Oct. 28, 2008
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
The Wyoming Cowboys and San Diego State Aztecs will both be looking for their first Mountain West Conference victory of the 2008 season when they meet for the 30th time on Saturday, Nov. 1 in Laramie. The Cowboys are 0-5 in MWC play and 2-6 overall. The Aztecs are 0-4 in the MWC and 1-7 overall. Saturday's game will kickoff at Noon, Mountain Time.
Wyoming leads the overall series by one game -- 15 wins against 14 losses.
Home field has been important to both teams in this series. Wyoming has won 10 of 14 meetings played in Laramie against San Diego State (71.4 percent). SDSU has won 10 of 15 previous meetings versus the Pokes in San Diego (66.7 percent). Combined the home team has won 20 of the 29 previous meetings (69.0 percent) in the Cowboy-Aztec series.
Oddly enough the home team has won the last two meetings by identical scores. Last year in San Diego, the Aztecs won 27-24. The last time the two teams played in Laramie, UW won by a final score of 27-24 in 2006. Wyoming has won the last two meetings versus San Diego State in Laramie, also winning 20-10 in 2004.
Each of the last two meetings - in San Diego in '07 and in Laramie in '06 - have seen the road teams jump out to leads before the home teams came from behind to win. Wyoming held a 21-7 lead a year ago in San Diego before falling 27-24. SDSU held a 17-10 halftime lead in Laramie in '06 before losing 27-24.
Senior running back Devin Moore is trying to become only the eighth player in Wyoming school history to rush for 1,000 yards in a single season. He fell just 35 yards shy of 1,000 yards a year ago as he ran for 965 yards his junior season. That performance ranked as the 11th best in Wyoming school history.
Only seven Cowboys have rushed for 1,000 yards in a single season in Wyoming school history. Two of those individuals did it twice -- Ryan Christopherson in 1993 and `94 and Dabby Dawson in 1988 and `89.
This year through eight games, Moore has rushed for 802 yards and is fast approaching the Top 10 best single-season rushing totals in Cowboy history. His 802 yards this season ranks as the 19th best single-season total, but he needs less that 100 yards to jump all the way up to 12th place. The seven Cowboys to rush for 1,000 yards in a single season are: Ryan Christopherson (1993 and '94), Dabby Dawson (1988 and '89), Gerald Abraham (1987), Myron Hardeman (1977), Marques Brigham (1998), Jim Crawford (1956) and Dwight Driver (1992).
Moore rushed for 114 yards at TCU last Saturday to pass his teammate, Wynel Seldon, for third place. Moore has now rushed for 2,464 career rushing yards. Seldon has rushed for 2,354 to rank fourth. The only two running backs who rank ahead of the senior duo are Ryan Christopherson (2,906 yards from 1991-94) and Marques Brigham (2,605 yards from 1995-98). Moore trials Brigham by 141 yards and Christopherson by 442.
Saturday's game will be televised live by The Mtn., beginning at Noon, Mountain Time. The Cowboy Sports Network radio broadcast will begin one hour prior to kickoff at 11 a.m. on the 27 affiliates of the Cowboy Sports Network.