The 99th Edition of 'The Border War' This Friday

Nov. 20, 2007

LARAMIE, Wyo. -

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The Wyoming Cowboys and Colorado State Rams will be playing for the 99th time this week in "The Border War" series. The series is the oldest rivalry for both schools. The game is scheduled to kick off at noon on Friday, Nov. 23 from Fort Collins, Colo. The game will be televised live on The Mtn. As with all Wyoming Football games, the Cowboy Sports Network will broadcast the game on its 25 radio affiliates beginning with the pregame show one hour before kickoff.

"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. This year is the 108th anniversary of that first meeting. Since the end of World War II, Wyoming and CSU have played every season for 62 consecutive seasons from 1946 to 2007. Colorado State leads the overall series 53-40-5. Over the past 61 consecutive meetings, dating back to the 1946 season, Wyoming leads 35-26-0.

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. Wyoming leads the Bronze Boot series by one game 20-19.

Wyoming will enter Friday's game with a 5-6 overall record and a 2-5 mark in the Mountain West Conference. CSU is 2-9 for the season and 1-6 in MWC play. Last year's meeting was won by the Cowboys in a 24-0 shutout in Laramie. It was the first time Wyoming had shutout the Rams since a 29-0 UW win in 1959.

The Cowboys will be going for back-to-back wins against Colorado State for the first time since the 1991 and `92 seasons.

Since Joe Glenn took over as head coach of Wyoming in 2003, the Cowboys are 2-2 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.

When looking at the two teams' rosters, Wyoming has 13 Wyoming natives and 28 Colorado natives on its roster for a total of 41 players from the two states. CSU's roster has two Wyoming natives and 47 Colorado natives for a total of 49 players from the two states.

The ROTC detachments of both the University of Wyoming and Colorado State University will be holding their annual running of the game ball for the Border War game between Wyoming and Colorado State on Tuesday, Nov. 20 on US 287 between Laramie, Wyo., and Fort Collins, Colo.

The run will begin from Wyoming's War Memorial Stadium at 6:00 a.m., will proceed down 15th Street to Spring Creek in a group of approximately 50 runners, and then will break out into tandems of two to run down US 287.

At approximately 11 a.m. they plan on reaching the Wyoming-Colorado state border on US 287 where they will hand off the game ball to CSU's ROTC detachment. Wyoming Athletics Director Tom Burman will be at the exchange at the state line. For the final ¾ of a mile of the run on the Wyoming side of the border there will be a mounted color guard escorting the group of runners.

The contact person for the Wyoming ROTC detachment is Major Jim Leas. Jim's number is (307) 766-4000.