Pokes and Lobos Meet for 67th Time in 2014 Season Finale for Both Teams

Nov. 25, 2014


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Wyoming and New Mexico will both conclude their 2014 seasons this Saturday when the Cowboys and Lobos play for the 67th time in the series between the two schools. It is the fourth longest series for the Cowboys and the second longest active series for UW -- second only to the 106 meetings versus rival Colorado State. Wyoming enters the game 4-7 overall and 2-5 in Mountain West Conference play. New Mexico is 3-8 overall and 1-6 in the Mountain West this season. The game is scheduled to kick off at 1 p.m., Mountain Time from New Mexico's University Stadium in Albuquerque, N.M.

The Wyoming Cowboys will be making their fourth appearance on ROOT SPORTS this season when they play at New Mexico this Saturday. Three of those telecasts, including this weekend's, were originated by ROOT SPORTS. ROOT also picked up the Oceanic Time-Warner Cable origination of Wyoming's road game at Hawai'i.

As always, the game will be broadcast on radio over the 26 affiliate stations of the Cowboy Sports Network, beginning with the pregame show at Noon on Saturday.

For the third time in six seasons, Wyoming will be concluding its football season in Albuquerque. But this year is the first time in those six seasons that the Pokes are facing the New Mexico Lobos in the season finale. The last two times Wyoming concluded a season in Albuquerque were the 2009 and 2011 New Mexico Bowls. In 2009, Wyoming defeated Fresno State 35-28 in double overtime. In 2011, the Cowboys lost to Temple, 15-37. The last time Wyoming ended a season playing New Mexico was 2002, also on the road in Albuquerque, where UW lost 20-49.

Wyoming and New Mexico have played five common opponents this season -- Air Force, Boise State, Colorado State, Fresno State and Utah State. Wyoming has posted a 2-3 record versus those common opponents this season, with its two victories coming over Air Force and Fresno State. New Mexico has posted an 0-5 record versus those five teams.

Senior wide receiver Dominic Rufran will be attempting to become only the fifth player in the 118 seasons of Wyoming Football to record 200 career receptions when he plays his final game as a Cowboy on Saturday afternoon. He enters this week with 198 career catches. Rufran also needs only six 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.

The two latest Cowboy starters to fall to injury are senior quarterback Colby Kirkegaard (ankle) and freshman cornerback Robert Priester (knee). Both suffered injuries versus Boise State on Nov. 22. As of Monday, Nov. 24 head coach Craig Bohl said there was a chance that Kirkegaard may be available in Wyoming's season finale at New Mexico. Priester is not expected to play versus the Lobos. His spot will be filled by senior cornerback Tyran Finley.

New Mexico features the conference's best rushing attack. The Lobos average 318 yards rushing per contest, led by the running back duo of Jhurell Pressley and Teriyon Gipson. He is the younger brother of former Wyoming Cowboy defensive backs Marcell and Tashaun Gipson. They each rank in the top 10 of the MW in rushing yards per game, averaging 87 and 75 yards per game, respectively. Pressley leads the squad with 11 touchdowns through 11 games.

Quarterback Lamar Jordan has thrown five touchdown passes and averaged 78 passing yards per game. He also averages 54 rushing yards and has scored three rushing TDs.

New Mexico suffered a huge injury of their own when linebacker Dakota Cox, who was leading the MW in tackles per game at nearly 13 tackles per game, suffered a season-ending injury two weeks ago against Boise State. The squad's second-leading tackler, David Guthrie, adds 6.5 tackles per contest and has returned one fumble 43 yards for a score.

The Lobos have intercepted 10 passes in 2014. Three players have tallied two interceptions each. Those three are: Tevin Newman, SaQwan Edwards and Cranston Jones.

Head coach Bob Davie is in his third season in Albuquerque. His three-year record at New Mexico stands at 10-26.

Wyoming will have 24 seniors playing their final game as Cowboys this Saturday in Albuquerque.