Current Press Release

Nov. 22, 1999

LARAMIE, Wyo. -




Wyoming Football Contacts:Kevin McKinney, Sports Information DirectorTim Harkins, Assistant Sports Information DirectorThe Wyoming Cowboys (7-3, 4-2 in the Mountain West)vs.The San Diego State Aztecs (4-6, 2-4 in the Mountain West)

To Be Televised Live by ESPN at 5:00 p.m., Mountain Time

Game No. 11: Saturday, Nov. 27, 1999, 5:00 p.m.,M.T.Gamesite: Qualcomm (71,400), San Diego, Calif.Series Record: Wyoming leads 13-7-0Last Meeting: Nov. 1, 1997, Wyoming won 41-17 in Laramie, Wyo.Wyoming Head Coach: Dana Dimel (Kansas State '86) Overall Head-Coaching Record 23-11 (.676), 3rd year Record at Wyoming SameOpponent Head Coach: Ted Tollner (Cal Poly-SLO '62) Overall Head-Coaching Record 36-32 (.529), 6th year Record at Current School 62-52-1 (.543), 10th yearCaptains: Wyoming's 1999 captains are seniors #67 Dan Delcorio, C, #22Robbie Duncan, CB, #39 Jared Jarnagin, MIKE, #83 Wendell Montgomery, WR, and#93 Brian Van Emmerik, DE. Wyoming Cowboys San Diego State AztecsDate Opponent Time/Result Date Opponent Time/ResultSept. 4 at Tennessee L 17-42 Sept. 4 South Florida W 41-12Sept. 11 Weber State W 41-16 Sept. 11 at Illinois L 10-38Sept. 25 at Air Force* W 10-7 Sept. 18 at USC L 21-24Oct. 2 Idaho W 28-13 Sept. 25 at Kansas W 41-13Oct. 9 UNLV* L 32-35 Oct. 2 Air Force* L 22-23Oct. 16 at La.-Monroe W 38-20 Oct. 9 New Mexico* L 21-24Oct. 23 Colorado State* L 13-24 Oct. 16 at Colorado State* W 17-10Nov. 6 at Utah* W 43-29 Oct. 23 at Utah* L 16-38Nov. 13 Brigham Young* W 31-17 Nov. 6 Brigham Young* L 7-30Nov. 20 New Mexico* W 42-28 Nov. 19 at UNLV* W 37-7Nov. 27 at San Diego St.* 5:00 p.m. Nov. 27 Wyoming* 5:00p.m.*Indicates Mountain West Conference games. All times are Mountain time.All times listed are Mountain time, tentative and subject to change.

Cowboys One of Hottest Teams in the Country: Over the past three weeks, theWyoming Cowboys have been one of the hottest teams in the country. *Wyoming defeated Utah 43-29 in Salt Lake City *Wyoming defeated then No. 12 ranked BYU 31-17 in Laramie *Wyoming defeated New Mexico 42-28 in Laramie *The Cowboys have averaged 38.7 points per game the last three weeks and 502 yards of total offense per game the last three weeks *The Cowboy defense has forced 11 turnovers (7 interceptions and 4 fumbles), and has sacked opposing quarterbacks 13 times in the last three games

Wyoming Achieves Its Second Win Over Top 25 Ranked Team During 1999 Season:The Wyoming Cowboys recorded their second win over a Top 25 ranked team thisseason when they defeated Brigham Young, ranked No. 12 in the USA Today/ESPNCoaches' Poll and No. 15 in the Associated Press Media Poll, on Saturday,Nov. 13, 1999. The Cowboys also defeated Air Force on Sept. 25, 1999, when theFalcons were ranked No. 24 by Associated Press and No. 25 by USA Today/ESPN. For the 1999 season, Wyoming has posted a 2-1 record versus Top 25ranked teams. UW's only loss was to Tennessee (17-42) on Sept. 4 when theVolunteers were ranked No. 2 in the nation in both national polls.

Up in the Box: For the fourth consecutive game, University of Wyoming headcoach Dana Dimel will coach from the press box. Dimel made the move for thefirst time in a 43-29 win at Utah on Nov. 6, 1999, and followed that up witha 31-17 victory over No. 12 ranked BYU on Nov. 13 in Laramie and a 42-28 winover New Mexico, also in Laramie.

