Nov. 4, 2008
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
The Wyoming Cowboys travel to Knoxville, Tenn., this Saturday to face the University of Tennessee Volunteers in a non-conference matchup between the Mountain West Conference and Southeastern Conference. The game is scheduled to kick off at 11 a.m., Mountain Time.
Both teams will enter Saturday's game with identical records of 3-6 overall and 1-5 in their respective conferences. The game will be televised on a pay-per-view basis in the state of Tennessee and will be available in other parts of the country through the ESPN GamePlan subscription package. Fans interested in purchasing the package can check with their local cable television or satellite provider. ESPN GamePlan is available for purchase through most cable television providers, DIRECTV and Dish Network.
The Cowboys Sports Network radio broadcast will beging at 10 a.m., Mountain Time this Saturday with the pregame show.
Wyoming and Tennessee will be meeting for the third time in the two schools' histories. Tennessee won the first two meetings by scores of 42-17 in 1999 and 47-7 in 2002. This year's meeting is the third and final meeting of an original three-game contract.
When Wyoming faced the Volunteers in Knoxville, Tenn., on Sept. 4, 1999, Tennessee was the defending National Champion. The Cowboys were the Vols season opener in `99. The previous Jan. 4, Tennessee captured the 1998 National Championship by defeating Florida State in the Fiesta Bowl 23-16 to complete a perfect 13-0 season.
On Aug. 31, 2002, Wyoming and Tennessee once again opened the season against one another. That game was played in Nashville, Tenn., at Titan Stadium, home of the NFL's Tennessee Titans. Originally the 2002 game was to be played in Laramie, Wyo., but the Nashville Sports Council paid the University of Wyoming $2.35 million to move the game to Nashville.
Tennessee's home field in Knoxville, Tenn., is Neyland Stadium. It is the fourth largest college football stadium in the country. It's current capacity is 102,038.
The last time Wyoming went on the road to face a Southeastern Conference (SEC) team, it came away with a win. That last SEC road trip for Joe Glenn's Cowboys was on Sept. 24, 2005, at Ole Miss. Wyoming defeated the Rebels 24-14 in that game, recording its first-ever road win over an SEC team.
The Wyoming offense enjoyed its most productive game of the season in its 35-10 win over San Diego State last Saturday. UW ran for 378 yards versus the Aztecs. That marked the first time Wyoming had rushed for over 300 yards in a single game since Sept. 16, 2000 when UW ran for 321 yards vs. Central Michigan. UW's 35 points were also the most point scored by the Cowboys since a 38-7 home win over Utah State on Sept. 2, 2006. UW's 544 yards of offense marked the first time the Cowboys had exceeded 500 yards of total offense since they gained 512 yards of total offense at Syracuse on Sept. 30, 2006.
Wyoming senior running back Devin Moore was named Mountain West Conference Co-Offensive Player of the Week on Monday, Nov. 3 for his performance against San Diego State last Saturday. Moore shared the award with BYU tight end Dennis Pitta.
Moore rushed for a career high 234 yards in the home victory over the Aztecs. It not only marked Moore's career high for rushing yards, but it was the third best single-game rushing performance in University of Wyoming history. His 234 rushing yards is a Mountain West Conference high this season, and is the only 200-yard rushing game by an individual in the conference this season. Moore's 290 yards of all-purpose yardage was also a personal best, as were his three touchdown runs. His 234 rushing yards ranks No. 8 among all NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision performances this season. Moore became only the eighth individual in University of Wyoming Football history to rush for 1,000 yards in a single season when he ran for 234 against San Diego State. That improved his 2008 total to 1,036 rushing yards.
Wyoming's defense held SDSU to only 10 points and only 17 rushing yards in UW's 35-10 win on Nov. 1. That was the fewest points the Cowboys had given up since a 23-3 win over Virginia in the 2007 season opener in Laramie. It also was the fewest rushing yards given up to an opponent since the Pokes held Virginia to a -3 yards rushing on Sept. 1, 2007.
Senior linebacker Ward Dobbs moved into eighth place on the UW career tackle list, with 11 tackles versus San Diego State. Dobbs now has 305 career tackles. He passed former Cowboy great Brian Brown, who had 303 career tackles as a linebacker for the Cowboys from 1996-98.
Junior defensive tackle John Fletcher recorded 2.0 sacks for a -13 yards against San Diego State to improve his career sack total to 16.0 sacks, moving him into a tie for 10th place on the Wyoming career sack list.
Redshirt freshman quarterback Chris Stutzriem made his first career start in Wyoming's 35-10 win over San Diego State, and it was quite a first start. Stutzriem was extremely efficient completing 60.0 percent of his passes (6 of 10) for 166 yards and one touchdown. His quarterback efficiency rating for the day was 232.44. The previous high QB rating for a Cowboy quarterback this season was 124.76 by Karsten Sween against TCU. Stutzriem averaged 27.7 yards per completion, and he connected on two long pass plays to fellow redshirt freshman wide receiver Brandon Stewart -- one for 69 yards and Wyoming's third touchdown of the day and another for 58 yards that put Wyoming at the Aztec five-yard line leading to the Cowboys' fourth TD in the first half. Stutzriem also did not commit a single turnover.
The favorite target for Stutzriem in his first career start at quarterback was Stewart. Stewart caught only three passes on the day, but he totaled 132 receiving yards, becoming Wyoming's first 100-yard receiver since Oct. 20, 2007, when former Cowboy Michael Ford had 115 yards against Air Force. Stewart caught passes of five yards, 58 yards and 69 yards -- his 69-yarder went for a touchdown -- for his 132 receiving yards. He averaged 44.0 yards per reception for the day.
Following its game at Tennesse this Saturday, the Cowboys will have a short week next week in preparation for a Thursday night game at UNLV on Nov. 13. That Wyoming-UNLV game will be televised live on CBS College Sports, beginning at 7 p.m., Mountain Time