Nov. 11, 2005
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
Saturday's game between the Wyoming Cowboys and Brigham Young Cougars marks the final home game for 19 Wyoming Cowboy seniors. The 19 have been part of a Wyoming turnaround that has brought a great deal of success and excitement back to Cowboy Football. That turnaround started with a 2002 season that saw UW win only two games, to a team that a year ago won Wyoming's first bowl game since 1968.
The game will kickoff at 4 p.m. from Jonah Field at War Memorial Stadium in Laramie.
Among the accomplishments that members of the 2005 senior class have achieved are:
Earning Wyoming's first bowl bid since 1993 by participating in the 2004 Pioneer PureVision Las Vegas Bowl.
Winning Wyoming's first bowl game since 1968 by defeating UCLA, 24-21, in the 2004 Las Vegas Bowl.
Six members earned some form of All-Conference recognition during their careers prior to their senior seasons. Those six include Jovon Bouknight, Corey Bramlet, Adam Brooks, Dusty Hoffschneider, John Wadkowski and Deric Yaussi.
Six were named to preseason watch lists for national awards prior to the start of the 2005 season. Those six individuals and the national watch lists they were named to include:
Jovon Bouknight, Fred Biletnikoff Award Preseason Watch List (Honoring the Nation's Top Receiver)
Corey Bramlet, Davey O'Brien Award Preseason Watch List (Honoring the Nation's Top Quarterback)
Adam Brooks, Ray Guy Award Preseason Watch List (Honoring the Nation's Top Punter)
Dusty Hoffschneider, Rotary Lombardi Award Preseason Watch List (Honoring the Nation's Top Lineman)
John Wadkowski, Rotary Lombardi Award Preseason Watch List (Honoring the Nation's Top Lineman)
Deric Yaussi, Lou Groza Award Preseason Watch List (Honoring the Nation's Top Place-kicker)
Three seniors have earned either First or Second Team Academic All-District VII honors from the College Sports Information Directors of America. Those three were: Corey Bramlet, Adam Brooks and Jeff Tatnall.
The 2005 football seniors to be honored at their final home game today are:
No./Name/Position/Ht./Wt./Hometown (Last School)
#22/Josh Barge/WR/6-0/209/Blue Springs, Mo. (Blue Springs)
#36/Brandon Bell/CB/6-1/190/San Diego, Calif. (Palomar CC, Calif.)
#9/Jovon Bouknight/WR/6-1/195/Denver, Colo. (Manual)
#17/Corey Bramlet/QB/6-4/215/Wheatland, Wyo. (Wheatland)
#4/C.J. Brewer/WR/6-2/205/Denver, Colo. (Ventura CC, Calif.)
#39/Adam Brooks/P/5-11/196/Vermillion, S.D. (Vermillion)
#3/Terrance Butler/CB/6-1/179/Fort Lauderdale, Fla. (Tuskegee University)
#50/Matt Chase/LB/6-1/228/Windsor, Colo. (Windsor)
#78/Alan Erving/OG/6-4/304/LaVerne, Calif. (Chaffey CC, Calif.)
#43/John Flora/DE/6-4/277/Arvada, Colo. (Arvada West)
#58/Dusty Hoffschneider/NG/5-8/257/Littleton, Colo. (Northern Colorado)
#37/Scott Parker/P-K/6-0/188/Littleton, Colo. (Columbine)
#12/Ron Rockett/SS/6-1/195/Escondido, Calif. (Palomar CC, Calif.)
#75/Drew Severn/C/6-3/290/Glendale, Ariz. (Deer Valley)
#31/Jeff Tatnall/LB/5-11/230/Newark, Del. (Christiana)
#81/John Wadkowski/TE-H-Back/6-4/265/Santa Paula, Calif. (Ventura CC, Calif.)
#86/Jason Wallace/WR/6-2/190/Overland Park, Kan. (Fort Scott CC, Kan.)
#40/Deric Yaussi/K/5-11/199/Fort Collins, Colo. (Poudre)
* /Dan Fisher/OL/6-4/203/Gering, Neb. (Gering)
*Dan Fisher was unable to compete in the 2005 season due to previous injuries.
Today's game marks the 72nd meeting between the Wyoming Cowboys and BYU Cougars. Wyoming trails in the overall series by eight games -- 30-38-3. The series is the third oldest for both schools. Wyoming's two oldest rivalries are against Colorado State (97 meetings) and Utah (78). BYU's two oldest series are against Utah (80) and Utah State (76). Wyoming has won two of the last three meetings versus Brigham Young in Laramie, including a 13-10 win in 2003, and a dominating 31-17 win in 1999. That 1999 victory came against a BYU team that was ranked No. 12 in the USA Today Coaches' Poll and No. 15 in the Associated Press poll.
With two weeks remaining in the 2005 Mountain West Conference race, a number of teams are still fighting for position in the conference standings and fighting to become bowl eligible. TCU captured the 2005 Mountain West Conference title last week with a 33-6 home victory over Colorado State to improve its conference record to 7-0. Five other MWC teams still have hopes of becoming bowl eligible by posting a winning record on the season. Among those teams are the Wyoming Cowboys, which are 4-5 overall with two games to play.
Saturday's game will be televised by SportsWest TV and carried in the state of Wyoming by KTWO-TV of Casper, Wyo. The game will also be available on ESPN GamePlan on a subscription basis. As always the Cowboy Sports Network will broadcast the game on its 26-station radio network. The Cowboy Sports Network broadcast will begin one hour before kickoff. This week's Denver radio affiliate is KRKS AM 990.