1999 University of Wyoming Highlights: *Wyoming is currently ranked No. 16 in the New York Times computerrankings, No. 31 in the Seattle Times computer rankings, No.31 in the Associated Press media poll and No. 38 in the USAToday/ESPN Coaches' Poll. All four polls are part of the BowlChampionship Series. UW has been ranked as high as No. 15 inthe New York Times computer rankings (Oct. 3), and was No. 27 in the Associated Press media poll (Oct. 3). *Defeated No. 12 ranked BYU 31-17 in Laramie, Wyo., on Nov. 13, 1999 *Defeated No. 24 ranked Air Force 10-7 in Colorado Springs, Colo.,Sept. 25, 1999 *Broke Air Force's 11-game winning streak -- the longest in thenation. *Wyoming was the first team in Mountain West Conference history torecord a conference road win -- a 10-7 win at Air Force on Sept. 25, 1999. *In the first month of the '99 season, Wyoming played the twowinningest teams in the nation over the previous two seasons (Tennessee and AirForce) and played three teams that won bowl games in 1998 (Tennessee, Air Force andIdaho). Wyoming posted a 3-1 record against those teams. *Wyoming is 2-1 against Top 25 ranked teams this season, havingdefeated No. 24 ranked Air Force, No. 12 ranked BYU and losing at then No. 2ranked Tennessee.

Wyoming Highlights Entering This Week: *Wyoming is now 7-3, 4-2 in the Mountain West Conference. *The Cowboys are 3-1 in road games for the '99 season, having won atAir Force (10-7), at Louisiana-Monroe (38-20) and at Utah(43-29). UW's only road loss was at Tennessee (17-42). *UW is 4-2 at home. The Pokes defeated BYU (31-17), Weber State(41-16), Idaho (28-13) and New Mexico (42-28), and lost toUNLV (32-35) and Colorado State (13-24). *Wyoming is 5-1 in day games during the 1999 season. *Wyoming is 2-2 in day games during the 1999 season. *This season's meeting between Wyoming and San Diego State is thefirst since Nov. 1, 1997, when UW won 41-17 in Laramie, Wyo. *The Cowboys and Aztecs will be meeting for the 21st time on thegridiron this week. Wyoming holds a 13-7-0 advantage in the series. The seriesis tied at 5-5 in games played in San Diego. *The Wyoming defense continues to force turnovers at an amazing pacethis season. The UW defense created three turnovers versus NewMexico last Saturday. All three were interceptions. For theseason, Wyoming's defensive unit has recovered 12 opponentfumbles and intercepted 16 opponent passes. The Cowboysalso recorded a safety against Utah. Wyoming has turned those 28opponent turnovers into 109 points (3 FGs, 14 TDs and one safety). *In three of the last four weeks, UW's defense has been outstandingin rushing defense. Against BYU, Wyoming allowed the Cougarsonly 29 yards net rushing. The week prior, UW gave up only 45yards rushing to Utah. Against Colorado State on Oct. 23,the Pokes allowed only 90 yards net rushing. *The 1999 senior class ended their home careers at Wyoming with ahome record of 20-4 (.833). They are 33-13 (.717) overallfor their careers entering this week's regular-seasonfinale at San Diego State. *Quarterback Jay Stoner threw for 249 yards in the win over NewMexico last Saturday. Over the last three weeks, Stoner has thrown for andeven 900 yards while completing 58 of 95 passes (.611), five TDsand only one interception. He has averaged an even 300 yardspassing in those three weeks. *Stoner has also improved his quarterback rating to 144.01 to rankNo. 10 in the nation. *Senior Wendell Montgomery had his third consecutive 100-yard gamewith 105 yards on five catches and one TD versus New Mexicolast week. *Montgomery also caught a pass in his 40th consecutive game -- thesecond longest streak in America entering last week (Ibn Green ofLouisville had a 43-game streak entering last week). *Last Saturday's 42-28 win over New Mexico marked the fourth gamethis season that Wyoming intercepted three passes in a singlegame -- vs. Idaho, UNLV, Utah and New Mexico. *Freshman Cliff Brye had 155 yards rushing vs. New Mexico on sixcarries and scored two TDS. He became the first Wyomingrunning back to rush for over 150 yards since MarquesBrigham, who rushed for 151 yards against Montana State on9-12-98. Brye averaged 25.8 yards per carry against New Mexico. *Since coming back from his bruised sternum, senior running back TimBeasley has gained 249 yards in the last four weeks to average62.3 yards per game. He has also scored four TDs in those fourgames. *Wyoming's leading tackler, senior Matt Lehning, now has 95 totaltackles for the season, including nine tackles against NewMexico last Saturday. He also has three interceptions, fivepass breakups and one tackle for a loss.

