Wyoming Will Try to Keep Postseason Hopes Alive Hosting San Diego State

Oct. 26, 2010


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    The Wyoming Cowboys will host the San Diego State Aztecs Saturday knowing that they must defeat the Aztecs to keep their bowl hopes alive for this season. With a 2-6 overall record, Wyoming has to win its final four games of the season to get to 6-6, the minimum record to earn bowl eligibility. Saturday's game will kick off at Noon, Mountain Time from Wyoming' s War Memorial Stadium.

    A year ago, Wyoming's late season run to the New Mexico Bowl was keyed by a remarkable fourth-quarter comeback on the road versus San Diego State. The Pokes entered last year's game at SDSU with a 4-5 record. UW fell behind the Aztecs 27-6 in the fourth quarter before scoring 24 unanswered points to win 30-27.

    San Diego State brings a 5-2 record into this week's game. SDSU needs only one more win to become bowl eligible itself.

    Wyoming leads the overall series, having won 17 previous meetings versus the Aztecs. San Diego State has won 14 of the previous 31 contests. The Cowboys have won the last two games in the series and four of the last six. Wyoming is 11-4 against SDSU in games played in Laramie. The last time San Diego State won in Laramie was 2002.

    Attendance at Wyoming home games this season has been outstanding. For each of the first four home games this season, Wyoming has exceeded 20,000 in attendance. UW is averaging 22,871 fans through the first four games this season. The Cowboys have two home games remaining versus San Diego State this coming Saturday and Colorado State on Nov. 20.

    Wyoming has averaged over 20,000 in attendance 11 times in the history of War Memorial Stadium, this season would be only the 12th time in the 61-year history of War Memorial that Wyoming could average over 20,000.

    The Wyoming defense had its best outing of the season, in terms of fewest yards allowed, last Saturday versus BYU. The Cowboys gave up only 298 yards of total offense to the Cougars, which was a season low by a UW opponent. It was the first time this season that Wyoming had held an opponent under 300 yards of total offense. BYU was able to complete only 10 of 18 passes for 81 yards on the day. Those 81 passing yards were the second lowest by a Wyoming opponent this season. The only team to throw for fewer yards versus the Cowboys in 2010 was Air Force, which threw for 66.

    It is well-known that the Cowboys have faced one of the nation's most difficult schedules this season, playing four Top 10 teams in their first eight games of the season. It helps to put Wyoming's defensive numbers in perspective by comparing their defensive stats versus their four unranked opponents this season and their defensive stats versus their four Top 10 ranked opponents.

    Against unranked opponents, Wyoming has given up an average of 375.3 yards of total offense per game and 20.0 points per game. Against its four Top 10 ranked opponents, the Pokes have allowed an average of 513.5 yards of total offense and 40.0 points per game. That is a difference of 138.2 yards and half the points against unranked opponents.

    This Saturday, the Wyoming Cowboys will wear pink in honor of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The Cowboys will wear pink wrist bands and on their helmets will wear pink ribbon decals, symbolic of National Breast Cancer Awareness.

    Last week, senior free safety Chris Prosinski moved into sixth place on the UW career tackle list. Prosinski has 340 career tackles and needs only three more to tie former Cowboy great Ward Dobbs for fifth on the career chart. Sophomore quarterback Austyn Carta-Samuels moved into 10th place in career completions at Wyoming. Carta-Samuels has completed 283 passes in his career. He passed UW Hall of Fame quarterback Randy Welniak for the 10th spot. Welniak completed 278 passes from 1985-88.

    Saturday's Wyoming-San Diego State game will be televised live on The Mtn., and will be broadcast live on radio over the Cowboy Sports Network. The radio broadcast will begin one hour prior to kickoff with the pregame show.