Nov. 9, 2004
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
This year's meeting between the Wyoming Cowboys and Utah Utes is special for a number of reasons. First, it matches up the first two teams in the Mountain West Conference to achieve bowl eligibility this season. Wyoming is 6-3 overall, 3-2 in the MWC. Utah is 9-0 and 5-0 in the conference. This Saturday's meeting marks the 100th anniversary of the first meeting between the two Rocky Mountain rivals. The teams first met on the gridiron on Oct. 31, 1904, with Utah winning 23-0 in Laramie. This week's game is the 77th the two schools have played over the past 100 years. Utah leads the overall series 45-30-1.
Utah is also the highest ranked team to ever appear in War Memorial Stadium. The Utes come in ranked No. 7 in the Associated Press media poll and No. 8 in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches' Poll. The highest ranked team that Wyoming has ever defeated was No. 11 ranked Arizona State back in 1972. Wyoming won that game 45-43.
The other reason this game is special is the Cowboys are trying to complete an undefeated home record for the first time since 1996. Wyoming enters Saturday's game 5-0 at home in 2004. During the past two years, the Cowboys have posted an 8-3 home record.
Saturday's game is scheduled to kick off at 5 p.m., Mountain time. The game is being carried on ABC television, and will be televised regionally in the western United States.
The UW Athletics Department encourages Cowboy fans to come to War Memorial Stadium on Saturday and show Coach Glenn and his team just how proud the state is of the Cowboys' accomplishments in 2004.