Wyoming Rising in National Polls: The Wyoming Cowboys are once againgetting the attention of the national polls. The Cowboys broke back into the New York Times Computer Ranking thisweek at No. 16. In this week's Associated Press Top 25 Media Poll, Wyoming is rankedNo. 31 with 21 votes. Wyoming is also ranked No. 31 this week in the Seattle TimesComputer Ranking. The USA Today/ESPN Coaches' Poll ranks the Cowboys No. 38. All four rankings are part of the Bowl Championship Series formula. Wyoming's high rankings this season have been: No. 15 in the NewYork Times, No. 27 in AP and No. 35 in USA Today/ESPN.

Putting Up Points: The Wyoming Cowboys scored the most points of the seasonin their 43-29 win at Utah on Nov. 6. Wyoming followed that up with 31 points in a 31-17 win over BYU onNov. 13, and 42 points in a 42-28 victory over New Mexico on Nov. 20.

ESPN To Televise Wyoming at San Diego State Game Beginning at 5:00 P.M.Mountain Time: The Wyoming Cowboys versus San Diego State Aztecs game thiscoming Saturday, Nov. 27 will be televised by ESPN as one of its nationalgames. Dave Barnett will describe the play-by-play action. He will bejoined by color analyst Bill Curry, and Dave Ryan will serve as sidelinereporter. This will mark the sixth game this season that Wyoming has appearedon either ESPN, ESPN2 or ESPN Regional television.

With Win Over New Mexico, Cowboys Keep Hope of MWC Title Alive: Wyoming'swin over New Mexico last Saturday, kept the Cowboys' hopes alive ofcapturing the first Mountain West Conference Football Championship. BYU and Utah ended their regular seasons last week with identical5-2 conference marks, and identical 8-3 overall records. If Wyoming winsits game at San Diego State, and Colorado State wins its game at UNLV thiscoming Saturday, both UW and CSU would also tie for the title with 5-2 MWCrecords, and would also both end with 8-3 overall records. Here are the circumstances surrounding the title heading into thefinal two weeks of the season.

Mountain West Bowl Ties: The two bowls that have direct ties to the MountainWest Conference are: the AXA Liberty Bowl, to be played on Friday, Dec. 31,1999, in Memphis, Tenn., and the EA Sports Las Vegas Bowl, to be played onSaturday, Dec. 18 in Las Vegas, Nev. The most recent selection criteria released by the Mountain WestConference on Sunday, Nov. 14, indicated the following terms for selectionby the two bowls. *One or both bowl selections could be announced as early asSaturday, Nov. 20 or as late as Tuesday, Nov. 30, depending on the outcomeof upcoming MWC games. *The AXA Liberty Bowl has the first selection and can choose fromthe pool of conference co-champions. The bowl committee can factor in: theMWC tie-breaker, which is head-to-head competition and can factor in the BCSstandings. However, the bowl also has the option to select itsparticipating team based on overall record and other relevant information. *The EA Sports Las Vegas Bowl has the option to take a co-championthat the Liberty Bowl passes on, a second-place team or anotherbowl-eligible MWC team of its choice. *There may be other at-large bids available in other bowls. Thatwill be dependent on how many NCAA Division IA teams across the countryreach the required bowl-eligible number of six victories against Division IAteams. Wyoming became bowl eligible last week with its win over New Mexico.

From Sick Bay: The Cowboys came out of the New Mexico game with one majorinjury, linebacker Cortney Barnes. Here is the updated injury report as ofMonday:Cortney Barnes, LBShoulder Subluxation ProbableJeff Boyle, NGKnee surgery Out for seasonBrandon Casavan, DLBroken arm Out for seasonBrahms Derenoncourt, WRFoot sprain Out indefinitelyJerel Haynes, DEKnee sprain Out indefinitelyPat Hirsch, DEKnee surgery Out for seasonAl Rich, FS Bruised Shoulder ProbableAnthony Stannard, DLKnee surgery Out for season

Cowboy Travel Plans: The Cowboys will depart Cheyenne via Miami Air charterat 2 p.m. on Friday, arriving in San Diego at 4:55 p.m. They willheadquarter at the Marriott Hotel and Marina (619) 234-1500. They willreturn to Laramie on Sunday, leaving San Diego at 9 a.m. and arriving backin Laramie by 1:15 p.m.

Last Meeting at San Diego: The date was Nov. 7, 1996 at Jack MurphyStadium. The Aztecs scored with 38 seconds to play to win 28-24. That score came after the Cowboys had taken a 24-21 lead with 1:39remaining on a two-yard run by Marques Brigham and a two-point conversion.The Cowboys led 10-9, at halftime. San Diego State rolled up 520 yards of total offense, while theCowboys racked up 419. Wyoming's quarterback was 27 of 40 for 319 yards and twotouchdowns. Receiver Marcus Harris caught 10 passes for 91 yards.

