Senior Day Features the Wyoming Cowboys Hosting the Boise State Broncos

Nov. 18, 2014


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Saturday will be Senior Day for 24 Wyoming Cowboys as they play their final home game in War Memorial Stadium. The Cowboys will host the Boise State Broncos on Saturday in a game that will kick off at 8:15 p.m. from Wyoming's Jonah Field at War Memorial Stadium. Wyoming enters the game with a 4-6 overall record and a 2-4 mark in conference play. Boise State is 8-2 overall and 5-1 in the Mountain West.

University of Wyoming Athletics is offering a special "Bandit Bundle" ticket for Saturday's football and men's basketball double-header. The "Bandit Bundle" costs $45 and will include a general admission ticket to the Wyoming-Boise State football game and an upper bowl ticket in the Arena-Auditorium to the Wyoming-Colorado basketball game that will tip off at 4 p.m. The "Bandit Bundle" ticket must be purchased prior to Saturday, Nov. 22.

Over half of this year's senior class -- 13 total -- have played 30 or more games for the Pokes. Devyn Harris (48 career games played), Blair Burns (47), Dominic Rufran (47), Patrick Mertens (46), Trey Norman (44), Sonny Puletasi (43), Alex Borgs (42) and Keenan Montgomery (42) have each played 40 or more games. While Mark Nzeocha (39), Darrenn White (37), Stuart Williams (36), Jalen Claiborne (33) and Riley Lange (33) have each played 30 or more.

Senior wide receiver Rufran will be attempting to extend the nation's longest active streak of catching at least one pass in 47 consecutive games. Rufran's current streak of 47 consecutive games with a catch is not only the longest active streak in the NCAA, but with one more reception he will set new Mountain West and Wyoming school records of 48 consecutive games.

Rufran also needs only 25 receiving yards to tie former Cowboy great and current San Diego Charger Malcom Floyd for the No. 6 spot in career receiving yards in Wyoming history. Rufran enters Saturday's game with 2,386 career receiving yards. Floyd had 2,411 receiving yards during his career at Wyoming from 2000-03.

Cowboy junior defensive end Eddie Yarbrough has played some of his best football of the season the last four games. He has recorded 4.0 sacks and 8.5 tackles for loss in the Cowboys' last four contests. He leads all Mountain West defensive linemen in TFLs and ranks No. 2 among MW defensive linemen in tackles, averaging 5.2 tackles per game. Yarbrough earned First Team All-Mountain West honors as a sophomore a year ago.

The 2014 Ted Hendricks Award Committee announced earlier this month its Midseason Watch List, and Yarbrough is one of 32 candidates for this year's award. The award is named for former University of Miami defensive end Ted Hendricks, who was a three-time All-American and is presented to the top defensive end in the country each season.

In this, his junior season, Yarbrough leads the Cowboys in both tackles for loss (10.5) and sacks (4.0). He also has moved into third place on Wyoming's career tackle for loss list, with 28.5 for his career. Yarbrough has recorded 52 tackles this season, forced one fumble and recovered one fumble.

The Wyoming defense has posted two of its best performances of the season in its two most recent games, at Fresno State on Nov. 1 and against Utah State on Nov. 7. The Cowboys held Fresno State to only 316 total yards and only 17 points in a 45-17 road win. Against Utah State, the Wyoming defense allowed only 356 yards of total offense and only 13 points. The other seven Aggie points came on a punt return for a TD in a 20-3 loss for the Cowboys.

The Cowboy defense has been playing well without the services of leading tackler Mark Nzeocha (LB), team captain and leader of the secondary Darrenn White (FS) and senior starters Sonny Puletasi (DE) and Jordan Stanton (LB). Nzeocha and White suffered season-ending injuries on Oct. 18 and Oct. 11, respectively. Puletasi has missed the last three games due to injury, and Stanton has been injured the last two games.

Wyoming's rushing attack has featured two dynamic running backs this season. Junior Shaun Wick entered the Oct. 25 game at Colorado State ranked No. 16 in the nation in rushing yards per carry (6.37), and was ranked No. 26 in the NCAA in rushing yards (101.0 yards per game). Wick broke his hand on the first series of the CSU game and has missed the last two games for the Pokes. True freshman Brian Hill stepped into the starting running back position, and has averaged 174.7 yards rushing per game in the last three games. Wick (705 rushing yards) and Hill (574) have combined for 1,279 net rushing yards in 2014.

The Boise State Broncos are tied for first place in the Mountain Division of the Mountain West Conference at 5-1. In its most recent outing against San Diego State, BSU used a 21-point fourth-quarter to capture a 38-29 home win over San Diego State. Quarterback Grant Hedrick threw for one touchdown and rushed for another to lead the Broncos to victory.

Leading the rushing attack is All-MW tailback Jay Ajayi, who rushed for 134 yards and three touchdowns against SDSU. For the season, he has 1,280 yards rushing and 17 touchdowns for the Broncos. Hedrick is a threat out of the backfield as well, with 461 yards and six scores.

Wide receiver Shane Williams-Rhodes has caught 60 catches and six TD passes this season. He is also an outstanding punt returner, averaging 8.5 yards per punt return, with a long of 37.

The Boise State defense has had a penchant for forcing turnovers, with 15 interceptions through 10 games, including two pick-sixes.

The Cowboy Sports Network will carry the Wyoming-Boise State game live on radio over its 26 affiliate stations, beginning with the pregame show one hour prior to kick off.

Saturday's game will mark the third consecutive game this season that the Cowboys will appear on ESPN2 and the fourth overall appearance on ESPN2 this year. Wyoming has made six total appearances on ESPN networks in 2014, including an ESPNU telecast versus Air Force and an ESPN3 game against San Jose State.