Nov. 6, 2012
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
The Wyoming Cowboys and New Mexico Lobos have a long history playing each other in football and Saturday the two longtime conference rivals will play for the 65th time. Saturday's game is scheduled to kick off at 1:30 p.m. from University Stadium in Albuquerque, N.M.
Live television coverage of Saturday's game will be originated by Comcast of New Mexico. KCWY-13 of Casper and KGWN NewsChannel 5 out of Cheyenne will both carry the game live in the state of Wyoming. The game will also be broadcast live on radio over the 25 affiliates of the Cowboy Sports Network.
The Wyoming Cowboys are looking to win their second consecutive game of the season, having defeated Colorado State 45-31 last week in Laramie. New Mexico is looking to get back on the winning track after losing its last three contests -- at UNLV last week (7-35), at home to Fresno State (32-49) the week prior and on the road at Air Force (23-28) three weeks ago.
Wyoming leads the overall series with 34 wins against 30 losses. The series dates back to Nov. 29, 1930, when Wyoming won 19-6 in Albuquerque. The series has been extremely close both in games played in Laramie and in games played in Albuquerque. UW leads 17-16 in games played at New Mexico. The Cowboys also lead the series 17-14 in games played in Wyoming. UW will be looking for its first road win against the Lobos since recording a 14-10 road victory in 2006. New Mexico has won the last two games played against the Cowboys in Albuquerque.
Wyoming had both the Mountain West Offensive and Defensive Players of the Week this past week in sophomore quarterback Brett Smith and sophomore cornerback Blair Burns. Smith threw four touchdown passes last week against CSU and ran for another. He moved into eighth place on the Wyoming career passing list last week with 235 passing yards versus the Rams. Smith moved past former Cowboy QB Craig Burnett into eighth place. Smith enters this week with 4,413 passing yards. Burnett had 4,373 passing yards from 1986-87.
Burns' 99-yard interception return for a TD against Colorado State last week was the second longest in University of Wyoming history, and ties him for the second-longest interception return in the nation this year. Jacque Finn holds the UW school record for the longest interception return. Finn returned an interception 100 yards versus BYU back in 2002.
New Mexico has one of the most effective option-running attacks in the nation this season. The Lobos are averaging 303.1 rushing yards per game to rank No. 5 in the NCAA. Their running game is led by junior running back Kasey Carrier, who has already rushed for 1,156 yards this season. Carrier ranks No. 2 in the Mountain West and No. 7 in the country in rushing yards.
The Cowboy offense continues to be one of the best in the nation in scoring once they get into the red zone (the opponent's 20-yard line). Wyoming has scored on 28 of 30 red-zone opportunities. Of those 28 scores, 23 have been touchdowns. The only two failed red-zone opportunities this season were on a failed fourth-and-two attempt at Texas and a blocked field goal versus Boise State.
This week's road game is the first of two road contests for the Pokes. Next week, Wyoming will travel to Las Vegas, Nev., to play the UNLV Rebels on Saturday, Nov. 17. The Cowboys will return home for their season finale against San Diego State on Saturday, Nov. 24.