Last Meeting: The date was Nov. 1, 1997, at War Memorial Stadium in Laramie.The Cowboys scored in every quarter to down the Aztecs, 41-17. Freshman quarterback Jay Stoner was 18 of 34 for 254 yards and atouchdown while Mike Jenkins rushed 20 times for 66 yards and two scores. Wyoming led 20-10 at half. The Cowboy defense sacked San Diego State quarterback SpencerBrinton four times, and limited the Aztecs to 241 yards of total offense. The Cowboys had 422 yards of total offense, 168 on the ground, 254through the air.

About the Aztecs: The Aztecs enter the game with a 4-6-0 record, 1-3 athome. They are 2-4 in the Mountain West Conference, and ironically 0-3 athome in conference play. They are averaging 23.3 points per game and giving up 21.9. Theyare averaging 372.8, and giving up 292.6. Three Aztec losses have been by a total of seven points, including apair of Mountain West Conference losses. The Aztecs are 29 of 32 in the red zone this season with 19touchdowns and 10 field goals. They are 3-1 in games in which they didnot commit a turnover, and 1-5 when they give the ball away at least once. SDSU is currently eighth nationally in total defense, first in theMountain West. The Aztecs are 17th nationally against the rush (103.2).They have allowed two TD's or less in six of the 10 games. Quarterback Jack Hawley has thrown for 12 touchdowns this season and1,710 yards. He has thrown nine interceptions. The top running back has been Larry Ned who has gained 812 yards andscored 10 touchdowns. He's averaging 81.2 yards per outing. His teammateat running back, Jonas Lewis has gained 681 yards, and scored twice. Defensively, end Kabeer Gbaja-Biamila has 30 sacks for his career,which is the Aztec all-time record. Strong safety Rico Curtis now has 88tackles on the season and 356 for his career, second on the SDSU all-timetackle list.

About Coach Ted Tollner: Tollner is in his sixth year at San Diego State,and has a record of 36-32-0. Tollner was the head coach at Southern California for four years andan NFL assistant for seven years prior to returning to the college game bytaking the San Diego State job. He was 26-19-1 as head coach of theTrojans, winning a PAC-10 and Rose Bowl title there. He has directed the Aztecs to a pair of eight-win seasons. Lastyear, after an 0-3 start, the Aztecs won seven of their last eight games,and earned a bid to the Las Vegas Bowl where they lost to North Carolina,20-13. He was the offensive coordinator at SDSU from 1973-80. The Aztecswere 61-26-2 during that span. He left SDSU to become the quarterback coach at Brigham Young in1981, and coached Jim McMahon there. He moved on to USC in 1982 asoffensive coordinator, and took over for John Robinson as Trojan head coachin 1983. After leaving USC he spent seven years in the NFL with the BuffaloBills, San Diego Chargers and Los Angeles Rams. He is a 1962 graduate of Cal Poly (San Luis Obispo) where he was astarting quarterback at Cal Poly for two years and pitched for the baseballteam. He was one of 26 survivors of the tragic Cal Poly plane crash on Oct.29, 1960, which killed 22 people, 16 of them players. After the First: Points for Wyoming have been hard to produce in the openingquarter of play. But once the Cowboys get by that opening period, look out. Wyoming has scored 42 points in the first quarter this season, 14less than its opponents. But the Cowboys have scored 70 or more in each ofthe last three, and 80 or more in the last two. The Cowboys have scored 78 in the second, 13 more than the opponent,89 in the third, 41 more than the opponent, and 84 in the fourth, 24 morethan the opponent.

Whitewashing: Wyoming's defense has shut out the opponent in 14 quartersthis season to date. In every game this season but last week vs. NewMexico, the defense has blanked the opponent in at least one quarter. Wyoming has three first-quarter shutouts, four in the second andthird and three in the fourth. The Cowboys blanked Weber State in the second and third quarters,Air Force in the first, second and third, and Louisiana, Monroe in the thirdand fourth periods. Success in Four: Wyoming's win over New Mexico last week marked a milestonefor Cowboy football. The win gave Wyoming seven for the season with one to play, givingthe Cowboys four consecutive seasons of at least seven victories for thefirst time in school history. Over those four seasons the Cowboys have been 10-2, 8-5, 8-3 and now7-3, giving them a 33-13 mark during that time. One of those years belongedto Joe Tiller, the other three to Dana Dimel. The best four-year recordever was compiled by Lloyd Eaton from 1965 (just six wins) through 1969 of33-9-0.

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