The 100th Edition of 'The Border War' to be Played Saturday

Nov. 18, 2008


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The Wyoming Cowboys and Colorado State Rams will be playing for the 100th 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, when CSU won the first meeting 12-0 in Fort Collins, Colo. This year is the 109th anniversary of that first meeting.

Saturday's game is scheduled to kick off at Noon, Mountain Time from Wyoming's War Memorial Stadium. The game will be televised live on The Mtn. (Mountain West Sports Network). Saturday's Wyoming-Colorado State game will be the first televised in High-Definition (HD) by The Mtn.

Since the end of World War II, Wyoming and CSU have played every season for 63 consecutive seasons from 1946 to this season. Colorado State leads the overall series 54-40-5. Over the past 62 consecutive meetings, dating back to the 1946 season, Wyoming leads 35-27-0.

Beginning with the 1968 season, Wyoming and Colorado State have battled for a traveling trophy that was established by the ROTC detachments of both schools. That traveling trophy is the "Bronze Boot". The Boot was originally worn by Colorado State graduate Jeff Romero Sr. in Vietnam. Since the Bronze Boot was established, the battle to take it home has been as close as a series can be. The Bronze Boot series is currently tied at 20-20.

The annual running of the game ball by the two schools' ROTC detachments will take place on Friday. The ROTC runners are schedule to meet at 1 p.m. on the Wyoming-Colorado state border on U.S. Highway 287.

This year's meeting will pit the Cowboys, who are 4-7 overall and 1-6 in the Mountain West Conference, versus the Rams, who are 5-6 overall and 3-4 in the MWC. The Rams are trying to win a sixth game that would make them bowl eligible, while the Cowboys will try and play the spoiler role and deny their archrival of achieving bowl eligible status.

During the period that Joe Glenn has served as head coach at Wyoming, the Cowboys are 2-3 against the Rams. Glenn won his first meeting against CSU by a 35-28 margin in Laramie in `03. In 2004, the Rams won in Fort Collins, 30-7, and they captured the 2005 meeting, also in Fort Collins, by a 39-31 score. The 2006 season saw the Pokes shutout CSU 24-0 in Laramie. Last season CSU won by a final score of 36-28. The 2006 shutout by the Cowboys marked the first time UW had shutout Colorado State since 1959 when the Pokes won by a 29-0 score on Oct. 10, 1959, in Laramie.

Wyoming senior running back Devin Moore needs just 20 more rushing yards to become Wyoming's all-time leading rusher. He enters this week with 2,887 career rushing yards. He trails only Ryan Christopherson, who rushed for 2,906 rushing yards from 1991-94.

Fellow Cowboy senior Wynel Seldon can also move into the No. 3 spot on the UW career rushing list with 41 yards this Saturday. Seldon has run for 2,565 career yards in his college career.

A third senior, linebacker Ward Dobbs, needs only three tackles to take sole possession of fifth place on the Wyoming career tackle list. Dobbs will enter Saturday's game with 332 career tackles.

A total of 15 Wyoming seniors will be playing their final game for the Cowboys on Saturday. Those seniors and their families will be honored on the field prior to Saturday's game.

The Mtn. (MountainWest Sports Network), in partnership with the Mountain West Conference, will broadcast in high-definition (HD) for the first time on Saturday, Nov. 22 beginning with MWC Football Saturday at 11 a.m.

The Mtn. will telecast approximately nine hours of continuous high-definition programming throughout the day, encompassing the one-hour pregame show, MWC Football Saturday, leading up to kickoff in Laramie, Wyo., for the Colorado State at Wyoming game.

DIRECTV customers require a programming package (CHOICE or above in the MWC DMA or SportsPack for the remainder of the country) with HD Access and an HD-capable receiver to view high-definition programming.

Cable subscribers should check with their local service provider for service, availability and channel placement. The Mtn. will also provide an updated listing on its website: The Mtn. High-Definition Channel Listings.