Dec. 2, 2008
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
University of Wyoming Athletics Director Tom Burman and University of Nebraska Athletics Director Tom Osborne announced jointly on Tuesday that the Wyoming Cowboys and Nebraska Huskers have signed a contract for a three-game football series to begin in Laramie, Wyo., on Sept. 24, 2011. The second and third games in the series are to be played in Lincoln, Neb., on Aug. 31, 2013, and Sept. 17, 2016.
Nebraska's trip to Wyoming in 2011 will be the first appearance ever by the Huskers in Laramie.
"It is exciting to play a program with the tradition of Nebraska, while at the same time renewing a regional series against an old rival," said Burman. "I believe this is the kind of series our fans want us to play, and to be able to bring Nebraska to Laramie for the first time in history will be a special game for Cowboy fans.
"I want to thank Tom Osborne and Bo Pelini (Nebraska head football coach) for working with us to make this series a reality."
The Cowboys and Huskers have not played each other since 1994 when Wyoming battled Nebraska in Lincoln's Memorial Stadium before falling by a score of 32-42. The Huskers went on to win the 1994 National Championship. The Cowboys led by then head coach Joe Tiller and future All-America wide receiver Marcus Harris scored more points against NU than any other opponent in 1994.
Wyoming and Nebraska have played each other a total of five previous times -- all in Lincoln, Neb. Nebraska won each of those previous five meetings in 1934, 1968, 1983, 1984 and 1994.
In addition to the announcement of the Nebraska series, Wyoming also announced new series versus the University of Idaho, of the Western Athletic Conference (WAC), and Southern Utah, a Football Championship Series (formerly NCAA I-AA) program.
Wyoming's series versus Idaho will be a two-game contract starting on Sept. 22, 2012, in Moscow, Idaho. The Vandals will return to Laramie on Sept. 7, 2013.
Southern Utah and the Cowboys will play a single game in Wyoming's War Memorial Stadium on Sept. 4, 2010.
"We are also pleased to sign deals with two other quality regional opponents in Idaho and Southern Utah," said Burman.