Nov. 15, 2007
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
Saturday's Wyoming-BYU game will mark the final home game of the 2007 season for the Wyoming Cowboys. It will also mark the final home game for twelve Wyoming seniors.
The Cowboys enter Saturday's contest with a 5-5 overall record and a 2-4 conference mark. The Pokes still need one more win to become bowl eligible. Six wins is necessary to earn bowl eligibility, but it doesn't guarantee a bowl bid.
UW will be looking to improve on its current 4-1 home record in 2007 when it hosts BYU. The last time UW posted a 5-1 home record was back in 2004 when Joe Glenn's Cowboys posted a 5-1 home record on way to a 7-5 overall mark and a Las Vegas Bowl Championship.
BYU currently sits atop the conference standings with a 5-0 conference mark and a 7-2 overall record. The Cougars have won their last 13 consecutive Mountain West Conference games, dating back to last season. BYU is receiving votes in all three national polls, ranking 27th in the USA Today Coaches' Poll and No. 28 in both the Associated Press Media Poll and Harris Interactive Poll.
The Cowboys have already faced two nationally-ranked teams this season. UW defeated current No. 16 ranked Virginia in the 2007 season opener by a score of 23-3. Wyoming lost at current No. 15 ranked Boise State by a 24-14 margin.
This week's game will be the 74th meeting between the Cowboys and Cougars. The series with BYU is the third oldest for the Cowboys. The oldest rivalry for the Pokes is versus Colorado State. UW and CSU have played 98 times -- next week's meeting in Fort Collins will mark 99. Wyoming has played Utah 80 previous times for its second longest rivalry. The Cougars lead in the overall series with Wyoming 40-30-3.
Wyoming last defeated BYU on Oct. 18, 2003, by a score of 13-10 in Laramie, Wyo. The last time the two teams met in Laramie, BYU won by a score of 35-21 on Nov. 12, 2005.
We want to acknowledge the twelve Cowboy seniors who are playing their final home game on Jonah Field at War Memorial Stadium on Saturday. These twelve have been proud representatives of the Wyoming Football program through their years at UW, and we thank them for their hard work and dedication as student-athletes. The twelve seniors are:
#46 Wade Betschart, TE/H-Back, 6-3, 259, Torrington, Wyo.
#53 Luke Chase, ILB, 6-1, 240, Windsor, Colo.
#34 Sean Claffey, OLB, 6-3, 231, Fruita, Colo.
#7 Jacob Doss, QB, 6-2, 218, Lexington, Ky.
#8 Michael Ford, WR, 6-2, 212, Aurora, Colo.
#51 Brandon Haugen, OLB, 6-1, 239, Spokane, Wash.
#3 Troy Lewis, CB/RS, 5-7, 171, Canoga Park, Calif.
#6 Hoost Marsh, WR/RS, 5-9, 172, Arvada, Colo.
#28 Michael Medina, CB, 6-0, 190, Lakewood, Colo.
#44 John Prater, ILB, 6-0, 234, Kerrville, Texas
#20 Julius Stinson, CB, 5-10, 182, Victorville, Calif.
#25 Billy Vinnedge, P/K, 6-1, 196, Arroyo Grande, Calif.
Saturday's game is scheduled to kick off at noon, Mountain Time. The game will be televised live on The Mtn.
The Cowboy Sports Network radio broadcast will begin one hour before kick off with the pregame show.