2000 Cowboy Football Informational Press Release And Game Notes

Nov. 6, 2000


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The Wyoming Cowboys(1-8, 0-5 in the Mountain West Conference)      vs.The Utah Utes(3-6, 2-3 in the Mountain West)In the 73rd Meeting in the Series

Game No. 10: Saturday, Nov. 11, 2000, 4:00 p.m., M.T.Gamesite: War Memorial Stadium (33,500), Laramie, Wyo.Series Record: Wyoming trails 30-41-1Last Meeting: Wyoming won 43-29 on Nov. 6, 1999, in Laramie, Wyo.

Wyoming Head Coach: Vic Koenning (Kansas State '83) Overall Head-Coaching Record 1-8 (.111), 1st year Record at Wyoming Same

Opponent Head Coach: Ron McBride (San Jose State '64) Overall Head-Coaching Record 74-52 (.587), 11th year Record at Current School Same

Wyoming and Utah Meet for the 73rd Time This Week: The Wyoming Cowboys andUtah Utes continue their long-standing rivalry in 2000 as members of theMountain West Conference. The Pokes and Utes met for 50 consecutive yearson the gridiron from 1946-95. After a two-year hiatus in 1996 and 97, dueto the rotation in divisions in the old 16-team WAC, the two schools renewedtheir series in 98 in the final year of their WAC affiliation.

Here is a breakdown in the series:Overall Series Record                   UW trails 30-41-1Wyoming vs. Utah in Laramie             UW leads 19-15-0Wyoming vs. Utah in Salt Lake City      UW trails 11-26-1Mountain West Conference Series         UW leads 1-0Last 10 Years                           UW leads 6-4Wyoming vs. Utah in War Memorial        UW leads 18-6Series Record During WAC Years          UW led 20-15Last Time UW vs. Utah in Laramie        UW won 27-24                                        on Oct. 3, 1998Last Time Utah won in Laramie           Nov. 4, 1995, Utah won                                        30-24

Jay Stoner Becomes Only the Second Player in Wyoming History to Throw forOver 7,000 Yards and Accumulate Over 7,000 Yards of Total Offense: Wyomingsenior quarterback Jay Stoner moved into No. 2 on the Wyoming Career TotalOffense list on Oct. 7, 2000, versus San Diego State, and against Air Forceon Oct. 14, he became only the second player in school history to accumulateover 7,000 yards in total offense and pass for over 7,000 yards.

Stoner's career total offense entering this week is 7,428 totalyards, ranking him No. 2 behind Tom Corontzos. Stoner's career passingtotal now stands at 7,587 career passing yards, also ranking him No. 2behind Corontzos.

Corontzos ranks No. 1 in Total Offense for UW with 7,642 careeryards. Stoner needs 215 yards of total offense to pass Corontzos. Stonerwill need to average 107.5 yards in Wyoming's remaining two games to breakthe record. Stoner is averaging 160.4 yards of total offense per game thisseason.

Stoner moved into No. 2 on the Wyoming Career Passing list on Sept.23, 2000, versus Nevada. Entering this week, Stoner has 7,587 careerpassing yards.

The only Cowboy to rank ahead of Stoner on the UW Career Passinglist is also Corontzos. Corontzos threw for 7,945 yards from 1988-91.Stoner needs 359 passing yards to pass Corontzos and become Wyoming'sall-time leading passer. To reach the 359 additional yards, Stoner willhave to average 179.5 yards passing in Wyoming's remaining two games of2000. He is averaging 183.1 yards passing per game this season.

Stoner has completed more passes (628) and attempted more passes(1,093) than any Wyoming quarterback in history.

Despite missing two entire games due to injury in '99, he ranked No.21 in the nation in passing efficiency with a quarterback rating of 136.7.Stoner also ranked No. 45 in the nation in total offense, averaging 196.1yards per game.

Stoner was named Mountain West Conference Offensive Player of theweek for two consecutive weeks in November of '99, while leading Wyoming tovictories over Utah and BYU.

As a sophomore in '98, he ranked No. 40 in the nation in passingefficiency (126.1) and No. 34 in total offense (216.1 yards per game).

Wyoming Series Recordvs. Utah

The 2000 Meeting Will be the: 73rdOverall Series Record: UW trails 30-41-1Series Began: Oct. 31, 1904Wyoming Record in Laramie: 19-15-0Wyoming Record in Salt Lake: 11-26-1Wyoming Record at Neutral Sites: 0-0-0UW Head Coach Vic Koenning vs.: 0-0-0Longest UW Win Streak: 7(1958-64)Longest Utah Win Streak: 15 (1921-48)Largest UW Margin of Victory: 43 (1988)Largest Utah Margin of Victory: 79(1923)Most Points Scored by UW: 61 (1988)Most Points Scored by Utah: 79 (1923)

About the Utes: Utah enters Saturday's game with a 3-6 record overall, anda 2-3 Mountain West Conference slate. With Wyoming and BYU remaining ontheir schedule the Utes are headed for their first losing season since the1990 campaign, their first under current head coach Ron McBride.

