Nov. 30, 2011
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
The Wyoming Cowboys and Colorado State Rams will meet for the 103rd time on Saturday in a game that will kick off at Noon, Mountain Time from CSU's Hughes Stadium.
In the history of "The Border War" series between the Cowboys and Rams, the two teams have never played this late in the season and have never played in the month of December. Interestingly, the previous latest games played in the series both fell on Nov. 30 and have historic significance in relation to this year's game. The very first meeting in the series was played on Nov. 30, 1899, and exactly 100 years ago the Cowboys and Rams also played on Nov. 30, 1911.
Wyoming enters Saturday's regular-season finale with a 7-4 overall record, 4-2 in the Mountain West. Colorado State is 3-8 and 1-5 in the Mountain West.
UW can finish no lower than third in the conference, and can secure sole possession of third place with a win on Saturday. The Cowboys are already assured of matching their best finish since joining the Mountain West as founding members in 1999. UW tied for third in 2006 with a 5-3 conference record.
The Cowboys have already earned bowl-eligible status this season. This is the second time in the three years of the Dave Christensen era that UW has been bowl eligible. The last time the Pokes appeared in two bowls in a three-year period was 1988-90.
With its seven regular-season wins entering Saturday's game, UW has won seven games in the regular season for the first time since a 7-4 campaign in 1999. Wyoming is seeking its first eight-win season since 1998, when it concluded the season with an 8-3 mark.
UW has won the last two meetings in the rivalry. Overall, UW trails in the series 42-55-5. The two archrivals are playing for the 66th consecutive season. They have played each other uninterrupted since the 1946 season. In the 65 meetings following the end of World War II, Wyoming leads the series 37-28-0.
This year's meeting will be the 44th time the two schools have battled for the "Bronze Boot". The traveling trophy was established in 1968 by the ROTC detachments from each school. The "Bronze Boot" portion of the series is as close as a rivalry can get. Wyoming has captured the boot 22 times, while Colorado State has earned it on 21 occasions.
Leading up to Saturday's game, the members of each school's ROTC units will conduct the traditional "Bronze Boot Run" with the game ball being carried the 65 miles between Laramie and Fort Collins on US 287. The game ball is scheduled to leave War Memorial Stadium in Laramie at 5:15 a.m. Friday, with the exchange ceremony between the two schools scheduled to occur at about 10 a.m. at the Wyoming-Colorado border on US 287.
Saturday's game will be broadcast live on radio over the 25 affiliate stations of the Cowboy Sports Network beginning with the pregame show at 11 a.m. on Saturday. The game will also be televised live on The Mtn. beginning at Noon.