Flashback in Wyoming Athletics History

November 5, 1966
Wichita, Kan.
Wyoming 55, Wichita State 0

With clear skies and the temperature in the mid 50's, November 5, 1966 was a great day for football. The University of Wyoming Cowboys traveled to Wichita State hoping for a win after a loss the week before at Colorado State.

Cowboy tailback Jim Kiick (1965-67).

The Cowboys didn't waste any time and scored their first touchdown with 6:50 left in the first quarter when tailback Jim Kiick ran for 47 yards to the endzone. Place-kicker Jerry Depoyster was successful with the PAT which made the score 7-0. UW scored another touchdown in the first quarter when quarterback Rick Egloff ran to pay-dirt with 1:59 left. The kick by Depoyster was good and the score at the end of the first quarter was Wyoming 14 - Wichita State 0. The rout was on...

The second quarter was just as good for the Cowboys. The Pokes scored two more touchdowns, bringing the score to 28-0 at the end of the first half. The beginning of the third quarter was a little uneventful, but the Cowboys made things exciting in the last five minutes of the third quarter when they scored three touchdowns within that time. At the end of the third quarter the Cowboys led the Shockers 49-0.

The Pokes went on to score one more touchdown in the fourth quarter with 2:41 left in the game. A total of six Cowboys scored touchdowns in the game: Egloff, Dave Hampton (2), Kiick, Don Klacking (2), Jerry Marion and kick-returner/defensive back Vic Washington on a punt return. The final score was Wyoming 55, Wichita State 0.

The Cowboys dominated the game in all aspects, with the most lopsided stat being total yards, Wyoming 400 and Wichita State 25.

Wyoming defensive lineman Larry Nels (1967-69).

After the glorious victory over Wichita State and a win the next week against UTEP the Cowboys earned a trip to the Sun Bowl where they were up against the Florida State Seminoles, Dec 24, 1966.

During that game the Cowboys scored a first quarter touchdown, two in the third quarter and added one last touchdown in the final quarter, as the Pokes defense held off the Seminoles and Wyoming won the 1966 Sun Bowl 28-20.

Kiick won the Dr. C. M Hendricks award as the Sun Bowl's most valuable player, and middle guard Jerry Durling won the Hizson Jewelry Trophy as the lineman of the game.

The Cowboys finished the 1966 football season with 11-1 record.

That Cowboy squad was one of the best in school history, with five of it's players going on to be inducted into the University of Wyoming Athletics Hall of Fame. Those all-time Cowboys included DePoyster, defensive lineman Mike Dirks, Kiick, defensive lineman Larry Nels and Washington.

Written by Kenzie Kotby and Lyndsey Lewis