The Border War and the Battle for the Bronze Boot Kicks Off Saturday

Nov. 16, 2010


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The Wyoming Cowboys and Colorado State Rams will be playing for the 102nd time this week in "The Border War". The series is the oldest rivalry for both schools. The Border War" series has been played in three different centuries, dating back to Nov. 30, 1899. This year is the 111th anniversary of that first meeting. Saturday's game is scheduled to kick off at Noon, Mountain Time from Wyoming's War Memorial Stadium.

Wyoming enters Saturday's game looking to beat the Rams in consecutive seasons for the first time since 1991-92. The Cowboys are 2-9 this season and are looking for their first conference win of 2010. Colorado State is 3-8 overall and 2-5 in the MWC.

In each of the past two seasons, the winner of this game advanced on to the New Mexico Bowl. Wyoming won, 17-16, in Fort Collins a year ago and went on to capture the 2009 New Mexico Bowl championship over Fresno State. In 2008, it was CSU who won, 31-20, in Laramie to earn a New Mexico bowl bid. The Rams also defeated Fresno State in the 2008 New Mexico Bowl.

This year's meeting will be the 43rd time the two teams have played for the Bronze Boot. The traveling trophy first became a part of the rivalry back in 1968. Entering this week, the Bronze Boot portion of the series is tied, with each team having won 21 times.

Overall, Colorado State leads "The Border War" series with 55 wins to 41 victories by the Cowboys. There have been five ties in the series. Since the end of World War II, Wyoming and CSU have played every season for 65 consecutive seasons from 1946 to this season. Over the past 64 consecutive meetings, dating back to the 1946 season, Wyoming leads 36-28-0.

This week leading up to "The Border War" game, The Mtn. will air a special "Rivalries, Wyoming vs. Colorado State". The half hour special will include interviews with former great Cowboy and Ram players and coaches regarding the rivalry. The special will air: Tuesday, Nov. 16 at 11:30 a.m. and 10:30 p.m.; Wednesday, Nov. 17 at 2:00 p.m.; Thursday, Nov. 18 at 3:00 p.m.; and Friday, Nov. 19 at 11:00 a.m., 4:00 p.m. and 11:00 p.m.

Saturday's season finale will see 13 Wyoming seniors play their final college football game. During their careers, this year's seniors have enjoyed some tremendous accomplishments that they will be able to look back upon once their playing days have ended. Among those accomplishments are:

  • In 2007, Wyoming defeated Virginia of the Atlantic Coast Conference, 23-3, in Laramie.
  • The 2007 Cowboy team also defeated TCU, 24-21, in Laramie.
  • The 2008 season saw the Cowboys become the first team from a non-automatic qualifying BCS league to win in Tennessee's legendary Neyland Stadium since 1986 as UW defeated the Volunteers, 13-7, on Nov. 8, 2008.
  • Wyoming became the first Mountain West Conference team to defeat Tennessee home, away or at a neutral site with its victory. Tennessee was 15-0 versus MWC teams prior to that loss to the Cowboys.
  • A year ago, Wyoming captured the Bronze Boot with a 17-16 win on the road at Colorado State. That win also assured the Cowboys a bowl bid.
  • The 2009 season saw the Cowboys make their first bowl appearance and win their first bowl game since 2004 when they defeated Fresno State, 35-28 in double overtime, in the 2009 New Mexico Bowl.

    The annual running of the game ball by the ROTC detachments of the University of Wyoming and Colorado State University will take place on Friday, Nov. 19. ROTC members from Colorado State will deliver the game ball to the Wyoming-Colorado State line on U.S. Highway 287 at approximately 1 p.m. on Friday. After a brief ceremony and exchange of the game ball, UW Army ROTC cadets will take turns running the ball in a relay fashion from the state line to Laramie. Each pair of cadets will run in one-mile intervals. The first leg of UW's ROTC run will be taken by UW mascot Pistol Pete, who is Gregory Burke a UW ROTC cadet from Cheyenne. The cadets will deliver the game ball to the Cowboy Football team in the Rochelle Athletics Center at 5:15 p.m.

    Saturday's game will be televised live on The Mtn. The Cowboys Sports Network radio broadcast will begin one hour prior to kickoff, or 11 a.m. this Saturday.