Recent meetings between the two MWC schools have proven to be high-scoring and anything but boring. In fact, since 1996 when the NCAA instituted overtime for college football games, Wyoming has played in seven overtime games. Three of its overtime games have been versus UNLV, with Wyoming winning two of the three overtimes versus the Rebels.
The Wyoming Cowboys have won the last three meetings versus the UNLV Rebels. Last year, the Pokes won by a 34-26 margin in Las Vegas. In 2005, UW won 42-17 in Laramie, and in 2004, Wyoming won a wild three overtime meeting in Las Vegas by a 53-45 margin.
The game 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.
UW and UNLV will be meeting for the 16th time in the two schools' histories. The two teams first met back in 1978. UNLV holds a one-game advantage in the overall series having won eight game in the series to Wyoming's seven.
The Cowboys will be looking to break a two-game losing streak this season entering the match-up with UNLV. UW is 3-1 in home games this season.
In last year's game against the Rebels, the Cowboy defense held UNLV to 59 yards rushing. UW will be looking for a repeat of that run defense on Saturday and balance has been a key factor in making Wyoming's 2007 defensive unit among the best in the country. UW is currently ranked No. 8 in the nation in total defense and pass defense and leads the MWC in three defensive categories. Entering this week's game, Wyoming had two individuals tied for the team lead in total tackles, with two more defenders just behind of the team leaders. Junior linebacker Ward Dobbs and junior free safety Quincy Rogers are tied for the team lead with 52 tackles each. Senior cornerback Julius Stinson is just two tackles back at 50, and senior linebacker Sean Claffey is four back. Twelve different Cowboys have recorded 20 or more tackles this season.