Nov. 9, 2010
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
The Wyoming Cowboys will make their final road trip of the 2010 season this week as they travel to Las Vegas, Nev., to face the UNLV Rebels. Wyoming is coming off its best offensive performance of the season a week ago at New Mexico, but four costly turnovers resulted in a 31-34 loss for the Cowboys. Saturday's game from Sam Boyd Stadium in Las Vegas will kick off at 8 p.m., Mountain Time (7 p.m., Pacific).
Wyoming generated a season high 536 yards of total offense against New Mexico and rushed for 392 yards -- also a season high. In fact the total offense and rushing totals were the most by a Cowboy offense since Nov. 1, 2008, when the pokes generated 544 yards of total offense and 378 rushing yards in a 35-10 home win over San Diego State.
UW enters Saturday's game versus UNLV with a 2-8 overall record and an 0-6 conference mark. UNLV is 1-8 overall and 1-4 in conference play. The Rebels lone win of the season was a 45-10 home victory over New Mexico on Sept. 25. Both the Cowboys and Rebels are looking to break five-game losing streaks.
Wyoming and UNLV will be meeting for the 19th time. The series is tied at 9-9 entering this week's game. The series began on Nov. 11, 1978, when UNLV won by a 12-10 score in Las Vegas. Each home team holds a one-game advantage on their home field. UNLV leads the series in games played in Las Vegas by a 5-4 margin. Wyoming leads the series in games played in Laramie by an identical 5-4 advantage. Wyoming has won five of the last six meetings, including a 30-27 win in Laramie a year ago. The only win by UNLV in the last six games came in 2008 in Las Vegas by a score of 22-14.
Three previous meetings in Las Vegas have been decided in overtime. In 1998, Wyoming won 28-25 in one overtime. The 2002 meeting was won by UNLV 49-48 in single overtime, and the 2004 game went to triple overtime before the Cowboys captured a 53-45 victory. The 2004 triple overtime game marked the most overtimes ever played by Wyoming since the overtime rule went into effect in college football in 1996.
Individually for the Cowboys, three players each rushed for over 100 yards last week at New Mexico. Sophomore running back Alvester Alexander led the way with a personal best 151 rushing yards. Freshman running back Robert Herron recorded the first 100-yard game of his career, with 122, and sophomore quarterback Austyn Carta-Samuels also notched his first 100-yard rushing game, with 119. Alexander's 151 yards tied for the fifth best in the Mountain West Conference this season. Herron's 122 yards ranks No. 15 in the MWC in 2010 and Carta-Samuels' 119 ranks No. 18. It was Alexander's third career 100-yard rushing game and second this season.
It marked the first time since Nov. 11, 1995, versus San Diego State that Wyoming had three players each rush for over 100 yards in the same game. Back in `95, UW running backs Lex Sexton (151), Jermaine McDowell (122) and Marques Brigham (117) each ran for over 100 yards in a 34-31 victory at San Diego State.
Alexander had a 94-yard touchdown run in the in the second quarter against New Mexico, which was the second longest in school history. The longest run in UW history was 95 yards by Nate Scott vs. Central Michigan on Sept. 16, 2000, in Laramie.
Saturday's game will be televised live on The Mtn. The Cowboy Sports Network radio broadcast will begin at 7 p.m., Mountain Time, one hour prior to kickoff.