Nov. 30, 2004
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
It was announced jointly today by the Pioneer PureVision Las Vegas Bowl Executive Committee and the University of Wyoming that the Wyoming Cowboys have officially accepted an invitation to play in the Las Vegas Bowl on Dec. 23, 2004.
Tina Kunzer-Murphy, Executive Director of the Pioneer PureVision Las Vegas Bowl, and Gary Barta, Athletics Director at the University of Wyoming, made the joint announcement. Head coach Joe Glenn officially accepted the invitation on behalf of the Wyoming Football team.
The University of Wyoming and Pioneer PureVision Las Vegas Bowl made the announcement immediately after the invitation was extended to Wyoming so that Cowboy fans could begin making their plans to attend the game.
The 2004 Pioneer PureVision Las Vegas Bowl will be played on Dec. 23, 2004, in Sam Boyd Stadium in Las Vegas, Nev. The game will kick off at 6:45 p.m., Pacific Time (7:45 p.m., Mountain Time). Wyoming's opponent for the 2004 Las Vegas Bowl has not yet been selected. The game will be televised on ESPN, and will also be carried on the Pacific Sports Radio Network and the Cowboy Sports Network.
"There is great enthusiasm associated with Wyoming, and we have witnessed that first hand here in Las Vegas," said Tina Kunzer-Murphy. "Their support of the conference football championship in 1996, and the conference basketball tournament through the years has been impressive. Our congratulations to Joe (Glenn), his staff and his team for the great turnaround. We are excited to host the Cowboys, and some of the greatest sports fans in the country. Wyoming's opponent will not be decided until Dec. 5. It will either be a Pacific-10 team or an at-large team based on the outcome of the BCS rankings."
"We are extremely excited and proud to receive this invitation," said UW Athletics Director Gary Barta. "We want to thank Pioneer PureVision and the Las Vegas Bowl Committee. We are so proud of Coach Glenn and the team. Our fans have been wonderful as this program has fought its way back to prominence. We are calling on our fans once again to show their great support. For our future in postseason, it is important that we have a great show of support in Las Vegas. Part of our commitment to the bowl is to sell at least 8,000 tickets, and I'm confident we can surpass that. I would like to remind fans to buy tickets through the UW Athletics Ticket Office either on-line, by phone or in person. Our thanks to President (Philip) Dubois, Governor (Dave) Freudenthal, our legislature, our fans and everyone else who has invested in the strategic plan. This is a great testimony that the plan is working."
"We hit the jackpot," said head football coach Joe Glenn. "We are really excited about going to the Las Vegas Bowl. It is a tremendous reward for the season we had. To a man and to a fan, we're excited about going to Las Vegas and playing on Dec. 23.
"This is the culmination of a lot of hard work over the last two years. I couldn't be happier for our team and our coaches, our fans and students, but I'm especially happy for our seniors on this football team. They endured some hard times, and came through the wrestlebacks to get into a bowl game their senior year. They should be awfully proud."
Tickets to the 2004 Pioneer PureVision Las Vegas Bowl can be purchased immediately by calling the University of Wyoming Athletics Ticket Office at 1-800-922-9461 or locally in Laramie at 766-4850. Cowboy fans can also go on-line at www.WyomingAthletics.com to order their Las Vegas Bowl tickets.
Wyoming's host hotel is the Golden Nugget. Fans are urged to make reservations at 1-800-634-3454. The media headquarters will be the Hard Rock Hotel. Media representatives may call 1-800-473-7625 and ask for the media block.
The Wyoming Football program is one of the great turnaround stories in college football this season. Joe Glenn and his staff have taken a team that won only two games the season prior to his arrival in Laramie, and over a two-year period has guided the Cowboys to its first bowl game since 1993.
Wyoming's last bowl appearance was in the 1993 Copper Bowl in Tucson, Ariz., versus Kansas State. UW has played a total of 10 bowl games throughout its history.
The Wyoming Cowboys have played some of the most exciting games in the history of Sam Boyd Stadium. Wyoming has played five overtime games in its history and four of those overtime classics have been played in Sam Boyd Stadium.