The Utes snapped a two-game losing streak last Saturday with avictory over UNLV, 38-16, at Salt Lake City.

While quarterback inconsistency has really been costly to the Utes,their defense has played consistently well throughout the season. TheMountain West's best defense now leads the nation in pass defense. Utah hasheld its last two opponents to just 117 yards passing (58.5 per game)combined, and is now limiting opponents to 143.4 yards per game through theair. The Utes lead the league in pass defense and total defense, and areranked in the top two in a pair of other categories, pass efficiency defenseand scoring defense. One of the top players on that outstanding defense issenior corner Andre Dyson. Dyson has 53 total tackles this season, with twointerceptions. He has scored on an interception return and on a fumblereturn.

Another outstanding defensive player has been freshman end JasonKaufusi. A leading candidate for MWC Freshman of the Year honors, he hasbeen Utah's leading tackler until he missed last week's' game with an anklesprain. He has 57 total tackles and leads the team in tackles for loss with15. He also has seven sacks--second on the team--and eight quarterbackhurries. Sophomore tackle Garrett Smith leads the team in sacks with nine,and is second on the team in tackles for loss with 11. Senior linebackerKautai Olevao also has had an outstanding season. He has 45 total tackles.

The Cowboys will be the fifth opponent on Utah's schedule whoenjoyed a "bye" week prior to playing the Utes. Utah is 0-4 against theprevious four bye teams, Arizona, California, Washington State and AirForce.

Ironically Utah has scored exactly the same amount of points as ithas given up, 173.

Quarterback problems have plagued the Utes all season long.Freshman Lance Rice picked up a win in his first career start last weekagainst UNLV. He threw three touchdown passes, two to senior receiver SteveSmith. He also played most of the final three quarters in Utah's' loss toNew Mexico two weeks ago. He is the grandson of Bob Rice, a Ute donorwhose name is part of Rice-Eccles Stadium.

His top receiver is Steve Smith who is second in the Mountain Westin receiving yards. He is averaging 27.8 yards per reception. He leadsthe league in all-purpose yards per game at 161.9. He is second all-time atUtah in career punt return yards with 797. LaVon Edwards (892, 1988-91) hasthe record.

On the ground first-year running back Adam Tate, a junior, has hadan outstanding season. He leads the Mountain West in rushing at 81.9 perouting. He has had four 100-yard games out of seven opportunities. He hada run of three straight 100-yard games against Air Force, Utah State and SanDiego State. He did not play in Utah's first two games of the season whileawaiting academic clearance. His best day as a Ute came against Utah Statewhen he rushed for 133 yards and three touchdowns.

Place-kicking was a problem for the Utes until they brought onjunior Ryan Kaneshiro who took over the job in game five. He has made threeof five field goals and 15 out of 15 extra points. The other kicker, GoldenWhetman has made just one of 10 field goals to date.

Whetman also is the punter, and is averaging 38.3 per punt.

Head Coach Ron McBride: Head Coach Ron McBride is in his 11th year with theUtes, and has posted a 74-52 record. He is one of just two coaches to winat least 60 football games at Utah.

A 1964 graduate of San Jose State, McBride served two previousstints at Utah before taking over the head-coaching duties in 1990. He wasUtah's offensive line coach in 1985 and 1986, and its offensive coordinatorfrom 1977 through 1982. He also was an assistant at Wisconsin and Arizona.

McBride is 4-4 against Wyoming.

Utah posted seven straight winning seasons under McBride from 1993through 1999. His lone losing season, prior to this year, came in his firstyear as head coach back in 1990.The Utes were 4-7 that season.

In his first 10 seasons at Utah, his teams averaged seven wins ayear, and appeared in five bowl games. They won two of those games beatingArizona in the 1994 Freedom Bowl, and Fresno State in the 1999 Las VegasBowl.

McBride has won a share of two conference championships. The firstcame in 1995 as a member of the Western Athletic Conference. The secondcame last year as the Utes shared the first Mountain West Conference title.

One statistic that makes him very popular in Salt Lake City is thefact that McBride has beaten BYU four straight times at Provo. Utah has notlost there since 1991 after going 22 years and four coaches without a win atProvo.

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